Argentina legend Diego Maradona lands shock appointment as new manager of UAE side Al Fujairah

Former Argentina captain Diego Maradona has ended a five-year absence from football to return as coach of Al-Fujairah FC, the United Arab Emirates club announced on Sunday.

Diego Maradona appointed head coach of UAE’s Al-Fujairah


“I want to tell you that I am the new coach of Al-Fujairah SC, in the second division of the United Arab Emirates,” Maradona added on his Facebook page.

The club posted a picture of the former Boca Juniors, Napoli and Barcelona striker holding their red and white shirt with his name and No. 10 on the back.

The Argentina legend has been out of work since he was sacked by Dubai club Al Wasl in July 2012.

The controversial figure has the task of guiding the club back to the first division after they failed at the first attempt following relegation.

Maradona’s adviser Rashid Ali Garcia tweeted: “Diego is with the leaders of Fujairah. The agreement is for a year.”

The Napoli legend is regarded as one of best footballers to have graced the game but his coaching career hasn’t had the same success.

He managed Argentine side Textil Mandiyu in 1994 before moving to Racing Club a year later.

Then in 2008 he surprised the footballing world when he took the Argentina national side job where he was eventually sacked following a 4-0 defeat to Germany at the 2010 World Cup quarter-finals.

A move to Al Wasl in 2011 followed but he endured a trophyless campaign and eighth place finish which resulted in Maradona facing the axe.

The appointment is a downgrade on the Napoli job he was hoping for.

Just last week he told Italian TV show Amici: “Would I coach Napoli? If the people wanted it, then yes.

“First of all I have to sort out the problems I have here in Italy, then I can work for Napoli in Italy and in the world.”


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