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Newell's Old Boys Give Gimnasia Manager Diego Maradona His Own Pitchside Throne

Newell's Old Boys Give Gimnasia Manager Diego Maradona His Own Pitchside Throne

Newell's Old Boys gave Argentina legend Diego Maradona his own personal pitchside throne for their game against his Gimnasia side last night.

Maradona, who turns 59 today, played five times for Newell's late on in his illustrious career and was given a hero's welcome by the club's fans at his hotel in Rosario prior to the match.

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Then, 'El Diego' was presented with a framed painting, a canvas artwork, a Newell's shirt and his very own throne just before kick off, gracing the chair with his signature.

And the 1986 World Cup winner wasted no time in getting comfortable and duly watched his team smash Newell's 4-0 at the Marcelo Bielsa stadium while in a seat fit for a king.

The rest of his backroom staff took their seats on the bench but clearly Maradona was too cool for a dugout.

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Incredibly, broadcaster TNT Sports set up a "Diego Cam" so that fans at home could watch Maradona looking like Jim Royle on the sideline during the game.

Topics: Football News, Football, Diego Maradona, Newell's Old Boys, Argentina

Josh Lawless

Josh is a writer who specialises in football and wrestling. He has been published by Curzon Ashton FC, Late Tackle, Manchester City FC, The Mirror, Read Man City and Manchester Evening News. He provides coverage of professional wrestling and has interviewed some of the biggest names in the field - including the first UK interview with The Hardy Boyz after their return to WWE. He has never sported a pair of Lonsdale Slip-ons, contrary to reports.

 

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