The Victorious team has already started touring the Arab countries to discover football talents.
For those who do not know what ‘The Victorious’ is, here is a brief summary:
Dubai Media Incorporated has launched a Football Talent Academy Show called “The Victorious”. It will be a reality TV show on Dubai TV and Dubai Sports TV and under the supervision of Diego Maradona and Michel Salgado. The show will see off 22 contestants from the Arab countries trying to compete for the title. The winner will be granted $ 100,000 and a chance to join Juventus, Real Madrid, or Hamburger SV.
The team running the show is already visiting the Arab countries for the try outs.
The big news is that the talents of LEBANON are invited to apply and participate on 7 February 2014. They will be tested against speed, skills, physical attributes, and personal traits. Any possible talent between the ages of 16 and 22 can apply.
If you are interested, here is the link to APPLY.
For more information, follow @dubaiTV on Twitter or check their website: http://dmi.ae/thevictorious/
A new/old video surfaced the web in the past two days, and it is worth at least one post:
Diego Maradona’s “Goal of the Century” against England at the 1986 World Cup, as seen from behind Peter Shilton’s goal.
Watch again and again and enjoy!
Football legends Diego Maradona and Thierry Henry participated in the celebrations for the 42nd UAE National Day. They both put on the national dress and happily joined the people in Dubai for the celebrations.
Here are some shots off Twitter and a video showing Maradona dancing the traditional UAE way.
Diego Maradona at the UAE National Day Celebrations
Thierry Henry at the UAE National Day Celebrations
Photoshoped or not (and that might be Messi’s photo with the t-shirt), it doesn’t matter. Keep religion and politics out of football. Make football NOT war.
Messi and Maradona: A call for peace?
This photo has brought out angry feelings from certain Messi fans of a specified religion/sect/ethnicity/race.
I am not posting it to defend or attack Messi, but to remind everyone of the severe and unjust campaign Maradona suffered from around the year 1995.
Maradona and Messi at the Wailing Wall, Jerusalem
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