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Newell's Old Boys gift Diego Maradona godlike reception, vital win for his birthday

Diego Maradona poses for a photo with Maxi Rodriguez ahead of the match between Newell's Old Boys and Gimnasia.
Diego Maradona was warmly welcomed by Newell's Old Boys on Tuesday.

Diego Maradona turned 59 on Wednesday, and on the eve of his birthday a huge party was thrown in his honour. Maradona was the visiting coach in a fiercely partisan Argentine football culture that currently bans visiting fans, and yet he was treated like royalty.

He took his Gimnasia side to Rosario, the country's second city, for a match on Tuesday against Newell's Old Boys. On the Monday night the Newell's fans gathered outside Maradona's hotel to sing his praises. Come the game, he was given...

Toe Poke Daily: Newell's Old Boys give Argentina legend Diego Maradona king's treatment

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Diego Maradona coached Gimnasia on Tuesday from his very own pitchside throne.

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We all know that Diego Maradona enjoys god-like status in Argentina, but Newell's Old Boys took it to new heights on Tuesday.

The Albiceleste legend, now coach of Gimnasia La Plata, was welcomed by his former club Newell's with a special pre-match presentation which included his very own chair on the sideline from which to coach from.


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The latest edition of El Clasico between Barcelona and Real Madrid has been postponed due to the ongoing political protests in Catalonia.

The storied fixture...

Diego Maradona collects first victory as Gimnasia manager

Diego Maradona celebrates his first win since taking over at Gimnasia last month.

Two late goals helped Gimnasia to a long-awaited first victory under recently appointed coach Diego Maradona on Saturday.

Victor Ayala and Matias Garcia scored in the 83rd and 87th minutes, after opponents Godoy Cruz had had two men sent off.

The goals gave Gimnasia a vital 4-2 away win in their bid to stave off relegation from Argentina's Superliga.

The win was a huge boost to Maradona, the famed World Cup winner who took over at the club last month.

After three successive defeats under Maradona,...

Copa Libertadores semifinals: Boca vs. River ante raised higher; can Gremio beat Flamengo?

Any game between River Plate and Boca Juniors is always full of emotion.

Buenos Aires is bracing itself twice over for the events of Tuesday. First, heavy rain is forecast. Second, there could already be enough thunder and lightning supplied by the first leg of the Copa Libertadores semifinal between River Plate and Boca Juniors -- a half anticipated, half dreaded meeting of historic rivals.

Last year, of course, they met in the two-legged final. The whole saga proved too big, too dramatic, too intense for the city, and after fan violence outside River's stadium the...