Return of a Legend? Maradona Candidate For Argentina Manager

Christian AraosContributor IOctober 18, 2008

Diego Maradona captivated fans with his talent on the pitch as a player.

Now he may be doing it as a manager.

One day after Argentina lost its World Cup Qualifier to Chile 1-0 in Santiago (their first lost to Chile in 35 years) manager Alfio Basile resigned as team manager, citing personal reasons.

His resignation shocked the Argentine FA and the people of Argentina, even though they haven't dominated during the qualification round they are still in the top four of the table, and are still expected to qualify for South Africa 2010.

Now the AFA has to look for his replacement. Possible replacements include:


Sergio Batista

He coached the Olympic team to gold in Beijing and, if hired, may produce similar results in South Africa. Also played for the 1986 squad that won the World Cup in Mexico. He served as an assistant to Oscar Ruggeri for San Lorenzo before becoming the U-20/Olympic team manager for Argentina.


Diego Simeone

He coaches at prennial powerhouse River Plate, and won the Clausura in the 2007-08 season. He led Estudiantes de La Plata to an Apertura title over Boca Juniors in a playoff game in 2006. He played in three World Cup squads from 1994-2002, and is also famous for having David Beckham sent off in 1998.


Miguel Angel Russo

He coaches at San Lorenzo, who currently lead the Apertura and won the Clausura in 2007 with San Lorenzo. He led Velez Sarsfield to the Clausura title in 2005 and won the Copa Libertadores with Boca Juniors in 2007, before joining San Lorenzo. He has managed teams in Mexico, Chile, Spain, and Argentina.


Carlos Bianchi

He hasn't coached since 2006, but has led Velez Sarsfield to the Clausura in 1993 and 1996 and the Apertura in 1995. Led them to the Copa Libertadores title in 1994 and in the same year the Intercontinental Cup and also led them to Copa Interamerica in '95. Won the Apertura in 1998, 2000, 2003 with Boca Juniors, and led them to the Apertura in 2003. Won the Copa Libertadores in 2000, 2001, and 2003, and the Intercontinental Cup in 2000 and 2003.


Diego Maradona

It is hard to put all the things he has done in a short paragraph but here it goes. He won the World Cup with Argentina in 1986, won league titles for Boca Juniors and Napoli in Italy, won cups for Napoli and Barcelona.

Has battled cocaine abuse and has been hospitalized for heart troubles. Was Vice President of Boca Juniors from 2005-06 and was credited for hiring Alfio Basile as manager who led the team to the 2005 Apertura, 2006 Clausura, 2005 Copa Sudamerica, and 2005 Recopa Sudamerica. Recently said "I am willing and and at the disposal of Argentina team."


Five likely candidates for Argentina to choose from, and it is unsure whether they will have appointed someone for the November 19 friendly with Scotland at Hampden Park.