Diego Maradona, the Argentine soccer great who was among the best players ever and who led his country to the 1986 World Cup title before later struggling with cocaine use and obesity, has died. He was 60.
The office of Argentina’s president will decree three days of national mourning because of Maradona’s death on Wednesday, and the Argentine soccer association expressed its sorrow on Twitter.
Maradona died two weeks after being released from a Buenos Aires hospital following brain surgery.
Famed for the “Hand of God” goal in which he punched the ball into England’s net during the 1986 World Cup quarterfinals, Maradona captivated fans over a two-decade career with a bewitching style of play that was all his own.
Although his reputation was tarnished by his addictions and an ill-fated spell in charge of the national team, he remained idolized in soccer-mad Argentina as the “Pibe de Oro” or “Golden Boy.”
The No. 10 he wore on his jersey became synonymous with him, as it also had with Pele, the Brazilian great with whom Maradona was regularly paired as the best of all time.
Bold, fast and utterly unpredictable, Maradona was a master of attack, juggling the ball easily from one foot to the other as he raced upfield. Dodging and weaving with his low center of gravity, he shrugged off countless rivals and often scored with a devastating left foot, his most powerful weapon.
“Everything he was thinking in his head, he made it happen with his feet,” said Salvatore Bagni, who played with Maradona at Italian club Napoli.
A ballooning waistline slowed Maradona’s explosive speed later in his career and by 1991 he was snared in his first doping scandal when he admitted to a cocaine habit that haunted him until he retired in 1997, at 37.
Hospitalized near death in 2000 and again in ’04 for heart problems blamed on cocaine, he later said he overcame the drug problem. Cocaine, he once said famously, had proven to be his “toughest rival.”
But more health problems followed, despite a 2005 gastric bypass that greatly trimmed his weight. Maradona was hospitalized in early 2007 for acute hepatitis that his doctor blamed on excessive drinking and eating.
He made an unlikely return to the national team in 2008 when he was appointed Argentina coach, but after a quarterfinal exit at the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, he was ousted — ultimately picking up another coaching job with the United Arab Emirates club Al Wasl.
Maradona was the fifth of eight children who grew up in a poor, gritty barrio on the Buenos Aires outskirts where he played a kind of dirt-patch soccer that launched many Argentines to international stardom.
None of them approached Maradona’s fame. In 2001, FIFA named Maradona one of the two greatest in the sport’s history, alongside Pele.
“Maradona inspires us,” said then-Argentina striker Carlos Tevez, explaining his country’s everyman fascination with Maradona at the 2006 World Cup in Germany. “He’s our idol, and an idol for the people.”
Maradona reaped titles at home and abroad, playing in the early 1980s for Argentinos Juniors and Boca Juniors before moving on to Spanish and Italian clubs. His crowning achievement came at the 1986 World Cup, captaining Argentina in its 3-2 win over West Germany in the final and decisive in a 2-1 victory against England in a feisty quarterfinal match.
Over the protests of England goalkeeper Peter Shilton, the referee let stand a goal by Maradona in which, as he admitted years later, he intentionally hit the ball with his hand in “a bit of mischief.”
But Maradona’s impact wouldn’t be confined to cheating. Four minutes later, he spectacularly weaved past four opponents from midfield to beat Shilton for what FIFA later declared the greatest goal in World Cup history.
Many Argentines saw the match as revenge for their country’s loss to Britain in the 1982 war over the Falkland Islands, which Argentines still claim as “Las Malvinas.”
“It was our way of recovering ‘Las Malvinas,’” Maradona wrote in his 2000 autobiography “I am Diego.”
“It was more than trying to win a game. We said the game had nothing to do with the war. But we knew that Argentines had died there, that they had killed them like birds. And this was our revenge. It was something bigger than us: We were defending our flag.”
It also was vindication for Maradona, who in what he later called “the greatest tragedy” of his career was cut from the squad of the 1978 World Cup — which Argentina won at home — because he was only 17.
Maradona said he was given a soccer ball soon after he could run.
“I was 3 years old and I slept hugging that ball all night,” he said.
At 10, Maradona gained fame by performing at halftime of professional matches, wowing crowds by keeping the ball airborne for minutes with his feet, chest and head. He also made his playing debut with the Argentinos Juniors youth team, leading a squad of mostly 14-year-olds through 136 unbeaten matches.
“To see him play was pure bliss, true stardom,” teammate Carlos Beltran said.
Maradona played from 1976-81 for first division club Argentinos Juniors, then went to Boca Juniors for a year before heading to Barcelona for a world-record $8 million.
In 1984, Barcelona sold him to Napoli, in Italy. He remade its fortunes almost single-handedly, taking it to the 1987 Italian league championship for its first title in 60 years.
A year after losing the 1990 World Cup final to West Germany, Maradona moved to Spanish club Sevilla, but his career was on the decline. He played five matches at Argentine club Newell’s Old Boys in 1994 before returning to Boca from 1995-97 — his final club and closest to his heart.
Drug problems overshadowed his final playing years.
Maradona failed a doping test in 1991 and was banned for 15 months, acknowledging his longtime cocaine addiction. He failed another doping test for stimulants and was thrown out of the 1994 World Cup in the United States.
In retirement, Maradona frequented Boca matches as a raucous one-man cheering section and took part in worldwide charity, sporting and exhibition events. But the already stocky forward quickly gained weight and was clearly short of breath as he huffed through friendly matches.
In 2000, in what doctors said was a brush with death, he was hospitalized in the Uruguayan resort of Punta del Este with a heart that doctors said was pumping at less than half its capacity. Blood and urine samples turned up traces of cocaine.
After another emergency hospitalization in 2004, Maradona was counseled for drug abuse and in September of that year traveled to Cuba for treatment at Havana’s Center for Mental Health. There he was visited by his friend, Cuban President Fidel Castro.
In Cuba, Maradona took to playing golf and smoking cigars. He frequently praised Castro and Argentine-born revolutionary “Che” Guevara, who fought with Castro in the Cuban revolution — even sporting a tattoo of Guevara on his right arm.
Maradona said he got clean from drugs there and started a new chapter.
In 2005, he underwent gastric bypass in Colombia, shedding nearly 50 kilograms (more than 100 pounds) before appearing as host of a wildly popular Argentine television talk show. On “10’s Night,” Maradona headed around a ball with Pele, interviewed boxer Mike Tyson and Hollywood celebrities, and taped a lengthy conversation with Castro in Cuba.
In retirement, Maradona also became more outspoken. He sniped frequently at former coaches, players — including Pele — and the pope. He joined a left-wing protest train outside the Summit of the Americas in 2005, standing alongside Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to denounce the presence of then-President George W. Bush.
His outsider status made it all the more surprising when he was chosen as Argentina coach following Alfio Basile’s resignation.
He won his first three matches but his tactics, selection and attention to detail were all questioned after a 6-1 loss to Bolivia in World Cup qualifying equaled Argentina’s worst-ever margin of defeat.
Victor Hugo Morales, Argentina’s most popular soccer broadcaster, said Maradona will ultimately be remembered for a thrilling style of play that has never been duplicated.
“He has been one of the great artists of my time. Like great masters of music and painting, he has defied our intellect and enriched the human spirit,” Morales said. “Nobody has thrilled me more and left me in such awe as Diego.”
FC Uttar Bongo registered a 3-1 goal victory over Kumilla United in the day's lone match of the Tricotex Women’s Football League at Kamalapur Stadium here on Wednesday.
Tonima struck twice in the 36th and 54th minute while Rita netted the other goal for the winners in the 50th minute.
Kiting netted the consolation goal for the losers in the 64th minute.
Legendary footballer and well known sports organizer Badal Roy was cremated at the Bardeshwari Kali temple and crematorium in Sabujbagh Thana of the capital on Monday.
Before the cremation, sports personalities, sports organizers, politicians, journalists, fans and well-wishers of Badal Roy paid the final tributes to their beloved star footballer and organizer.
The body of Badal Roy was first brought to his favourite Mohammedan Sporting Club Limited where he spent his entire career before serving the black and whites as team manager and official until his death.
Hundreds of Mohammedans' officials, supporters, former and current players paid their respect to one of their most celebrated footballers and a life-time member of the club with flowers and bouquets Monday morning.
After staying around 45 minutes in his favorite club, his body was taken to the Bangabandhu National Stadium Monday noon where he had glorious memories as player and manager of the club and as well as in the national team.
Former and current sportsmen, sports organizers, colleagues, fans, representatives of different sports federations and organizations paid the last homage to their iconic forwards of the 1980s.
Mayor of Dhaka South City Corporation Barrister Sheikh Fazle Noor Taposh was also present at the stadium to pay his tribute.
Finally, the body Badal taken to Sabujbag’s Bardeshwari Kali temple and crematorium for cremation, where his fellow former national footballer Abdul Gaffar, his friends, family members and peoples of his locality were present.
Former national star footballer of 80's, national sports award winner, former sports secretary of DUCSU Badal Roy passed away Sunday evening at 5:35 pm while undergoing treatment at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital in the city.
A footballer of the highest talent in his time in Bangladesh, Badal Roy made debut in the traditional Dhaka Mohammedan SC in 1977, spent his whole career of about 12 years with the black and whites and about five year for the national team.
After his retirement from playing football, Badal Roy got engaged himself in country's sports organisation and become joint secretary, vice-president of BFF, vice president and deputy secretary general of Bangladesh Olympic Association and Treasurer of National Sports Council, apart from serving MSC in different capacities .
Bangladesh National Football Team, now in Qatar, held their first outfield practice session on Sunday at the AL Aziziyah Boutique (Super Club; Pitch 1) in Doha from 11.00 am to 1.00 pm.
It was the first training session for touring Bangladesh after reaching Qatar last Thursday (Nov 19). But, Bangladesh team made their first gym session at the team Hotel on Saturday during their three-day mandatory quarantine period in the hotel.
Meanwhile, Qatar Football Association has confirmed the two teams which will play preparatory matches against Bangladesh ahead of their FIFA World Cup 2022 and Asian Cup 2023 Qualifiers against Qatar on December 4.
Bangladesh will play the first practice match on November 25 with the Qatar Army Football team at the Aziziyah Boutique (Super Club; Pitch 2) in Doha
at 5:30 pm Qatar time (8:30 pm Bangladesh time).
The tourists will play their 2nd and last practice match against local Lusail Sporting Club on November 28 at Pitch-1 of the same venue. Kick off time will remain the same, said a BFF media release from Doha on Sunday.
Bangladesh team got their 2nd Covid-19 test reports Sunday morning where all members of Bangladesh squad found negative except Manager Amer Khan and Physio Fuad Hasan Hawlader, who also found positive in the first test in the airport.
They will be retested on Tuesday and will remain in isolation at their rooms until they become negative.
Meanwhile, The British Head Coach of Bangladesh team Jamie Day, who missed the Qatar trip for Coronavirus, was tested positive for Covid 19 again on Saturday.
Local coach Mohammad Masud Parvez Kaisar flew for Doha Sunday morning to join the team in the evening.
Dhaka, Nov 22 (UNB) -Former national star footballer of the Eighties, national sports award winner, former sports secretary of DUCSU and recent past vice president of Bangladesh Football Federation (BFF) Badal Roy passed away Sunday afternoon while undergoing treatment at Bangladesh Medical College Hospital.
He was suffering from liver cancer and other health complications, and had a bad bout of COVID-19 in the summer that left him severely weakened, forcing him to effectively pull out of last month's BFF president election, although his name stayed on the ballot.
Roy was 63. He left behind his wife, a son, a daughter and a host of admirers to mourn his death.
Badal Roy was first admitted to ICU of Asgar Ali hospital in the city with critical condition on November 5. Later, he was shifted to Square hospital on November as his condition was further deteriorate where liver cancer was found in his body and doctor advised his family to make treatment at home.
But his family member brought him to Bangabandhu Sheikh Mujib Medical University from where he rushed to Bangladesh Medical College Hospital for dialysis and finally he lost his live there.
Earlier in 2017, Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina sent him to Singapore for a better treatment of his brain haemorrhage and he was cured after long treatment there. Later, he was tested positive for Covid-19 in the last August and cured after treatment at home,
A footballer of the highest talent in his time in Bangladesh, Badal Roy made his debut for the traditional powerhouse Dhaka Mohammedan SC in 1977, spent his whole career of about 12 years with the black and whites and about s five year-spell in the national team.
After retirement from playing football, Badal Roy got engaged himself in country's sports organisation and become vice-president of the Bangladesh Football Federation, Deputy Secretary General of Bangladesh Olympic Association and Treasurer of National Sports Council.
He also acted as Mohammedan's manager in various terms.
Despite his ill health, Roy ran for the president's post in BFF's recent election, losing eventually to incumbent Kazi Mohammad Salahuddin.
Badal Roy was born in July 4 in 1957 in Duadkanti upazilla of Cumilla and complated SSC examination in 1972,
Meanwhile,State Minister for Youth and Sports Zahid Ahsan Russell MP, BOA, BSJA condoled the death of Badal Roy.