'I Don't Know How Much of Diego Is Left' – The Turbulent Life of Maradona
We spoke to Oscar-winning director Asif Kapadia about his new documentary, 'Diego Maradona', which tells the story of one of the most iconic footballers of all time.
Daniel Dylan Wray
Inside the 'Church' Devoted to Maradona
Diego Armando Maradona is one of the best football players of all time. And for many fans, he’s a god.
the butcher of bilbao
How The ‘Butcher of Bilbao’ Almost Ended Diego Maradona’s Career
On 24 September 1983, the man fans called ‘Goiko’ committed one of the most infamous fouls in the history of the game. It would lead to poisonous bad blood between him and Maradona, ending in mayhem at the final of the Copa del Rey a year later.
footballers on the fags
Analysing The Smoking Habits of Footballers and Iconic Managers
While medical science has come to the consensus that tobacco and rigorous exercise don’t mix, there are still many icons of football who enjoy a crafty smoke. Here, we look to their smoking habits and what they may or may not signify.
football's love of false equivalence
Unpacking The Logic Behind Calling a Footballer ‘The New Thierry Henry’
When Kylian Mbappe faces Manchester City on Wednesday evening, he will bear the burden of comparison to a true great. This is inherently unfair on a young player, and also based on a deeply flawed rationale.
the magic of el diego
Our Darling, Our Diego: How Naples Fell in Love With Maradona
It is often taken as a truism that no man is bigger than the club, but Diego Maradona's stint at Napoli challenges this. During a glorious and at times chaotic seven years in Naples, Maradona brought a whole city under his spell.
Mike Meehall Wood
keeping it simple
The Cult: Gabriel Batistuta
This week's addition to The Cult wrote his name in football history as a prolific goalscorer for both club and country. It was for this reason that Gabriel Batistuta became better known as "Batigol".
The Nativity: Where Diego Maradona Comes From
In this excerpt from Jonathan Wilson's "Angels With Dirty Faces," Diego Maradona becomes a national phenomenon.
Only the Hand of God Can Separate Messi and Maradona
Lionel Messi has stepped away from the international stage without equalling Diego Maradona's achievements. Yet the oddity is that, in many ways, the younger man's achievements far outstrip those of his predecessor.
Doping in Football: Does the Beautiful Game Need to Confront an Ugly Truth?
UEFA has implemented strict new anti-doping regulations, but asserts that football is almost entirely clean. Is the beautiful game really untainted by drugs, or are the authorities being wilfully ignorant?
Tiny Diego Maradona Dances with Argentina's Giant Rugby Men
Ain't no party like a Maradona party.
Maradona Chops Down Grandson While Playing One-On-One
Benjamin Aguero is Sergio Aguero's son, and Diego Maradona's grandson. His grandfather does not cut him any breaks while playing one-on-one.