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The Northern Territory news Sat 28 Nov 2020



The Northern Territory news Sat 28 Nov 2020

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SATURDAY NOVEMBER 28 2020 SPORT 55 V1 - NTNE01Z01MA Diegos dazzling display THROUGH all of his off-field faults and sins, there is simply no doubt about Diego Armando Maradona Francos place in the pantheon of footballing superstars. For many, he stands untouched. He was short in stature, but had big, strong shoulders and a barrel chest. His centre of gravity allowed him to hold the ball and shake off opponents with ease. Add his speed off the mark and astute tactical brain and you had a sheer football magician. Few headlines sum up the 60-year-old, who died on Thursday following a heart attack, better: Touched by God on the field, touched by the Devil off it. Australian fans got to see the football god first-hand in 1993 when he came here with the Argentine national team for a World Cup qualifier against the Socceroos at the old Sydney Football Stadium. Picture this. Its a warm, sunny spring day in Sydney and the air is filled with an electricity that is making the hairs on the back of the neck stand up. The hugely unlikely setting of Wentworth Park, while used for soccer in the 1950s, 60s and early 70s, but more renowned as the home of greyhound racing in Sydney, is about to be graced by one of the greatest footballers of all time. One wonders what some of the great players of today would think about having to train on a field inside a greyhound track, let alone someone of Maradonas stature. As the Argentina squad, all of them in this is business mode bar Maradona, who had that air of nonchalance, walk on to the pitch for a training session the mass of journalists, photographers and television cameramen surge forward, elbows and arms flailing. It was as if fans from the terraces of some of the great football grounds around the world had decided to invade this nondescript piece of real estate in the suburb of Ultimo all at once. It was mayhem. Argentina was full of quality players but, understandably, there were eyes only for the chunky, charismatic, pocket dynamo, Maradona. What was to follow left many of us gasping in disbelief. For just on an hour, he left all his troubles and dark secrets behind as he warmed up by juggling the ball for minutes on end, dribbling past teammates time and again and scoring goals at will all with his bootlaces undone. The Argentine journalists had no doubt seen it all before, but for those of us not fortunate enough to regularly witness the phenomenon, it was an eye-opener.Argentine great Diego Maradona is fouled by Socceroo Paul Wade back in 1993. RAY GATT A CRY goes up outside the San Paolo Stadium in Naples (pictured), where since daybreak on Thursday, tearful mourners have been laying candles and messages for football great Diego Maradona. Diego, Diego, Diego! chants the crowd, which gathered where scarfs and shirts in Napolis blue and white have been hung on the fence, transforming it into a makeshift shrine to the citys adopted king. Hear our voices, hear our hearts, shouts Rosario, 77, famed among fans as the stadiums resident poet, as men in face masks in the teams colours openly weep. Buildings around the south ern Italian city are adorned with depictions of the man who dragged Napoli to the top of the Italian game and became an icon for Neapolitans, whose chaotic city was feared and loathed by the rest of Italy. Napolis players honoured their club legend by stepping out onto the pitch on Thursday evening wearing his number 10 jersey ahead of their Europa League match against Rijeka, which they won 2-0. All wearing black armbands, the players observed a minutes silence under a photo projected on a large screen in the empty stadium of the man who led Napoli to league titles in 1987 and 1990. Maradona played for the then-unfashionable Napoli between 1984 and 1991, after joining following an unhappy spell at Spanish club Barcelona. He also lifted the 1989 UEFA Cup, Napolis only European trophy. Maradona didnt play with his feet, he played with his head nobody scored Maradonas goals, said 46-year old Fernando Carfora. Tears flow for legend All the news for $1 a day, delivered to you. 1800 174 079 | ntnews.com.au/value $1 a day for the first 6 months. Min. cost $31.* Subscribe to the NT News and get the convenience of complete online access, plus 7 day newspaper home delivery for just $1 a day for the first 6 months. *Digital Subscription + 7 Day Delivery costs $1 every day billed approximately monthly (min. cost $30 if you sign up in September and min. cost $31 if you sign up in October) for the first 6 months. The amount you pay each month for the first 6 payments will vary between $28-$31 depending on the number of days in a month. 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