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Sunday July 22, 2012

Soccer Great Maradona Says Boca Doesn’t Need Him

Soccer Great Maradona Says Boca Doesn’t Need Him

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Argentine soccer icon Diego Maradona, recently cut loose as manager by Dubai’s Al Wasl, said former club Boca Juniors has no need for him at the helm.

Maradona backed up current Boca manager Julio Cesar Falcioni at a time when the latter had been questioned by fans after the club blew the Argentine league title in the last two weeks of season and lost the Copa Libertadores final to Brazil’s Corinthians.

Some Boca fans are also attributing star player Juan Roman Riquelme’s leaving the team to the coach, with whom it was well known that he did not get along.

“Boca has a great coach. ... I know that today there’s no place for me (with the team) because Falcioni did things very well,” Maradona told Channel 9 television in Buenos Aires.

“He has a contract. He took the team to the Copa Libertadores final, he battled for the local championship and still had a title to contest,” Maradona added, referring to the Copa Argentina, which Boca will vie for with Racing during the first week of August.

After he was dumped by Al Wasl - although he had a contract valid until 2013 - and returned to Buenos Aires, press speculation arose about the potential signing of Maradona as manager for Boca Juniors, where he won his first championship as a player in 1981-1982.

“Anyone would like to be the coach of Boca Juniors, but I wouldn’t like what they did to me (at Al Wasl) to be done to others,” he said.