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Diego Maradona Fired: Argentina Great Gets Axe from Al Wasl

CAPE TOWN, SOUTH AFRICA - JULY 03:  Diego Maradona head coach of Argentina gestures in frustration on the touchline during the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa Quarter Final match between Argentina and Germany at Green Point Stadium on July 3, 2010 in Cape Town, South Africa.  (Photo by Clive Rose/Getty Images)
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Frank WagnerCorrespondent IJuly 10, 2012

Diego Maradona's time in the Emirates is officially done.

The Dubai-based Al Wasl, who had hired him as manager in May 2011, fired Maradona today after a disappointing season.

The club finished the season eighth out of 12 teams, their worst finish in the league since the 2005-06 season.

Maradona is widely considered to be one of the best players of all time, as he led Argentina to consecutive World Cup finals and one title.

Additionally, he has had his share of success as a manager, coaching his nation to the World Cup quarterfinals in 2010.

Maradona's appointment as manager last year and his subsequent attempts to sign some of Europe's best had put football in the United Arab Emirates on the map.

However, Maradona's season at Al Wasl went poorly, with the club winning just one match from mid-February onward.

It is unclear where Diego will go from here, but it is certain that it will be eventful.

Hopefully the charismatic great can get a high-profile position so that his eccentricity can once more be our entertainment.

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