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Diego Maradona and Watching a Breakdown Unfold

June 27th, 2018 · 1 Comment · Football, Maradona, Russia 2018, soccer, World Cup

Got to give it to Diego Maradona. The Argentinian God-handed hero/star/drama queen/double-bird-flipping raving lunatic may be the only man alive whose activities in and around the 2018 World Cup could nearly overshadow Germany being knocked out of the tournament in the group stage today. Nearly. We all know what happened to Germany — that hot […]

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Two Matches and Some Good News/Bad News

March 29th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, Football, Maradona, soccer, World Cup

The two national soccer teams I follow had successful results today. The UAE got a brilliant goal from Omar Abdulrahman, the best player in the Mideast, as the Emiratis secured a place in the final round of Asia qualifying for the 2018 Russia World Cup with a 1-1 draw versus Saudi Arabia. Abdulrahman not only […]

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A Record Fine Spices a UAE Rivalry

November 20th, 2013 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Dubai, Fifa, Football, Maradona, soccer, The National, UAE

The UAE has soccer “derbies”, in the English sense — rivalries between neighbors. Al Wahda and Al Jazira, for instance, located only a couple of miles apart, here in Abu Dhabi. Sharjah’s two teams, Al Shaab and Sharjah, have a strong rivalry, too. But the country does not really have rivalries involving teams from different […]

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David Beckham and Not Getting It Right

January 31st, 2013 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Football, France, Galaxy, Italy, Maradona, Paris, Pro League, soccer, UAE

David Beckham signed with Paris Saint-Germain today, and in my humble opinion he missed an opportunity to end his career with a dramatic and daring flourish. Signing with PSG is consistent with Beckham’s peregrinations since leaving Manchester United in 2003 — big clubs in world cities. He could have done it in a far more […]

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The National’s Sports Year-Ender

December 27th, 2012 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Journalism, London Olympics, Maradona, Motor racing, Newspapers, Olympics, Sports Journalism, The National

In yesterday’s post, I noted how difficult it is, in the Western world, to have good newspapers in the final week of the year. Parliaments are not in session, stock exchanges take days off, sources are out of town, fewer games are scheduled. At newspapers, one of the bits of enterprise often used to fill […]

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Maradona, (Idle?) Rumors and Iraq

December 21st, 2012 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Fifa, Football, Maradona, soccer, UAE, World Cup

This was a story that developed overnight. Or perhaps it is more correct to describe it as “speculation that morphed into quasi-news” overnight. This out of Argentina: The Iraqi Football Association was about to hire Diego Maradona as coach of its national team, which remains in contention for a 2014 World Cup berth. This out […]

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Beckham to the UAE!

November 20th, 2012 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Football, Galaxy, Maradona, Pro League, soccer, Sports Journalism, The National, UAE

Why not? Those were the words from Kefah Al Kaabi, a TV and radio soccer pundit here in the UAE. The question was:

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More Maradona in the UAE

September 3rd, 2012 · No Comments · Maradona, soccer, The National, UAE

Beginning to think this guy is like chewing gum on the UAE sneaker. Impossible to get rid of. Diego Maradona, who fairly conclusively demonstrated, again, during the 2011-12 UAE Pro League season that he cannot effectively coach the game he played with such flair, was fired in June by the Dubai club Al Wasl … […]

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Twitter: A Creepy Source of News

June 17th, 2012 · No Comments · Dubai, Football, Maradona, soccer

I am a bit stunned at the idea that people get their “news” from Twitter. The system is fine for instant opinion or random complaints or raves. But it’s less believable, as a new source, than just about any medium ever invented. “No filters” is the operative phrase here. The guy sitting next to you […]

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Maradona’s Wretched First UAE Season

June 11th, 2012 · No Comments · Dubai, Football, Maradona, Pro League, soccer, The National, UAE

He came, he saw, he stunk it up. If anyone has the Latin for that (after the veni, vidi part) … feel free to pass it along. Diego Maradona‘s first season as a coach in the UAE came to an ignominious end on June 10 when his Al Wasl team blew a 3-1 lead after […]

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