Diego Maradona – once more - publicly takes pride in supporting the Palestinian case and people.
Remember that video where Maradona was happily holding the “Kofiyya” (Palestinian symbol), while in Dubai? Well, Maradona again showed his love and support to the Palestinian people by doing a similar act again.
Diego Maradona took part in the opening ceremony for the qualification round of the Special United Olympic Football (I am not sure about the name) – for Special Needs. He was present as the ambassador of the Dubai Sports Council and the players and attendees of the event had the Palestinian flag.
Maradona gladly held the banner with Palestine’s flag and then took photos with everyone before he himself kicked-off the first ball of the first match.
Diego Maradona Holding Palestine Flag on a banner
Maradona surrounded by Palestinian players
Verónica Ojeda decided to pose with Maradona’s baby despite earlier warnings.
The son of Diego Maradona, Diego Fernando Maradona aka Dieguito, made his first steps into the media world. The mother, Veronica Ojeda, decided to go on the cover of the famous magazine “Gente” holding Dieguito while wearing an Argentina jersey with the name of Diego Maradona on it.
Diego Fernando was born on February 13 at 11.57pm and is Maradona’s fifth child. He is the newest addition to Dalma and Giannina, and unofficially Diego Sinagra and an unidentified girl.
Veronica is Maradona’s ex-girlfriend whom he broke up with while pregnant with Dieguito. Maradona still did not visit her or his newborn, and he has been issuing warnings to media and family about not showing any photos or releasing any related news.
Ojeda is also in a legal dispute with Claudia Villafane, who is Maradona’s ex-wife, as she claims Villafane threatened to harm her if she continued with the pregnancy.
In Front of His Daughter Dalma, Maradona could not help his team win
I have now joined the same group of people who can claim they have seen Maradona playing “ON the pitch.” It is not from the stands, but just standing behind him is where I stood and watched him play a competitive match at the age of 52.
Diego Maradona played his second game with the Dubai Sports Council team in the “7 Up Dubai Government Entities Football League” – Above 38 group.
The sad fact is that Dubai was not there to watch him. There were a few enthusiastic camera holders around him – including myself and my friend Wael, but that was not what you would expect when Maradona is playing. The lovely news came in the shape of Dalma Maradona who attended the game with some friends to support her father. Dalma Maradona was interviewed by MBC TV channel before she took her seat to enjoy the match.
Dalma Maradona being interviewed in Dubai
Maradona played a couple of minutes before deciding to leave the pitch in anger. He was mad at one of the opposition’s players. Maradona accused the player of being below the age of 38 and from where I was standing, the player looked like a 29 year old veteran.
Maradona stayed on the touchline for some time while his team was dragging 1-0. Then, a penalty kick was awarded against his team and the score became 2-0. Maradona cooled down and decided to go in again trying to help his team make a comeback.
At halftime, Maradona had another outburst trying to argue the same subject of the ‘underage’ player. He went in and played the entire second half providing some good passes and shooting a couple of freekicks, before the keeper miraculously saved a last minute shoot from him.
The match ended 2-0 and his team did not make it to the semi-finals. Maradona left the pitch in anger and asked Dalma to join him at once, refusing to stop for questions or photos with the few around him. It might be the result or the dubious refereeing decisions that caused all the upset, but Maradona was surely just being Maradona.
Diego Maradona taking a break at halftime; away from everyone
On 28 March, 2013, and at 19:15 Dubai Time (15:15 GMT), Diego Maradona may make another appearance in a football match.
Diego Maradona already played one out of two matches with the Dubai Sports Council team in the “7 Up Dubai Government Entities Football League” – Above 38 group. He scored 2 goals and assisted a third in the match his team won 3-2.
There is no confirmation, yet, whether Maradona will play the match but in case he does, I will be around to capture any additional “on-the-pitch” moment.
In the meantime, here is a new set of photos from his first game, as posted by “7Up Dubai Government Entities Football League – Facebook Page.”
Maradona Refreshing After the Match – CLICK the photo to see all the shots
One day, Benjamin will know how much history lies behind the mask!
The tagline is inspired by Rashid Ali Garcia who captured the photo below from the intimate moment of Diego Maradona with his grandson Benjamin. Maradona made it clear earlier how much he loves Benjamin, and in these pictures he pulls a Spiderman mask on to entertain him.
A special Spiderman toy from Maradona to Benjamin
Benjamin, I am your Grandfather!
You figured it all out, right? Lucky child!
Diego Maradona still has the technique and the magic touch.
Although I already wrote about Maradona’s participation with the Dubai Sports Council team in the “7 Up Dubai Government Entities Football League”, there are new material that floated and deserve a mention.
Maradona scored a goal in the game from a freekick, but unfortunately, the video acquired is for the one he missed. However, if you look at the technique he still has on the ball, you will realize how good he was and will always be. He has a magical left foot.
You can check all the photos collected for Maradona in this game here – You can also check “Diego Maradona Scores Twice for His Team in Dubai” here and “Maradona with a Great Move at the Age of 52″ here
Diego Maradona in action for his Dubai based team
I already posted some of the highlight’s from Maradona’s participation in a football game with his team in Dubai, here, and here is an additional footage.
At the age of 52, his control and vision are better than 99% of the footballers on this planet, combined! What a legend.
Diego Maradona manged to score two goals and assist a third in his team’s 3-2 win.
Maradona is participating with the Dubai Sports Council team in the “7 Up Dubai Government Entities Football League”.
The first goal came from a penalty kick and the second from a direct freekick, while he assisted the team’s third. He also got a yellow card in the match for arguing with the referee contesting one of the decisions.
There are no proper material from Maradona’s participation at this moment, except for the video below that was recorded by Rashid Ali Garcia’s mobile phone.
p.s. I am not writing a detailed description of the event but may do later, depending on Maradona’s second participation in the matches.
Diego Maradona in action for his Dubai based team
I heard a lot of stories on how Maradona loves to party in Dubai. I also got an eye witness telling me about the antics of Maradona and his ways of ‘partying’. Whatever he does, he is still a human being with a good spirit and lovely attitude toward life. In any case, until other photos are allowed to be leaked, here’s the one I managed to get.
The Caroline Wozniacki and Maradona Meeting Suggests Harassment!
During her participation in the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships, Caroline Wozniacki met Diego Maradona. She was glad she did and directly tweeted her photo with the football legend saying: “Had the honor to meet and talk to the legend of football! )”
However, some sick media/news agencies, mostly in Arabic, including YAHOO’s Maktoob Sports service (link here), suggested that Maradona may have attempted a kind of harassment toward the tennis star.
I know that Maradona is ‘different’, but the video showing here was misinterpreted just to create a yellow story and drive traffic. A real shame.
Caroline Wozniacki and Maradona at the Dubai Duty Free Tennis Championships
Check the ‘inspirational’ video HERE.