Diego Maradona named coach of second division UAE team


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Published 1:14 a.m. ET May 8, 2017 | Updated 1 hour ago

Football great Diego Maradona has been appointed as coach of second division side Al-Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates.

The former Argentina star, now 56, has been out of management since being sacked by Dubai’s Al-Wasl in 2012 but has now found a new role in the UAE second tier.

A statement on the club’s Twitter feed on Sunday read: “Officially: Maradona as coach of Fujairah”

Maradona himself wrote on his official Facebook page: “I want to tell you that I’m the new coach of Al-Fujairah SC, in the second division of the United Arab Emirates.”

Attaching a picture of himself posing with an Al-Fujairah shirt with his name and his famous No. 10 on the back, he added: “Here are my new colours!”

Maradona won the 1986 World Cup with his country and reached the final four years later, and twice won Italy’s Serie A with Napoli.

His career also took him to Barcelona, Sevilla and his beloved Boca Juniors and he is typically mentioned alongside ex-Brazil striker Pele in discussions about the best player of…

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