Maradona Agrees to Coach Iraq National Soccer Team, Nacion Says

Diego Maradona, who led Argentina to the 1986 World Cup title as a player, accepted an offer to coach Iraq’s national soccer club, newspaper La Nacion said.

Maradona accepted the proposal and the Iraqi soccer federation will determine final terms for a contract, the Buenos Aires-based newspaper said, citing businessman Hernan Tofoni, who La Nacion said is brokering the hiring.

Maradona, 52, managed Argentina in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, where the team was knocked out in the quarterfinals after a 4-0 loss to Germany. He was appointed manager of Dubai-based Al Wasl soccer club last year and fired in July in his longest tenure as a club coach.

He was captain of Argentina’s team in 1986 when the South American country beat West Germany 3-2 in the World Cup final. Maradona was voted player of the century in 2000 in a poll organized by soccer governing body FIFA.

Iraq, currently managed by former Brazilian star Zico, is in the 92nd slot in FIFA’s ranking of national teams.

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