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Maradona named Argentina’s football coach


Buenos Aires : Former Argentine football superstar Diego Maradona has been named coach of the country’s national team, he confirmed after a meeting with Argentine football federation President Julio Grondona.

The news followed a meeting Tuesday that Maradona and former national coach Carlos Bilardo held with Grondona.

“Now the real work begins,” Maradona said.

The legendary footballer will be introduced as Argentina coach Thursday on his 48th birthday.

Since his playing days, Maradona has struggled with drug problems, spending long periods in treatment, while also battling his weight and suffering heart ailments.

Bilardo, who coached Argentina to the 1986 World Championship with Maradona as its star, will serve as an advisor to Maradona.