Maradona hired to coach club in UAE

Argentina's coach Diego Maradona celebrates his team's goal against Nigeria during the 2010 World...

Argentina's coach Diego Maradona celebrates his team's goal against Nigeria during the 2010 World Cup Group B soccer match at Ellis Park stadium in Johannesburg June 12, 2010. (REUTERS/Eddie Keogh)

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Argentina legend Diego Maradona was hired to coach United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl on Monday, signing a two- year deal.

Maradona has been out of coaching since last summer's World Cup, where he led Argentina to the quarterfinals, and he will take charge of Al Wasl at the start of next season in September.

"Al Wasl Sports Club has become synonymous with achievements of this caliber, and we are very pleased to be welcoming Maradona to a long line of accolades in the club's history," vice chairman Marwan Bin Bayat said in a statement. "This partnership embodies the vision of the club as it embraces forward thinking developments in the region to establish unprecedented standards for the sport."

The 50-year-old Maradona has a relatively thin coaching resume that includes stops at Deportivo Mandiyu in 1994 and Racing Club in 1995 before taking over as coach of Argentina in 2008.


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