After featuring for Germany at every youth level, Podolski – who had a wand of a left foot – would end up representing the senior side 130 times overall, scoring 49 goals in that time. Two goals from Origi and Georginio Wijnaldum helped Liverpool overturn a three-goal first-leg deficit and advance to their second successive Champions League final with a 4-3 aggregate victory. Maradona passed away on Wednesday at the age of 60 after suffering a cardiac arrest at his home, just two weeks after undergoing surgery for a blood clot on his brain. Do you like the new FC Barcelona 2020-2021 home, away, third and fourth shirts? Chelsea were one point ahead of second-placed Manchester United heading into the final game of the season in which the London club trounced Wigan to seal their third Premier League title. In attack, Alessandro Del Piero produced arguably his best season for the club, while Zinedine Zidane would go on to claim the Ballon d’Or.
SOCCER – Lionel Messi celebrates after scoring the first goal for Barcelona against Athletic Bilbao in the Copa del Rey final at the Camp Nou. Since switching allegiances, the 30-year-old has featured 37 times for Algeria, scoring five goals. The former forward scored 23 goals in 31 appearances for Spain, six goals in six matches for Argentina while he also featured four times for Colombia. There was a banner in Argentina which says, “It doesn’t matter what you have done in your life, it matters what you have done in our lives.” Imagine what Maradona would have done in our generation (of football). Andre Villas-Boas believes FIFA should retire the No 10 shirt across the world of football as a tribute to Diego Maradona following the death of the Argentina legend. Paying tribute to the football legend, Marseille boss Villas-Boas said retiring the shirt would be the best way to honour him. Guardiola described him as one of the ‘few incredible players’ in football history.
Tributes flooded in following the news of Maradona’s death with Man City boss Pep Guardiola joining Lionel Messi in paying respect to the Argentine. Cunningham said Friday during a news conference introducing the team’s four-man draft class. 🥁 Introducing our kit for the 20/21 season. This was Batistuta’s first season at the club — and it can only be assumed this strange mix of pinstripes and triangles had been kept hidden before he signed his contract. In 2011, he received his first call-up from Italy for a friendly against Germany and he would go onto become a key component for the side, helping them reach the Euro 2012 final. He would go onto become an important member of the Belgium squad, most specifically under Roberto Martinez, helping his country finish third at the 2018 World Cup. Like many others from Belgium’s squad, Chadli had the privilege of being eligible to represent another country – and in this case, Morocco.
Podolski, formerly of Cologne, Bayern Munich and Arsenal, was born in Poland in 1985 but his country of birth will certainly rue not tying him down when they had the perfect chance. The Spanish club, who had beaten defending champions Bayern Munich in the quarter-finals, held on for their ninth European Cup and third in five years. The body of the Argentine icon was taken away for burial, frustrating many who were waiting to pay their respects and causing new tensions at the gates of the cemetery. It comes after passions boiled over outside the palace when a mile-long column of fans arrived to pay their respects to the Argentinian hero but were blocked off by riot police. Due to the sheer numbers many were unable to throw their football jerseys and flowers by Maradona’s coffin and so they scrapped ferociously with heavily-armoured police as if attending a football derby.
Police at one point used tear gas to try to control them. Molina was one of the men tasked with preparing Maradona’s body ahead of the private open-coffin wake for family and friends earlier today. Diego Molina is the swine that took the picture of himself alongside Maradona. Maradona’s lawyer Matias Morla revealed Molina’s name on Twitter, along with a picture of him, as he pledged to take legal action. One Maradona fan who saw the picture wrote: ‘I want this fat baldie who took a picture of himself by Diego’s body dead. He was someone who touched the sky with his hands but never took his feet off the ground,’ the president said. President Alberto Fernandez has declared three days of national mourning and earlier visited the casket. However, Chadli soon after decided to represent his country of birth and just 84 days on from his Morocco debut, the winger won his first cap for Belgium in a friendly against Finland. The Argentinian Government have announced three days of mourning following Maradona’s death, while the residents of Napoli flooded the streets of their city to pay tribute to their former forward.