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Argentina: Football legend Maradona makes debut as 'the Wolf' coach

Argentina, La Plata
September 08, 2019 at 23:45 GMT +00:00 · Published

Former Argentinean football star Diego Maradona made his debut as new head coach of the team Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata, also known as 'the Wolf’ in the city of La Plata on Sunday.

Footage shows the 1986 World Cup-winning captain making his way through a giant wolf mouth onto the field before getting into a caddy car to be driven to meet the players.

Maradona, who until recently was living in Mexico, decided to quit his previous job after having knee surgery, leaving behind a team he led twice to the Ascenso MX finals, the Sinaola Dorados.

Maradona will embark on his sixth club management role, hoping to set the Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata team straight after several loses.

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Former Argentinean football star Diego Maradona made his debut as new head coach of the team Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata, also known as 'the Wolf’ in the city of La Plata on Sunday.

Footage shows the 1986 World Cup-winning captain making his way through a giant wolf mouth onto the field before getting into a caddy car to be driven to meet the players.

Maradona, who until recently was living in Mexico, decided to quit his previous job after having knee surgery, leaving behind a team he led twice to the Ascenso MX finals, the Sinaola Dorados.

Maradona will embark on his sixth club management role, hoping to set the Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata team straight after several loses.

W/S Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata football stadium, La Plata

W/S Jumping and singing from watching seats

W/S Giant wolf jumping

W/S Diego Maradona, Football coach, coming out from giant wolf mouth

W/S Blue smoke at stadium

M/S Maradona being driven

W/S Football players waiting for Maradona

M/S Maradona greeting fans

W/S Fans singing

W/S Maradona and football team

C/U Maradona and football players singing

W/S Fans climbed in fence

W/S Maradona and football players singing

C/U Maradona hitting his chest

SOT, Diego Maradona, Football Coach (Spanish): "I'm here, standing as "La Tota" [his mother] wanted. La Tota told me not to die because of this crap and I didn't die for that crap."

SOT, Journalist (Spanish): "What do you think your father must be telling you? I imagine you were walking, or were you at the car thinking about your father?"

SOT, Diego Maradona (Spanish): "Walk better, dammit! Walk better!"

W/S Football players warming up for training

SOT, Gabriel Pellegrino, President of Gimnasia and Esgrima La Plata Football Club: "When is Diego going to pass through here, and well, now we said and now why not. And some of us were saying you're crazy, others said he is not going to answer you, we called him and he said: 'come here so we can talk'. So there we were, at his house."

M/S Maradona and football players during training

M/S Fans playing drums an making noise outside stadium

M/S Fan holding t-shirt with Maradona's face on it

M/S Fans singing outside stadium

M/S Mounted police arriving

C/U Fan wearing wolf mask

C/U Drum with picture of Maradona

C/U Police officer

SOT, Agustin Alvarez, Fan (Spanish): "Having Diego and always seeing him in the national team, having won in '86, having been in '90, everywhere and now you say to yourself: Well now we have him here, you have him with ours [the t-shirts], with the light blue and white and now with the blue and white. It is the best thing that can happen to us."

C/U Football t-shirts

W/S Police officers deployed outside stadium

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