A Nod from God – MaradonaWritten by Paul Gallagher
Why you ask, can a team with world class players and a legend for a coach be so short of support in their own country's eyes..
Step up one Diego Armando Maradona the 49 year old, 5ft 4inch destroyer of many a club and country in his time on the green baize that is a football pitch.
Lest we forget about his off the field problems with drugs and his infamous on the field exploits with his hand against England at the '86 World Cup.
He was an immense footballer for his size and stature
Maradona these days courts controversy wherever he goes, whether it be taking pot shots at journalists with his pop gun, or his outspoken manner and nonchalant behaviour.
Its more akin to Alex Higgins managing Northern Ireland, than coaching one of the world's most flamboyant international teams.
Juan Riquelme is a top notch midfield player who refused to play for Argentina since Maradona took the job on in 2008 stating that he and Diego cannot work together.
So with player unrest and supporter nervousness can Argentina go the whole way and win the famous trophy.. the doubters say no.. but I say YES.
What better way for Maradona to be reviled in his native Argentina than mastering the greatest surprise of all.
For starters all his squad in South Africa can have sex on non match days.. so they are all gonna be happy bunnies, can you see Signor Capello agreeing to the same with England.. I think not.
He's under no real pressure to win anything as the majority of football fans think he will ruin Argentina's chances with his unpredictable management style.
Although they didn't look convincing in qualification.. in fact they were pretty shabby, but when the main event starts, they will be more than ready for any team, that's the Argentina way.
In fact I think it will only make the players stronger, they will want to win for themselves and their manager, they will want to show the world that they can all 'work together' with a common purpose.
It's probably gonna be 4-3-3 with the emphasis on the fellas at the back giving the ball to the fellas at the front to score as many as they can.
Looking at the imaginary first X1, it's fairly experienced with not only the fab three in attack but Samuel in the middle, Mascherano behind him and Heinze and Demichelis at the back
Spain and Brazil may well be the bookies favourites. But I would love to see Diego "Armando" Maradona and squad go forward from that hand of God in '86', to a nod from God in 2010.
© Words Paul Gallagher/ ZANI