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Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years

The Argentinian football legend has signed a two-year deal as head coach of Dubai's Al Wasl football club

Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Portrait of Argentinian midfielder Diego Maradona taken 29 June 1986 in Mexico City before the start of the World Cup final between Argentina and West Germany. The football legend has been confirmed as the new head coach of Dubai’s Al Wasl football club on a two-year contract. The World Cup winner will take up the role next season, the club confirmed Monday, but declined to specify the value of the contract (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Picture taken 22 June 1986 in Mexico City of Argentinian midfielder Diego Maradona (C) during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and England. Maradona scored two goals, the first one with his left hand as he jumped for the ball in front of goalkeeper Peter Shilton, as Argentina beat England 2-1 (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Diego Maradona of Argentina handles the ball past Peter Shilton of England to score the opening goal of the World Cup Quarter Final at the Azteca Stadium in Mexico City, Mexico. Argentina won 2-1. During his TV show 'The 10's Night' from Buenos Aires 22 August 2005, Maradona admitted that he scored the goal illegally. He said he has not regrets. In 1986 Maradona said that the goal was made by 'The God's hand' (Getty Images - Allsport UK /Allsport)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Maradona of Argentina shields the ball from Lothar Matthaus of West Germany during the World Cup Final at the Estadio Azteca in Mexico City. Argentina won the match 3-2 (Credit: Allsport UK/Allsport)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentinian forward Diego Maradona (R) gets ready to cross the ball under pressure from English defender Gary Stevens during the World Cup quarterfinal soccer match between Argentina and England 22 June 1986 in Mexico City. Argentina beat England 2-1 (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentina's soccer star team captain Diego Maradona evades a tackle from West Germany's Lothar Matthaus during the World Soccer Cup final, won by Argentina's team after a 3-2 victory over West Germany, 29 June 1986 at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentina's soccer star team captain Diego Maradona kisses the World Soccer Cup won by his team after a 3-2 victory over West Germany 29 June 1986 at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City watched by Mexican President Miguel de La Madrid (L) and West German Chancellor Helmut Kohl (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Goalkeeper Nery Pumpido and Diego Maradona of Argentina with the Trophy after the World Cup final match between Argentina and Germany on June 29, 1986 in Mexico City, Mexico (Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentina's soccer star team captain Diego Maradona brandishes the World Cup won by his team after a 3-2 victory over West Germany 29 June 1986 at the Azteca stadium in Mexico City (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentinian forward Diego Maradona R) celebrates after teammate Claudio Caniggia (not pictured) tied the score at 1 during the World Cup semifinal soccer match between Italy and Argentina 03 July 1990 in Naples. Argentina and Italy played to a 1-1 tie but Argentina advanced to the final with a 4-3 victory on penalty kicks dashing the hopes of Italian fans of seeing a World Cup victory by their team on home soil (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Diego Maradona of Argentina argues with the referee during the World Cup Final match against Germany played at the Olympic Stadium in Rome, Italy. The match finished in a 1-0 victory for Germany (Billy Stickland /Allsport)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Mexican referee Ernesto Codesal Mendez gives a yellow card to Argentinian midfielder Diego Maradona (L) 08 July 1990 in Rome during the World Cup soccer final between Argentina and West Germany (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
The defending world champions lost 1-0 to West Germany after finishing the game with two men short (Photo: Bongarts)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
June 1990: Diego Maradona in action during the 1990 World Cup played in Italy (Billy Stickland /Allsport)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentine soccer star Diego Maradona takes a walk around the Las Praderas hotel in Havana where he is under treatment - 22 January, 2000 (Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Former Argentine football star Diego Maradona waves to the press 16 February, 2005 in Cartagena, Colombia. Maradona said that he is in Cartagena just for holidays, denying rumours that he arrived in town to submit to surgery to reduce his belly (Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Former Argentine soccer star Diego Armando Maradona (2nd-L) is held back by unidentified friends as he tried to attack a photographer (R) on the parking lot of a Havana supermarket 25 January, 2000. Maradona arrived at the market with his wife, two daughters and other personnel accompanying him. Maradona demanded that he and his family be left alone by members of the media who followed them. Maradona is in Cuba reportedly for drug rehabilitation
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentina's coach Diego Maradona prays as he arrives for the start of the 2010 World Cup quarter-final football match Argentina vs. Germany on July 3, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentina's coach Diego Maradona hugs Argentina's striker Lionel Messi after the 2010 World Cup quarter final Argentina vs Germany on July 3, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town. Germany won 4-0 (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentina's coach Diego Maradona reacts in the first half during the 2010 World Cup quarter-final football match between Argentina and Germany on July 3, 2010 at Green Point stadium in Cape Town (AFP/Getty Images)
Glory and grief: football legend Maradona through the years
Argentina's coach Diego Maradona gestures during the 2010 World Cup quarterfinal football match against Germany at Green Point stadium in Cape Town, South Africa, on July 3, 2010. Maradona, 50, has been out of a job since losing his position as Argentina coach following his World Cup team's 4-0 defeat by Germany in July in the quarter-finals of the tournament. On May 16, the football legend has been confirmed as the new head coach of Dubai’s Al Wasl football club on a two-year contract (AFP/Getty Images)