Maradona named Argentina's football coach
Former Argentine football superstar Diego Maradona has been
named coach of the country's national team, he confirmed Tuesday after a
meeting with Argentine football federation President Julio Grondona, dpa
The news followed a meeting Tuesday that Maradona and former national coach Carlos Bilardo held with Grondona.
"Now the real work begins," Maradona said.
The legendary footballer will be introduced as Argentina coach on Thursday, his 48 birthday.
Since his playing days, Maradona has struggled with drug problems, spending long periods in treatment, while also battling his weight and suffering heart ailments.
Bilardo, who coached Argentina to the 1986 World Championship with Maradona as its star, will serve as an advisor to Maradona.