Maradona Looking for an Apology

Say what you will about the habitually controversial Diego Maradona, but the Argentinean soccer legend and current national team head coach has his squad in top form heading into the knockout stage of the 2010 World Cup. After a 3-0 start, Maradona must be feeling just fine about converting his Argentinean critics into believers. Good enough to say this:

Many journalists should apologize to the players. I’m not suggesting you drop your trousers, but it would be honest and great so we all get along better … It isn’t easy going from being nobodies back home to winning three matches at a World Cup. At the training camp, we had to swallow what you all said about us being a disaster—the worst Argentine team you’d ever seen. All of a sudden we’re an excellent team … the most handsome people in the ‘barrio!”

First of all, I’m not suggesting Maradona drops his trousers either. Second, the one-and-done system of the knock out stage is a volatile format for competition, and Maradona may be eating his words come Sunday when Argentina faces Mexico in Johannesburg. Self destruction is a pain like that. So yes, Maradona, you have a point and nice work in group play, but just because your critics are now your supporters does not mean that they don’t expect a bit more than you have offered so far.

Maradona: Time for critics to say sorry [FOXSports]

Who Wants to See Maradona Naked?

Here’s a little taste of 2010 World Cup fever for you: Argentinean soccer legend and current national team manager Diego Maradona promised an Argentinean radio show that if his squad wins the World Cup he will run naked through downtown Buenos Aires. Some coaching strategies are beyond me.

The 49-year-old well known for the infamous “Hand of God” goal made the statement a day after Argentina defeated Canada 5-0 in a pre-World Cup warm-up match. The reporter asked Maradona what he would do if Argentina won its third World Cup title, to which Maradona pointedly replied, “If we win the World Cup, I will get naked and run around the Obelisk.”

For the non-geography students out there, the Obelisk is a tall, four sided landmark in Buenos Aires that was constructed to commemorate the 400th anniversary of the city. Maradona also took the interview opportunity to explain why he opted not to play reigning FIFA player of the year Lionel Messi against Canada: “If something were to have happened to [Messi] in that match, I’d have been kicked – you can imagine where.”

So for those of you sports fans that follow soccer one summer out of every four years looking for a club to support, consider this Maradona’s bid for your allegiance.

Maradona will run naked if Argenita wins Cup [FOX Sports]