Football You Missed

Football You Missed, Nov 1: Bow before your majesty - Maradona

The Argentina superstar is given a gift by old club Newell's Old Boys...

2:04pm on Friday 1st November 2019
Martin Macdonald


Former footballer and Mexico international Cuauhtemoc Blanco could run for president of Mexico for the 2024 elections. Blanco, who featured for Mexico in three World Cups and who won the Confederations Cup, move into politics after retiring from football, and has served as Municipal president of Cuernavaca and, currently, Governor of Morelos. A member of various left-wing socialist groups and parties, he is believed to be popular among the Mexican people due to his footballing past, hence his desire to campaign for president. Some say politics and football don't mix. Blanco, undoubtedly, would disagree.


When at a sporting event, there can be nothing more embarrassing than not realising you're on the big screen for everyone to see. You could be picking your nose, scratching your backside, or both, like Joachim Low. Sadly for Branislav Ivanovic, it was his innovative tactics masterclass on the bench, signalling player positioning by moving one finger in behind the other. His realisation that everyone is looking at him is priceless.


It seems like goals from the halfway line in Japan are like London buses - you wait ages for one, then two come along at the same time, in the same game, by the same team, within two minutes. Montedio Yamagata's Shun Nakamura initially scores with a lovely lofted effort over goalkeeper Masahiro Okamoto, who really does not cover himself in glory just a minute later, as he scampers back to ultimately fail in stopping a bouncing strike from Tatushiro Sakamoto. A fairly impressive couple of minutes of horrendous goalkeeping.


Juventus aren't in great form at the moment, as they had to rely on a 96th minute penalty from Cristiano Ronaldo to defeat Genoa this week. A dull game for the most part, but CR7 made sure the spotlight was fully on him eventually, as within just a few minutes in injury time he scored what he thought was the winner, saw it disallowed, got up, won a penalty moments later, and then scored it to win all three points for the Bianconeri.


Diego Maradona is a god in the eyes of some Argentine football fans, and ones in Napoli too, but if you can't treat him like a god, at least treat him like a king. That is exactly what Newell's Old Boys did for Diego upon his return to the club as head coach of Gimnasia in a fixture between the two teams this week. The World Cup winner was given a commemorative plaque, a kit, and, of course, his own throne to watch the game at the side of the pitch. How did he repay the gesture from Newell's? He guided Gimnasia to a 4-0 away victory, of course.

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