“Messi is a giant, I love it, but my father is soccer”

first_imgDiego Armando Maradona (20-9-1986, Naples, Italy) is the eldest of the five children recognized by the former soccer player and current coach of Gymnastics and Fencing of La Plata and at AS we have interviewed him to get to know him a little more and to know his opinion of many issues related to his father.First things: how are you and your family in Naples and how are you managing the confinement?Well, both my family here in Italy and Argentina. And we are carrying it like almost everyone else, meeting quarantine rules, trying every day to invent something that makes it easier for us to be home and praying that this will end soon.Tell us first hand what the situation is like in Italy.We are going through a very difficult time, because many people are dying, but the worst is happening as you know in northern Italy, Milan, Bergamo, Turin … those of the south were lucky, in quotes, that the pandemic did not attack us So much because we lock up on time. Last week we had our peak and now it looks like the curve is going down. We have to remain disciplined with the rules and not relax. Exiting now would mean taking many steps back.Like your father, you have also been a footballer. Give us a summary of your career.From nine to 17 years old I played in the lower categories of Naples. Then the club had an economic-financial crash and I had to leave. I was in the Genoa U19, in the inferiors of the Italian team, they said that I was doing well, but afterwards it is as if the light had been turned off and I did not have the character to continue progressing. I started wandering around smaller teams, but the love of soccer made me play until last year, when I had to leave it because it required a lot of sacrifice and the injuries no longer respected me as much. It was a very hard decision, because those of us who love soccer never accept withdrawal. I also played beach soccer, but my head was already being a coach … “Messi should not be judged when he retires on whether or not he won a World Cup, but on everything he gave us in the years he played” … I was going to ask you about your present and future projects and what you do.Football is stages and now I am very excited to be a coach and to go further than I could as a footballer. I have been at the Real Casarea School for two years, with boys from the year 2008, and the experience is being magnificent. And at the same time I work on a radio here in Naples, which has made me discover a wonderful world and one in which I have a lot of fun, because with coaching it is not enough to live. My dream is to become a coach of a professional team and I will do everything possible to achieve it.I have two curiosities Diego: when did you find out that he was Maradona’s son and what did you feel when you found out and when you had him in front of you for the first time?Look, I had the bad luck of not being with my old man for many years, but on the contrary, my old woman and his family always told me the truth, they never hid from me that he was my father, I knew it since I had the use of reason , and the best thing is that they raised from love towards him, never with rancor. When I had it in front of me for the first time it was shocking, imagine after so many years having the greatest footballer by your side. But the ‘shock’ lasted half an hour, then when I talk to him I do it with my father, not Maradona. I assumed it right away and our relationship is magnificent after more than three years. I am very proud to be your child.How do you get your last name Maradona and live in Naples?Well, what am I going to tell you. I was born and raised here and never had a problem. People love me, they ask me about my old man, they take pictures with me … People know what my last name is and what it entails, but I feel very proud that they love me and appreciate me because I am Diego not because I am Diego Maradona .Has the last name Maradona given you facilities or has it been a burden for playing soccer?It has been a weight more for people than for me. I was born with this surname, but legs run, people play soccer. But it is true that it was a disadvantage, I always tried to compare with my ‘old man’ in everything he did on a court, he did not go honest with me, he always expected more from me: if I played a game of six one day , It was bad; if he did excellent, it was normal. I always had to make it excellent because my last name is Maradona, and there is no one who makes every game excellent, nobody. “Being called Maradona has been more of a burden for people than for me. But it is true that it was a disadvantage, I always tried to compare myself with my” old man “in everything I did on a court” “It is not easy being Diego Armando Maradona. He had his mistakes, but he knows it, he does not need anyone to tell him” This one was waiting for me. Look, many idiots changed the words that I always said and I will be very clear once and for all: Messi is a giant, I love him, much more than Ronaldo (Cristiano), but much more, and I argue with people when they compare him with my old man, because terrestrials do not compare to aliens. I also get angry when they mess with him in Argentina, ‘leave the kid alone’, I tell them, because we have to enjoy him, because after my old man he is the greatest in the history of football. I have a lot of love and admiration for Messi, and for me he does not deserve the criticism he receives. Although I would love to see him, Messi does not need to win a World Cup to be bigger, he is huge, and I will not judge him when he retires, and people should not do it either, in case he won a World Cup or not, but for everything that he gave us in the years he played, so he made us enjoy soccer. Now, comparing him to my ‘old man’ does not hold up, because Diego Armando Maradona is so great, he is soccer. And I don’t say it because he is my ‘old man’, but because I talk to people and he cries when he refers to him, because of how he played, what he did on a court. My ‘old man’ is not going to be matched or compared to anyone else.If I had to make a top 3 in history …My ‘old man’, Messi and Johan Cruyff, not Pelé. Because, along with Diego Armando Maradona and Lionel Messi, Cruyff was the only one who was able to do something new in football, first as a player and then as a coach.Does he talk about soccer with his father?Yes, very much, we watch many football matches together and we debated. In addition, he is a coach, my dream is to be one too, so we have many conversations about football out there.center_img What opinion do you have of the debate that is installed in the world of soccer about who is better, if his father or Messi, and what do you think of the Argentine of Barcelona? The Bernabéu applauded his father after scoring a great goal with Barça against Real Madrid, in a League Cup Classic. Has he ever told you if he had the opportunity to play for Madrid?In Italy it is true that he rejected blank checks from Agnelli, from Berlusconi, but he never told me that there was not even an opportunity to play for Madrid. We chatted a lot about his time at Naples, because Barcelona’s, although my old man did well there, that serious injury he had weighed heavily on him. Also, what am I going to tell you as a fan of Naples … I’m glad that Barcelona ended soon and came here to make it even bigger, because also if it hadn’t happened that way, I wouldn’t have been born.What impacts you the most when you read, hear or see something from your father’s past: everything he was able to do as a footballer or the extra-sports stories he starred in?Of course, sports. But I am his son, not a judge, I am nobody to tell my ‘old man’ if he did wrong or right. He is very smart and aware of everything he did, and whether he did it right or wrong. I challenge anyone to find someone who is not wrong. I understand him, because it is not easy to be Diego Armando Maradona. He had his mistakes, but he knows it, he doesn’t need me to tell him. He does need and deserves to be told that he was the greatest in football history.What do you remember as the best moment in your father’s football life?I was a newborn, but they say that 1986 and 1987 were my father’s most glorious years, with the World Cup with Argentina and the Scudetto with Naples. Later, the other soccer moments that my ‘old man’ could have in his life were stolen by FIFA, with the World Cups of 1990 and 1994, which I think would also have been won by the albiceleste.I ask about Juan Román Riquelme. How do you see him as vice president of Boca and how do you see the relationship with his father, after they loved each other so much later they fought?What I am going to do as vice president of Boca does not matter to me, because I am a fan of River, so I want it to go wrong. Now, what he did as a player is indisputable, because he was great. But as a person I never liked him, and more since he turned against my ‘old man’. “I am very excited to be a professional coach and go further than I could as a footballer” Why do you think Ancelotti’s Naples didn’t work?Because there was no connection between the locker room and the coaching staff, that was the big problem. The first year was very good, because Naples was second, unfortunately behind Juventus, a team that I hate, but which is one step above the rest. But this year things started badly, with many problems in the locker room and how to manage the situation, and I did not expect that from a coach like Ancelotti. And then, from a soccer point of view, Carletto tried to play in a way that was difficult with the players he had. I, in that, am of the Bielsa style: you must play according to the style of players you have and not change your mind, and, above all, be convinced of what you do and convince your footballers.Do you like Gattuso’s Naples?Gattuso seems to me a very good coach. Everyone talks about the motivational part that permeates the players, but it is that in all the teams he has been in he has done well, and that is because there is technical-tactical work behind it, and in Naples he is showing it . In football you also need luck and I hope you have it in Naples.Thank you very much for having attended us.To you and greetings to Spain.last_img read more

Could one man’s trash be another man’s treasure?

first_imgDear Editor,It is evident by now that if I am walking and notice a box with books on the roadside to be thrown away, I will make the time and see how best I can save any that is of interest. A while back, I stumbled on a novel among other items to be thrown away. It was named The Silent Witness, and it caught my attention. The novel is actually authored by the late Sir Lionel Luckhoo and American Dr John R Thompson, PhD.Just a reminder that the late Sir Lionel Luckhoo was twice knighted (2 degrees of Knighthood) by Queen Elizabeth. He is the only person to be ambassador for 2 nations simultaneously (Guyana and Barbados); and for 14 years or more, he was named as the world’s most successful advocate via Guinness Book of Records.November 7, 1978 was the date he accepted Jesus, and his life was revolutionised. It was by a dinner invitation at a hotel where two of God’s chosen vessels, Americans Glen Norwood and Newman Peyton (Full Gospel Business Men’s Fellowship International) spoke, and they were actually told to visit Guyana by the late Catholic Bishop Pantin.Turning the cover, I almost fell through the floor to notice in red ink the reading, “Personal Copy of Lionel Luckhoo”, and the bottom also read, “This my personal copy replaces the copy posted but not read.”Who could have been the recipient of such a special copy autographed by the late Sir L. Luckhoo? Was the recipient not going to read the novel unless it was autographed with the handwriting of the late Sir L Luckhoo?I am almost certain the recipient was never a president (dead or living) of Guyana.I am wondering if perhaps there is a historian or family member who can verify the signature/handwriting as provided for evidence.Yours faithfully,T Pembertonlast_img read more

Marseille reject Newcastle bid for attacking midfielder

first_img Newcastle target Florian Thauvin 1 Marseille have rejected a bid from Newcastle for Florian Thauvin.The attacking midfielder was expected to be on the move this summer as Marseille try to balance their books.Clubs in Germany have made enquires but Newcastle are reportedly the frontrunners after positive scout reports.However, according to La Provence, they have been rebuffed in their approach by both the club and player.Marseille view Newcastle’s offer of £12m plus Remy Cabella on loan for the season as unacceptable and have flat out rejected the offer.It is also said that Thauvin is not keen on a move to Newcastle and would prefer to stay and fight for his place.last_img read more


first_imgA coffee morning in aid of the Donegal Hospice will take place in Gibson and Associates in Letterkenny tomorrow morning.The well known solicitors firm, which is located at LK House on the Port Road, has issued an open invitation to all members of the public to join them.The coffee morning takes place from 10am until noon. Good coffee (and tea), craic, plenty of chat and perhaps even a biscuit or treat or two will be on offer for a very worthy cause.Telephone 074 9168888 or email info@gibsonandassociates.ie for any further details. DONEGAL COFFEE MORNING PROMISES TO BE A ‘LAW’ UNTO ITSELF! was last modified: September 17th, 2014 by StephenShare this:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to share on LinkedIn (Opens in new window)Click to share on Reddit (Opens in new window)Click to share on Pocket (Opens in new window)Click to share on Telegram (Opens in new window)Click to share on WhatsApp (Opens in new window)Click to share on Skype (Opens in new window)Click to print (Opens in new window) Tags:coffee morningdonegalGibson and Associateslast_img read more

Expect a west London treble

first_imgWith four of the top five Premier League sides going head-to-head this weekend it is an opportunity for Chelsea to narrow the gap at the top  and at least consolidate their position in the Champions League places.They are currently 40/1 to regain the title and they need all three points at Carrow Road in the lunchtime kick-off on Saturday.Chelsea hardly impressed against a much-improved Sunderland last time but Fernando Torres, again, suggested that he is on the verge of being back to his very best.Favourite to score the opener.But goals pay the rent and the Spanish striker is at least a couple of months in arrears.AVB’s side are 4/7 to return from East Anglia with the points with the Canaries 5/1 and the draw 3s.Torres is 19/4 favourite to score the opener and 5/4 to net at any time in the 90 minutes.Norwich, who currently lie mid-table, are also on something of a roll at present with three wins on the spin but they were fortunate at The Hawthorns last weekend.Indeed they are only 12/1 to be relegated despite being in the top half. Chelsea ought to win but their lack of pace continues to frustrate.Fulham need to bounce back after a bitterly disappointing reverse at 10-man Blackburn and I think they will have too much for a Newcastle side who continue to grind out the results but are without their two stars, Demba Ba and Cheick Tiote, who are at the Africa Cup of Nations.Fulham are even-money to maintain their recent good home record (I have expunged the United game from my memory) and that looks a fair enough price although the league table would suggest otherwise.QPR limped into the fourth round of the FA Cup and a tasty clash with Chelsea, but the defeat in the North-East last weekend means the R’s have failed to find a win in their last nine league games and currently reside in 18th place – and are only 11/8 to return to the Championship.Rangers entertain bottom club Wigan on Saturday and a victory could move them out of the relegation zone.The R’s are even-money favourites for the game at BetVictor with Wigan 11/4 and the draw at 12/5.All three of the local sides are favourites this weekend and we bet 6/1 that Chelsea, Fulham and Rangers all win.To mark the 25th anniversary of our sponsorship of the Victor Chandler Chase at Ascot we have a great offer for all new and existing customers…Place a £25 win single bet on the Victor Chandler Chase between the 48-hour declaration stage on Thursday morning and the start of the race at 3.05 on Saturday and we will give you a £25 free bet irrespective of whether your selection wins or loses.Check out www.betvictor.com/chaselast_img read more

Arsenal and Southampton reportedly monitoring Caulker situation

first_imgArsenal and Southampton are monitoring the situation as Cardiff defender Steven Caulker considers offers from QPR and Crystal Palace, according to the Daily Telegraph. West London Sport recently revealed Rangers had tabled a bid for the England international and subsequently that they were in talks with him after meeting an £8m release clause in his contract, and that they remain hopeful of signing him despite reports he had chosen a move to Palace.Rangers boss Harry Redknapp believes the prospect of playing alongside Loftus Road-bound former Manchester United star Rio Ferdinand will help persuade Caulker to choose a move to west London.However, it is claimed that Arsenal and Southampton are showing some interest in the 22-year-old, who has also been linked with Liverpool.QPR are keen to sign Caulker in an £8m deal.Meanwhile, QPR have again been linked with Norwich City’s Leroy Fer, whose agent has denied reports in the Dutch media that a deal was as good as done.The Telegraph say Norwich are expected to demand a significant fee for Fer, having signed him for £5m from FC Twente only a year ago.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Latest: Man Utd 0 Chelsea 1

first_imgDidier Drogba’s goal seven minutes into the second half put Premier League leaders Chelsea ahead in the big game at Old Trafford.Drogba met Cesc Fabregas’ delivery with a firm near-post header that Robin van Persie on the line failed to clear.Chelsea arrived at Old Trafford without top scorer Diego Costa, who was unable to play having struggled with illness and a hamstring problem.With Loic Remy also sidelined, Drogba, 36, was needed to lead the line despite himself nursing an injury in recent weeks.And the Blues hero responded with a goal reminiscent of his all-important equaliser in the Champions League final against Bayern Munich in 2012, when he famously went on to net the winning penalty in a shoot-out.It was Drogba’s second goal in as many matches – his penalty against Maribor in midweek was his first since he returned to Chelsea in the summer.He had the visitors’ best opening of the first half but keeper David de Gea was down quickly to save his shot after Drogba had been set up by Oscar’s cut-back.Jose Mourinho’s side also thought they should have been awarded a penalty seven minutes before the break when Branislav Ivanovic was wrestled to the ground by Chris Smalling.At the other end, Thibaut Courtois produced two good first-half stops.Courtois was called into action in the 22nd minute, saving with his legs from Van Persie after the Manchester United striker had been set up by Adnan Januzaj’s fine pass.The impressive keeper was also able to gather Angel Di Maria’s looping header soon afterwards.Chelsea made a lively start to the second half and De Gea came to United’s rescue again, denyng Eden Hazard after the Belgian’s clever one-two with Drogba.But the resulting corner led to Drogba breaking the deadlock and another assist for Fabregas, who has been involved in nine of his team’s league goals this season, setting up eight and scoring the other himself.Chelsea: Courtois; Ivanovic, Cahill, Terry, Filipe Luis; Matic, Fabregas; Willian, Oscar (Mikel 67), Hazard; Drogba.Subs: Cech, Zouma, Ake, Baker, Salah, Schurrle.Follow West London Sport on TwitterFind us on Facebooklast_img read more

Milk production of Ohio dairy herds

first_imgShare Facebook Twitter Google + LinkedIn Pinterest It is always important to monitor the yield of milk and the composition of milk, especially for the individual farmer, because the income of the dairy farm depends on this source of revenue. The yields of protein and fat are the primary determinants of the price received by farmers. The proportions of fat and protein are useful in monitoring cow health and feeding practices within a farm. The income over feed costs (IOFC) and feed costs per hundred of milk are important monitors of costs of milk production. The average production of milk, fat, and protein by breed for Ohio dairy herds in 2014 using the Dairy Herd Improvement (DHI;http://www.dhiohio.com) program are provided in Table 1. Not all herds on DHI are included in the table below because of the different testing options offered by DHI, some herds opt for no release of records, lack of sufficient number of test dates, and given that some of the herds consist of other breeds than the ones shown. In comparison, the average of milk yield for all cows (270,000) in Ohio for 2014 was 20,178 lb milk and 775 lb milk fat (3.84%).Table 1. Number of herds, milk yield, milk fat, and milk protein by breed for Ohio herds on DHI during 2014.BreedNumber of HerdsMilk (lb/lactation)Milk fat (%)Milk protein (%)Ayrshire1017,2463.843.24Brown Swiss1820,4404.303.44Guernsey617,3124.803.74Holstein31524,5523.713.09Jersey6417,1714.963.71Mixed3419,6664.133.36last_img read more

Fire at Yavatmal cooperative bank in Maharashtra

first_imgA fire accident at the head office of Yavatmal District Central Cooperative Bank Limited (YDCCB) gutted the documents, computers and furniture at around 2 a.m. on Thursday, a bank officer said. The fire broke out on the first floor of the main building of the bank and the watchman on duty, who noticed the flames, immediately contacted the fire brigade and senior bank officials. More than 40 computers, old documents and furniture were gutted and process is on to ascertain the exact damage, YDCCB chief officer Aravind Deshpande said.Two sections – agriculture and banking – suffered most of the damage, Mr. Deshpande said, adding documents dating back to more than 10 years ago were gutted. Fire tenders reached the spot and doused the flames, he said. Mr. Deshpande claimed a short-circuit caused the blaze. However, this could not be verified from the fire brigade officials. “Our data centre is safe and hence the functioning of the bank won’t be affected,” Mr. Deshpande said, adding data from YDCCB’s branches can be brought together to reconstruct the documents lost in the inferno. “Banking operations were carried out today as usual on the ground floor which was unaffected,” Mr. Deshpande added.last_img read more

India rejects cryptocurrency, but it isn’t giving up on blockchain

first_imgIndia officially will not treat cryptocurrencies as legal tender and will try to stop their use in payments, according to a Bloomberg report. This isn’t unexpected, given how the country sent tens of thousands of tax notices out after realizing virtual currencies are making $315 million worth of trade per month. While India has finally come out against cryptocurrencies, after repeated warnings that they were “Ponzi schemes,” the government will continue exploring the blockchain’s potential for the future digital economy.Read it at Engadget Related Itemslast_img read more