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Tuesday, May 17, 2011

Maradona hired to coach UAE club


Dubai United Arab Emirates — Diego Maradona was hired Monday to coach United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl on a two-year contract.

Maradona, who has been out of coaching since leading Argentina to the World Cup quarterfinals last year, will be in charge when the next season opens in September.

"Al Wasl Sports Club has become synonymous with achievements of this caliber, and we are very pleased to be welcoming Maradona to a long line of accolades in the club's history," Al Wasl chairman Marwan Bin Bayat said in a statement. "This partnership embodies the vision of the club as it embraces forward thinking developments in the region to establish unprecedented standards for the sport."

Maradona visited the club's training facility Saturday and had been in talks for several days. Al Wasl officials would not disclose details of the contract, saying only that it was for two years and that he would be responsible for leading the club "to new heights."

Al Wasl is currently fourth in the domestic league, which ends next month, and has been looking for a coach since firing Sergio Farias in March. The club is chaired by Sheik Ahmed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, who is a brother of the Dubai ruler.

Al Wasl said that Maradona has left the country and could not be reached for comment. He is expected back next month.

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