Argentine soccer icon Diego Armando Maradona is reportedly in negotiations to coach the Palestinian soccer team ahead of the AFC Asian Cup tournament in Australia in 2015. Maradona has expressed support for the Palestinians in the past. When he was still coaching in UAE, he told reporters “I am the number one fan of the Palestinian people. I respect them and sympathize with them,” according to Ynet.
He even promised the Palestinian football team to visit Palestine, and said, “I support this nation’s cause, since I grew up on struggle and standing against injustice.” (Maradona (C) plays the ball during the inter-religious ‘match for peace’ soccer game in Rome’s Olympic Stadium, September 1, 2014 | AFP)
The Palestinian national team, decimated by Israeli murders and detention of its players, has jumped to 85th in the FIFA rankings, its highest in history, compared to Canada’s dismal ranking at 122.
MANILA, Philippines (8 Sept) – The Palestinian soccer team was the Cinderella story of the sporting world following its against-the-odds victory in the Asian Football Confederation’s Challenge Cup in May. It wasn’t just that it won its first ever international piece of silverware. Or that it did so without conceding a goal in all five matches in The Maldives. Continue reading