Report: Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona may coach for Iran
December 6th, 2010
09:01 AM ET

Report: Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona may coach for Iran

Argentina's soccer legend Diego Maradona may be the next coach of the Iranian National Football team, Iran's semi-official Mehr news agency reported on Monday.

In a recent ceremony to honor Iran's medal winners at the Asian games, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad confirmed plans to host a visit by Maradona and nodded when asked if the football great was coming to coach the national team, Mehr news reported.

Rumors of Maradona coaching Iran's national football first swirled last month when Iranian football officials announced a planned visit by the former coach of the Argentine national football team.

Ahmadinejad didn't make it clear when Maradona planned to visit Iran.

"Maradona will come to Iran but his visit is delayed," Mehr news quoted the president as saying.

- Journalist Farbod Jamali contributed to this report.

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  1. Madame

    Oh Jackson you dufus, who are all these other Ayatollah's that you speak of? can you name any? i dont need to educated myself in that matter, but perhaps you should.

    December 7, 2010 at 7:50 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Moon

    God..some of you here are sore losers you talk s**t about Iran when you guys have NEVER been there in the 1st place! Why don't you ask the Christians living in Iran for a start, eh? They are FREE to practice their religions and free to drink and eat whatever they want, though not in a public place coz like it or not, drinking alcohol and drugs ARE TWO OF THE WORST THINGS any human being can consume – because of alcohol people are killing people, because of alcohol every bad problems human can think of happened nowadays, same goes to drugs..that's why Islam AND Christian BANNED alcohol and drugs for their followers! And like the Madame here said..Iran has NEVER started any war in any part in the World, in fact they are the one ended up HELPING other countries which are/were being attacked and/or defending their own country! Why do you think those people in Syria and Lebanon LOVE Iran and it's current President?? Not to mention other people in Middle East even though their own governments are AFRAID to support Iran because they are AFRAID of Israel and USA?? Whether you believe it or not..people ARE FREE in Iran.

    Now back to football. Those of you thinking that Iran is a loser in football world is terribly MISLEADED in their information on Iranian football! Iran have one of the most successfull football teams in Asia. They are one of the BIG LEADERS in Asia's football. Why do you think A LOT of Iranian players are playing successfully in big clubs in Europe?? And their national team always be in the Top 10 in Asia's Football. It's only in the recent years that they are not doing enough to win trophies. With Maradonna going there, it will do GOOD to both sides. He will not face any difficulty in finding talents. Talents are everywhere in and outside Iran. And in return, he will have a very good team and one of the most passionate fans behind him supporting the national team everytime! And who knows, perhaps with being Iran's coach/manager, it will HELP him living a clean life and be a healthy person inside out towards the end of his life! Isn't that a VERY good thing?? Oh..if I'm not mistaken, Iran has been coached by a Christian too in the past!

    December 7, 2010 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse |
  3. Moon

    Non-football related here..but contrary to popular believes..Islam and majority of Muslims do NOT hate other religions and their believers. The truth is the other way around. I know coz I've been to Islamic countries, including Iran, a lot of time! And Iran is beautiful country! It will do only good for Maradona if he went there.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:32 pm | Report abuse |
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