Diego Maradona is a man who believes in fate.
If it was his destiny to win the World Cup as a player, when he did so with such style in 1986, then all the signs indicate that 2010 will be his year as a coach.
Maradona’s boyish enthusiasm from the sidelines has been as captivating as his players have been on the pitch.
It seems that if Argentina were to win the tournament playing with the joy and skill shown so far in the tournament, it could be the most glorious World Cup triumph since, well...the last time Maradona did it.
Whether that will happen is another matter and cold, hard reality has a way of cruelly crushing fate.
Argentina’s vulnerabilities at the back have yet to be really tested, but that will surely change in the quarterfinal meeting with free-scoring Germany.
Germany’s coach Joachim Low is an excellent tactician who devised a simple plan to beat England, which worked unbelievably well.
For all his strengths as a motivator and inspiration, it is not too difficult to imagine a Maradona team being out-thought by the strategies of a more experienced coach.
But, Argentina still hold the trump card in Lionel Messi, who may not have scored yet in South Africa, but has already shown certain other players how a star should perform on the biggest stage.
If Argentina can get revenge on Germany for its exit at the same stage in 2006, a potential semifinal with Spain awaits.
Messi’s Barcelona teammates may formulate a plan to stop him, but can they also deal with Carlos Tevez, Angel Di Maria, and Gonzalo Higuain?
More importantly, can anyone destroy Diego’s destiny?