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The Maradona Diaries
Clockwise, from top left: Maradona wins the 1986 World Cup; posing before a game; at a drug rehabilitation centre in 2000; taking on Belgium in 1982; and the 'Hand of God' goal in 1986 against England

Diego Maradona has not lost the ability to surprise. The most famous Argentine on earth is taking over as coach of the national side.

Since his extraordinary and controversial playing career ended in 1997, Maradona has been treated for cocaine abuse and alcoholism, suffered two major heart attacks and undergone gastric bypass surgery.

It is, frankly, a miracle he is still alive, and he seems intent on making the most of his second chance.

BBC Sport takes a look at El Diego's recent globe-trotting adventures...

see also
Maradona named as Argentina coach
04 Nov 08 |  Internationals

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