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Maradona keeps Gimnasia gig despite season struggles

Alessandro Del Piero explains why Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona shouldn't be measured against each other.
Sid Lowe compares the greatness of Argentinian greats Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

Diego Maradona will remain as coach of Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima until the end of the 2020-2021 season after extending his contract, the club said on Wednesday.

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Although it gave no details, the club whose fans are known as Triperos, tweeted: "For us, you are one more Tripero and your heart is as blue and white as ours. GIMNASIA 2021 MARADONA."

The 1986 World Cup winner took charge at Gimnasia in September 2019 when they were bottom of the first division.

Although...

Soccer's post-coronavirus transfer market could spell tough times for South American clubs

Julien Laurens agrees with Karl-Heinz Rummenigge that transfer fees and players' wages will inevitably go down.
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Watching the ball rolling in the Bundesliga as football in Germany resumed amid the coronavirus pandemic will no doubt further increase the impatience in South America to get football restarted.

Last week CONMEBOL, the continent's federation, held a video conference meeting to discuss a possible timescale for resuming its club competitions, the Copa Libertadores and the Copa Sudamericana -- respectively, equivalents of the Champions and Europa Leagues.

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Maradona asks for Hand of God to end coronavirus pandemic

Alessandro Del Piero explains why Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona shouldn't be measured against each other.
Sid Lowe compares the greatness of Argentinian greats Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona.

Gimnasia la Plata boss Diego Maradona has said that he wishes a "Hand of God" would help the world defeat the coronavirus pandemic rather than save his side from relegation.

The Argentine Football Association voted to suspend relegation for two seasons on Tuesday, saving the Maradona-coached Gimnasia, who are bottom of the league, from going down.

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Argentina FA suspends relegation for two years due to coronavirus

Alessandro Del Piero explains why Lionel Messi and Diego Maradona shouldn't be measured against each other.
Javier Aguirre remembers watching Lionel Messi for the first time in 2002 and had "no doubts" he'd be great.
Steve Nicol picks the West Germany team from the 1986 World Cup as the greatest side he's ever witnessed.

Argentina declared its football season over on Monday and said there will be no relegation for two seasons because of the disruption caused by the new coronavirus outbreak.

"We are ending the tournaments," Claudio Tapia, president of the Argentine Football Association, told TNT Sports, adding that the decision will be ratified officially on Tuesday.

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Maradona offers to cut pay during pandemic to help Argentina club

Julien Laurens analyses the Premier League's 30 percent wage cut proposal as the season remains suspended.
Diego Maradona took over the helm of La Plata in September.

Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata coach Diego Maradona has offered to cut his salary during the coronavirus pandemic to help the relegation-threatened outfit, club president Gabriel Pellegrino has said. 

Argentinian football has been suspended indefinitely since March 17 and Superliga clubs are in discussions to cut the wages of players and staff to cope with the financial impact of the pandemic.

"We exchanged messages and he [Maradona] was among the first that said that if we had to review...