17 Jul Argentina vs. Italy recreation for Diego Maradona talks ongoing
Argentina Football Affiliation (AFA) president Claudio Tapia has confirmed talks are ongoing concerning a one-off recreation between Argentina and Italy to commemorate the lifetime of Diego Maradona.
The Argentina legend died on Nov. 25 on the age of 60 following a coronary heart assault.
UEFA and CONMEBOL are reportedly seeking to organise the encounter between Copa America winners Argentina and Euro 2020 champions Italy in Naples, the town the place Maradona had a few of his biggest successes.
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“It’s a dream but in addition a necessity by the 2 federations,” Tapia stated concerning the potential encounter.
“I do know that work is being accomplished, however we even have a actuality of calendars that should be finalised. We want the European golf equipment to provide the gamers three extra days. We would like it and so does Italy.”
Doable dates in December and January 2022 are being thought-about for the sport however Argentina and Italy have a busy schedule forward with World Cup qualifiers in September, October and November.
Maradona was adored at Napoli, the membership he joined in 1984 from Barcelona. A 1986 World Cup winner, Maradona led Napoli to their solely two Serie A titles and the UEFA Cup.
The membership honoured his reminiscence by renaming their floor the Diego Armando Maradona stadium.
If the sport is held this 12 months, it’s going to come simply months after Italy’s Euro 2020 triumph and Argentina’s Copa America success.
Italy beat England on penalties to raise their first European title since 1968 whereas Argentina received their first main honour in 28 years by edging Brazil on the Maracana stadium.
Lionel Messi remembered Maradona in an emotional message he posted on Instagram after lifting his first main trophy with Argentina.
“And naturally, [thanks] additionally to Diego, who for certain supported us wherever he’s,” he stated.