Legendary soccer star Diego Maradona may have seen and done it all in the world of football. But the always entertaining sports supernova will make a big debut Saturday when he takes to the field as the coach of the national team.
Maradona’s coaching and management prowess will be on display for the first time as he leads the “selección” in a World Cup qualifying match against an inferior squad from Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela.
The teams have met 15 times over the years and each time Argentina has won, scoring a total of 62 goals compared with just 8 for Venezuela.
Argentina is currently ranked third (behind Paraguay and Brazil) out of 10 South American teams trying to qualify for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. The top four teams in each regional category qualify.
Tickets for the match, being played at River Stadium, are selling out quickly, though scalpers will surely have some available at the gate. The game starts at 7:10 pm local time.
“I want the River stadium to explode and for the players to be applauded,” Maradona said Thursday in comments to reporters. It’s a pretty good bet this is exactly what will happen.