The summer that Maradona almost ended in Marseille: “Would you come looking for my Ferraris?”

first_imgBefore the second meeting, Maradona hesitated to the press with a possible exit (he made a joke with the sponsor of the club Mars and ‘Marseille’) while Tapie harassed Ferlaino by phone to sell him to Maradona. “It drives me crazy. I called the Italian Federation to call UEFA, and the French Federation to calm Tapie down.” stated publicly the president of Naples. The second meeting was in Milan. Marseille went with everything. Maradona asked them the same salary as in Naples and Hidalgo promised that Tapie would give him double (€ 600,000 a month) and all his whims he asked for: a villa in an exclusive area, a garage for all his cars and even private security. Maradona looked strong and hesitated. “He threw the keys to the car at me and said” Will you come to get my Ferraris? “Tapie and I would have crawled on all fours if he had asked us to,” said Hidalgo in L’Equipe.With Maradona everything was fine but Ferlaino ended the story. “Maradona will stay in Naples as long as I want him to stay in Naples,” he said in this French newspaper, and Maradona never changed the ‘azzurro’ for the white and blue of the French team.Success for bothThe paths of Maradona and OM did not cross but both were successful. Diego won his second Scudetto with Napoli in 89/90 and Marseille became European champion in 93, before being relegated to the Second Division for arranging the pre-final match with Valenciennes so that they would not injure any player before the final. In 91, Maradona left Naples and in 95, Tapie left the OM, just when Diego returned to Boca. Diego Armando Maradona was able to leave Naples before 1991. In the late spring of 1989, Agent Michel Basilevich called the office of the recently deceased Michel Hidalgo, then sports director of Olympique de Marseille, to offer to sign 10. Hidalgo did not believe it, but the intermediary insisted and called Bernard Tapie, then owner of the Marseille, to tell him about it. Maradona, they assure, wanted to meet him.Tapie, a controversial character in France who has been a singer, actor, businessman, owner of Marseille and even a deputy and MEP associated with the left, was not encouraged. Basilevich bit him by calling L’Equipe to tell the whole story that this newspaper collects these days in chronological order.After a cover of this newspaper assuring that Maradona could land in Marseille, everything started. The first fear they had in Marseille, a city with a reputation for being dangerous, was the Neapolitan mafia. The good relationship between Maradona and Carmine Giuliano, a member of the Camorra, was known and that someone wanted to take Diego, who generated uncontrolled love between the Partenopeos, they believed that it could cause a rather difficult situation for them. Thus, confirmed his personal safety by an Italian contact that was never revealed, Hidalgo went to Italy with a premise: offer him whatever it was to Maradona.Negotiate with DiegoHidalgo arrived at Diego’s house ready to meet but on the 10th, according to L’Equipe, he had other chores and had the sports director waiting for hours while taking a photo session with his newborn daughter to sell it for solidarity purposes. “He came with us for about five minutes and left for an hour,” they say. When the session ended, they sat down to negotiate and Maradona was only interested in one thing: living well. “House, sea and pool, eh, Mr. Hidalgo?”, They assure that he answered. Maradona asked for player references and said he did not know any. Nor did he care. Naples loved him but he felt shut up. After the Camorra, the second fear of the people of Marseilles was Ferlaino, president of Nápoles and “owner of Maradona”. Diego assured that he would convince him to leave. last_img read more

ISL 2019-20: Chennaiyin Held to 0-0 Draw by Visiting Mumbai City FC on Diwali Evening

first_imgChennai: Chennaiyin FC and Mumbai City played out a goalless draw in their Indian Super League clash at the Jawaharlal Nehru stadium, also called Marina Arena, in Chennai on Diwali evening.Both teams created a host of chances in an intense encounter but poor finishing meant that the teams had to share honours at the Marina Arena and the festivities ended without the net being rocked even once. The result sees Chennaiyin FC get their first point of the season on board while Mumbai City join NorthEast United at the top of the table with four points from two games.Chennaiyin could have stormed into the lead within 30 seconds when Rafael Crivellaro fed Andre Schembri through on goal. But the Maltese striker could only toe the ball forward on the stretch which was blocked by Mumbai City goalkeeper Amrinder. The rebound fell for Rafael who saw his effort miraculously palmed over Amrinder’s outstretched arm.This is the first time @MumbaiCityFC have kept three consecutive clean sheets away from home! Resolute! 💪#CHEMUM #HeroISL #LetsFootball #TrueLove pic.twitter.com/xQa3Txqg2o— Indian Super League (@IndSuperLeague) October 27, 2019 The home team looked full of attacking intent in that opening period, with Rafael pulling the strings. The Brazilian did exceedingly well to hold on to the ball in the 11th minute down the left wing, before rolling his marker and unleashing a vicious shot that flew just over.Minutes later, a poor defensive header from Souvik Chakrabarti saw Lallianzuala Chhangte race through on goal but his tame effort was blocked by Amrinder and Rafael, who was following up, shot wide.Mumbai City, who were struggling to put together moves, were dealt a blow in the 24th minute when Modou Sougou went off injured with Serge Kevyn replacing him.However, Mumbai started to grow into the game soon after and Amine Chermiti had two huge chances to score. First, he lobbed over after a disastrous backpass from Edwin Vanspaul before heading a Raynier Fernandes cross over from point-blank range in the 27th minute.Just past the half-hour mark, Kevyn was sent through on goal by Rowllin Borges but the substitute shot wide as Mumbai started to exert themselves.The Islanders finished the half well but found themselves under pressure at the restart as Chennaiyin showed some urgency. Several chances were created but the goal remained elusive.In a bid to gain more control, Mumbai City head coach Jorge Costa brought in Portuguese midfielder Paulo Machado for Raynier Fernandes. The substitute almost had an impact when his pass found Kevyn in space down the left but his first-time shot was tipped away by Chennaiyin custodian Vishal Kaith.John Gregory’s side had to change their plans after Rafael went down injured after a tough challenge from Souvik, which forced the Englishman to bring on Masih Saighani.After a bit of a lull, Chennaiyin started to pile the pressure and almost got a break in the 80th minute. A good passing move saw Anirudh Thapa play in Nerijus Valskis just inside the penalty box but the lanky forward’s shot went wide.The home team continued to threaten on the counter but a combination of poor decision-making from them and last-gasp defending by Mumbai City kept the scores level.Though Mumbai City were reduced to 10 men in injury time after Souvik was sent off for a cynical foul on Thoi Singh, Chennaiyin could not force a winner. Get the best of News18 delivered to your inbox – subscribe to News18 Daybreak. Follow News18.com on Twitter, Instagram, Facebook, Telegram, TikTok and on YouTube, and stay in the know with what’s happening in the world around you – in real time. chennaiyin fcfootballindian footballindian super league First Published: October 27, 2019, 10:29 PM ISTlast_img read more