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Colombia were hard done by the referee during their FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter against England, according to Diego Maradona.(REUTERS)

Colombia victims of ‘monumental theft’ in England defeat, claims Diego Maradona

Omnisport | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUL 04, 2018 05:55 PM IST
Diego Maradona believes Colombia can feel robbed and questioned the decision of FIFA referee chief Pierluigi Collina to appoint American official Mark Geiger during their FIFA World Cup 2018 match against England.
Diego Maradona during the France vs Argentina match of the FIFA World Cup.(Reuters)
Diego Maradona during the France vs Argentina match of the FIFA World Cup.(Reuters)

FIFA World Cup: Diego Maradona offers to coach Argentina for free

Sochi | By Reuters
UPDATED ON JUL 03, 2018 04:55 PM IST
Diego Maradona, who watched Argentina getting eliminated 3-4 by France last weekend in FIFA World Cup, was asked if he fancied another shot at the job.
France defeated Argentina to reach the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Kazan on Saturday. Get highlights of France vs Argentina FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.(AP)
France defeated Argentina to reach the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Cup 2018 in Kazan on Saturday. Get highlights of France vs Argentina FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.(AP)

FIFA World Cup 2018 highlights: Mbappe strikes twice as France beat Messi’s Argentina

Hindustan Times | By Sayan Ghosh
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2018 09:35 PM IST
France defeated Lionel Messi’s Argentina 4-3 in the first Round of 16 match of the FIFA World Cup 2018. Get highlights of France vs Argentina FIFA World Cup 2018 Round of 16 match here.
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 29, 2018 on the eve of the team's round of sixteen match as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(AFP)
Argentina's forward Lionel Messi takes part in a training session at the team's base camp in Bronnitsy, on June 29, 2018 on the eve of the team's round of sixteen match as part of the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(AFP)

Russia 2018 can still be Lionel Messi’s FIFA World Cup – Diego Maradona

OmniSport, Moscow | By Dejan Kalinic
UPDATED ON JUN 30, 2018 01:14 PM IST
Argentina may have struggled through the group stage, but Diego Maradona feels the FIFA World Cup 2018 can still be Lionel Messi’s tournament.
Diego Maradona in the stands during the FIFA World Cup Group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.(Reuters)
Diego Maradona in the stands during the FIFA World Cup Group D match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.(Reuters)

Even Diego Maradona must show respect: FIFA

Moscow | By Reuters
PUBLISHED ON JUN 29, 2018 09:28 PM IST
During the Argentina vs Nigeria FIFA World Cup game, Diego Maradona drew attention with his antics in the stands.
Former Argentina forward Diego Maradona (C) celebrates the opening goal during the FIFA World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.(AFP)
Former Argentina forward Diego Maradona (C) celebrates the opening goal during the FIFA World Cup Group D football match between Nigeria and Argentina at the Saint Petersburg Stadium.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup: Angry Diego Maradona offers reward over ‘death’ report

Buenos Aires | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 28, 2018 11:16 PM IST
The reports, circulated via WhatsApp voice messages from a man with an Argentine accent, said Diego Maradona had been hospitalised and had died of cardiac arrest.
Diego Maradona was treated by paramedics after Argentina’s dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
Diego Maradona was treated by paramedics after Argentina’s dramatic 2-1 win over Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup on Tuesday.(REUTERS)

Diego Maradona insists he’s ‘fine’ after health scare during Argentina-Nigeria FIFA World Cup encounter

Omnisport, St Petersburg | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 05:23 PM IST
Argentina great Diego Maradona insisted he was ‘fine’ after needing medical treatment in the wake of his nation’s win over Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup.
Argentina legend Diego Maradona required treatment after his nation reached the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup.(REUTERS)
Argentina legend Diego Maradona required treatment after his nation reached the last 16 at the FIFA World Cup.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Diego Maradona receives treatment after Argentina’s dramatic win

Omnisport, St Petersburg | By By Dejan Kalinic
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 08:32 AM IST
Argentina great Diego Maradona appeared to need assistance to walk after he watched his national team beat Nigeria at the FIFA World Cup on Tuesday.
Fans take photos of Diego Maradona in the stands during Argentina’s FIFA World Cup 2018 game against Nigeria on Tuesday.(REUTERS)
Fans take photos of Diego Maradona in the stands during Argentina’s FIFA World Cup 2018 game against Nigeria on Tuesday.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Diego Maradona shows middle finger to fans, Twitter says he is ‘possessed’

Hindustan Times | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 27, 2018 07:58 AM IST
Diego Maradona’s antics during Argentina’s FIFA World Cup 2018 game against Nigeria drew heavy criticism
Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Nigeria in their final group game of FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.(AFP)
Lionel Messi’s Argentina will face Nigeria in their final group game of FIFA World Cup 2018 on Tuesday.(AFP)

All eyes on Lionel Messi as Argentina face Nigeria in must-win FIFA World Cup encounter

Hindustan Times, Saint Petersburg | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON JUN 26, 2018 11:05 AM IST
Victory against Nigeria, who Argentina have beaten in all four previous FIFA World Cup meetings, will secure qualification for the last 16 as long as Iceland don’t shock already qualified Croatia. Lionel Messi, who has failed to get going so far, will look to strike form.
Argentina national football team coach Jorge Sampaoli was criticised from many quarters for his tactics.(REUTERS)
Argentina national football team coach Jorge Sampaoli was criticised from many quarters for his tactics.(REUTERS)

Argentina kabaddi team slams Jorge Sampaoli after FIFA World Cup 2018 loss

Press Trust of India, Dubai | By Press Trust of India
PUBLISHED ON JUN 22, 2018 04:52 PM IST
The Argentine kabaddi team members hit out against the Argentina national football team manager Jorge Sampaoli for his flawed tactics of not “pressing high or attack relentlessly” in the 3-0 FIFA World Cup 2018 loss against Croatia.
Lionel Messi failed to perform as Argentina were defeated by Croatia in their FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter on Thursday.(REUTERS)
Lionel Messi failed to perform as Argentina were defeated by Croatia in their FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter on Thursday.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: ‘Sheep, not GOAT’ – Twitter trolls Lionel Messi after loss against Croatia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 22, 2018 09:54 AM IST
Lionel Messi got off only one shot in the entire match as Argentina were defeated by Croatia in their FIFA World Cup 2018 encounter in Nizhny Novgorod on Thursday.
Lionel Messi is a better footballer than Diego Maradona, according to Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos.(AFP)
Lionel Messi is a better footballer than Diego Maradona, according to Real Madrid and Spain defender Sergio Ramos.(AFP)

Lionel Messi the best Argentine footballer in history, not Diego Maradona: Sergio Ramos

Omnisport | By HT Correspondent
UPDATED ON JUN 21, 2018 05:26 PM IST
Sergio Ramos believes that Lionel Messi the best Argentine footballer in history and the FC Barcelona forward is far superior to legend Diego Maradona.
Argentina's coach Jorge Sampaoli has been criticised by Diego Maradona for his tactics which resulted in Argentina managing only a draw against FIFA World Cup debutants Iceland.(AFP)
Argentina's coach Jorge Sampaoli has been criticised by Diego Maradona for his tactics which resulted in Argentina managing only a draw against FIFA World Cup debutants Iceland.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Jorge Sampaoli should not be welcomed home - Diego Maradona

AFP, Bronnitsy | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 18, 2018 11:37 AM IST
Diego Maradona has issued a scathing assessment of Argentina’s World Cup draw with Iceland, warning manager Jorge Sampaoli that he would not be welcome back home unless he changes his tactics
Argentina captain Lionel Messi has missed four out of his last seven penalties.(REUTERS)
Argentina captain Lionel Messi has missed four out of his last seven penalties.(REUTERS)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi misses penalty as Iceland steal a point

Hindustan Times, Moscow | By Bhargab Sarmah
UPDATED ON JUN 16, 2018 11:08 PM IST
Lionel Messi missed a second-half penalty as Argentina were held to a 1-1 draw by debutants Iceland in an eventful Group D opener.
Young footballers in Guwahati practice the sport at a coaching centre as FIFA fever grips various parts of the country, June 6, 2018(PTI)
Young footballers in Guwahati practice the sport at a coaching centre as FIFA fever grips various parts of the country, June 6, 2018(PTI)

The World Cup can wait; India must aim to be among top 10 in Asia, writes Bhaichung Bhutia

By Bhaichung Bhutia
UPDATED ON JUN 14, 2018 08:45 AM IST
India should aim to be among the top 10 in Asia, and for that we need to organise thousands of football tournaments down to the panchayat level
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez finished the club season with eight goals and 13 assists across all competitions and he will be looking to continue his great run of form in Russia.(AFP)
Colombia's midfielder James Rodriguez finished the club season with eight goals and 13 assists across all competitions and he will be looking to continue his great run of form in Russia.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018: James Rodriguez eyes another dazzling display

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sayan Ghosh
PUBLISHED ON JUN 10, 2018 07:47 PM IST
If his form for Bayern Munich is any indication, James Rodriguez will once again be a force to be reckoned with for Columbia in the FIFA World Cup 2018.
Lionel Messi will be hoping to help Argentina break their 22-year jinx in the World Cup jinx, having last won the title in 1986 under Diego Maradona.(Getty Images)
Lionel Messi will be hoping to help Argentina break their 22-year jinx in the World Cup jinx, having last won the title in 1986 under Diego Maradona.(Getty Images)

FIFA World Cup 2018: Lionel Messi lags behind Diego Maradona, Pele in marquee event

Omnisport, London | By Omnisport
UPDATED ON JUN 09, 2018 09:23 AM IST
Lionel Messi lags behind his Argentina compatriot Diego Maradona when it comes to goals and assists in World Cups as Argentina look to snap a 22-year jinx in the FIFA World Cup 2018 event in Moscow.
FIFA World Cup 2018 is perhaps Lionel Messi’s last shot at national glory.(AFP)
FIFA World Cup 2018 is perhaps Lionel Messi’s last shot at national glory.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup team profile: Lionel Messi, Argentina aim for redemption

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shayne Dias
UPDATED ON JUN 08, 2018 10:25 PM IST
Argentina came very close to breaking their long wait to claim their third FIFA World Cup win in 2014 but it wasn’t meant to be. The Lionel Messi-led side will look for another run to the final with a different result this time around.
Referee Deniz Aytekin consults the VAR (video assistant referee) before awarding a penalty to Italy during the international friendly soccer match between England and Italy at the Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)(AP)
Referee Deniz Aytekin consults the VAR (video assistant referee) before awarding a penalty to Italy during the international friendly soccer match between England and Italy at the Wembley Stadium in London, Tuesday, March 27, 2018. (Nick Potts/PA via AP)(AP)

VAR: What would it have been good for at past FIFA World Cups?

Agence France-Presse, Rome | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON JUN 07, 2018 04:29 PM IST
Video Assistant Referees (VAR) will be used for the first time in the FIFA World Cup 2018. Here is how the course of football history would have been different if the technology was always available.
France forward Kylian Mbappe will look to further enhance his reputation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(AFP)
France forward Kylian Mbappe will look to further enhance his reputation at the 2018 FIFA World Cup.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup 2018 team profile: New-look France seek to establish supremacy

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Shayne Dias
UPDATED ON JUN 04, 2018 06:14 PM IST
France’s first and only FIFA World Cup triumph came on home soil in 1998. They have seen their share of ups and downs since then but the current side is stacked with talent and will pose a serious threat in Russia.
Pele was an international for almost a year before the Sweden sojourn in 1958 but football wasn’t the globally televised sport it is now and digital connectivity was an idea whose time still hadn’t come.(Getty Images)
Pele was an international for almost a year before the Sweden sojourn in 1958 but football wasn’t the globally televised sport it is now and digital connectivity was an idea whose time still hadn’t come.(Getty Images)

Unknown today, superstars tomorrow: youngsters who took the FIFA World Cup by storm

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Dhiman Sarkar
UPDATED ON JUN 02, 2018 11:14 AM IST
Just like how Pele was ‘discovered’ in Sweden, the FIFA World Cup 2018 should have its share of players using the tournament to further their careers.
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may not play another FIFA World Cup after Russia 2018.(Getty Images)
Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi may not play another FIFA World Cup after Russia 2018.(Getty Images)

2018 FIFA World Cup: Football greats ready for final flourish

Hindustan Times, Mumbai | By Bihan Sengupta
UPDATED ON JUN 01, 2018 12:51 PM IST
The FIFA World Cup trophy is the ultimate prize in world football. It elevated Pele, Maradona and Zidane to demi­gods in the game. No club heroics have been able to match that high
From Pele to Diego Maradona, from Johan Cruyff to Lionel Messi; there are many who have lit up the biggest stage of the beautiful game.(AFP)
From Pele to Diego Maradona, from Johan Cruyff to Lionel Messi; there are many who have lit up the biggest stage of the beautiful game.(AFP)

Meet the players who make the FIFA World Cup the stage for the beautiful game

Hindustan Times, Kolkata | By Dhiman Sarkar
UPDATED ON MAY 31, 2018 01:02 PM IST
From Pele to Diego Maradona, from Johan Cruyff to Lionel Messi; meet the players who pull the strings and are the masters of football symphony.
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring gainst Haiti during their international friendly football match at Boca Juniors' stadium La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, on May 29, 2018.(AFP)
Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring gainst Haiti during their international friendly football match at Boca Juniors' stadium La Bombonera in Buenos Aires, on May 29, 2018.(AFP)

Argentina hoping it’s Lionel Messi’s time at the FIFA World Cup 2018

Agence France-Presse, Rosario (Argentina) | By Agence France-Presse
UPDATED ON MAY 30, 2018 03:51 PM IST
Though admired the world over for his raw talent, Lionel Messi still trails behind the legendary Diego Maradona in the Argentine psyche because he’s never won a FIFA World Cup.
In this April 18, 2018 photo, Alejandro Daniel Fernandez poses for a photo by a mural of his childhood friend, Lionel Messi, that reads in Spanish "From my neighborhood!" in La Bajada, Rosario, Argentina. Fernandez said Messi's family had always helped him, including living with the family for a while, and that he remains friends with Lionel and his brother who all play soccer together when in town.(AP)
In this April 18, 2018 photo, Alejandro Daniel Fernandez poses for a photo by a mural of his childhood friend, Lionel Messi, that reads in Spanish "From my neighborhood!" in La Bajada, Rosario, Argentina. Fernandez said Messi's family had always helped him, including living with the family for a while, and that he remains friends with Lionel and his brother who all play soccer together when in town.(AP)

Where’s Lionel Messi? Tributes missing in his native Argentina city

Associated Press, Rosario | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2018 04:26 PM IST
Cristiano Ronaldo has an airport named after him on his Portuguese home island of Madeira; Pele has his museum in his Brazilian native city of Santos; So why does Rosario seem to have an ambivalent relationship with Lionel Messi?
Diego Maradona was sent home during the 1994 World Cup for doping.(REUTERS)
Diego Maradona was sent home during the 1994 World Cup for doping.(REUTERS)

2018 FIFA World Cup: Of headbutts, bites and heroes turning villains

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sayan Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAY 28, 2018 08:44 PM IST
A small act of indiscretion has been enough to turn a player idolised by millions into a culprit in no time
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be making his debut at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.(REUTERS)
Video Assistant Referee (VAR) will be making his debut at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.(REUTERS)

Will Football win VAR of the worlds at World Cup in Russia

Hindustan Times, New Delhi | By Sayan Ghosh
UPDATED ON MAY 24, 2018 11:13 AM IST
No change in football has been subjected to the scrutiny that Video Assistant Referee (VAR) has been ahead of the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
This photograph taken on May 17, 2018 shows a Bangladeshi worker sewing flags for FIFA World Cup football playing nations in Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, ahead of Russia 2018.(AFP)
This photograph taken on May 17, 2018 shows a Bangladeshi worker sewing flags for FIFA World Cup football playing nations in Narayanganj, on the outskirts of Dhaka, ahead of Russia 2018.(AFP)

FIFA World Cup fever causes sleepless nights for Bangladesh flagmakers

Agence France-Presse, Merajnagar (Bangladesh) | By Agence France-Presse
PUBLISHED ON MAY 23, 2018 01:45 PM IST
Bangladesh is traditionally cricket territory, but every four years the country of 160 million people -- whose national football team is ranked 197th out of 202 in the world by FIFA -- goes World Cup crazy.
Diego Maradona recently finished a tenure as coach of the United Arab Emirates’ second-division club Al Fujairah.(AFP)
Diego Maradona recently finished a tenure as coach of the United Arab Emirates’ second-division club Al Fujairah.(AFP)

Diego Maradona hired as chairman of Belarusian club Dinamo Brest

Associated Press, Buenos Aires | By Associated Press
UPDATED ON MAY 16, 2018 04:27 PM IST
Diego Maradona announced on Tuesday that he will become chairman of Belarusian club Dinamo Brest.
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