Time travel of football, 21.9.1992: When FIFA Maradona is sent to Seville 2

Time travel of football, 21.9.1992: When FIFA Maradona is sent to Seville

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<p class=At the 1994 World Cup, Maradona had to suffer a lot. That he could be there at all, allowed him Fifa.

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Nowadays, football legend Diego Maradona is in the movies with a film about himself. 27 years ago, the Argentinean world star after his lock has finally returned to the football field. But a scrambled transfer prevents his return – until a surprising person activates.

In April 1991, the great Diego Armando Maradona was at the end of his powers. With glassy eyes and a puffy face, he spoke to the cameras, "I can not, I want to die." Six weeks earlier, after a match at his SSC Naples, traces of cocaine had been detected in his doping sample. Maradona then left Italy, escaped to Buenos Aires and was finally sentenced in that locality. "I could not stand the hype any more, only cocaine made my life bearable in the Golden Cage", he tried to justify himself and save what could still be saved.

On the evening of 21 September 1992, Diego Maradona was finally happy. Finally, he would be allowed to play again. His transfer from SSC Napoli to Sevilla FC was perfect.

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<p class=In Seville, FC Maradona also met his fellow world star, Davor Suker.

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He had been detained for fifteen months because of his use of cocaine. From Argentina, the legend of world football had previously announced that he would not return to Italy. This chapter would be complete in his life. But Maradona had made the addition without her long – time favorite club and employer. The Naples SSC insisted on the respect of the contract, which should only end in the summer of 1993 – or simply on adequate compensation by means of a generous transfer.

But the Spaniards of Sevilla FC could not and did not want to pay the required amount. It was only on the evening of 21 September 1992 that the long-awaited breakthrough finally took place. And that was quite surprising for the football public. Because behind the success of the mediation, there was someone very special: it was FIFA with its secretary general, Joseph S. Blatter. He had been involved in the Maradona defense race and had tried at the highest level to smooth the waves between the two sides. That alone was remarkable.

Fifa worries about American interests

But the most interesting reason was FIFA's intervention: the World Union feared that the next World Cup in the United States would become a flop if the world's best-known active footballer – even the least passionate Americans in the world. football – knew it. participate. And in autumn 1992, the end of Maradona's career did not appear so far. The long months of involuntary suspension and the nervousness of the transfers between Naples and Seville made the Argentinian beat. But then, Blatter and Fifa came and everything happened very quickly.

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<p class=Maradona quickly recovered the cost of his involvement in Seville.

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Sport Bild felt that Maradona's commitment to Sevilla FC was not bad." shortly thereafter. On the bill of the magazine, Seville has delivered the world star almost free at home. What looked like a fairy tale of 1001 Nights, added the weekly in figures, step by step. In detail, it was very interesting: "The Spaniards pay, according to the Fifa judgment of September 22, a transfer of 11.3 million marks to the SSC Naples, including 6.78 million paid by Maradona. , 52 million marks, Seville sold the TV rights of Maradona's first match against Bayern for 2.3 million marks through the agency dorna, which aired in 48 countries.The club won 800,000 marks thanks to promotional offers and sponsorship contracts The sponsor of the Seville jersey, Nintendo, also paid 1.48 million marks to present the game, including 4.58 million at Bayern, which means that the transfer of Maradona is already complete.

At that time, 17,000 new subscriptions (sales figure: $ 2.25 million) and a total of 20,000 viewers, attending home games more than before, contributed to the fact that the Maradona's € 4.5 million annual salary was refinanced very quickly. An extremely amazing bill that the magazine opened at the time. And if she even approached, the Hamburger SV was also very annoyed.

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At that time, a so-called "millionaire contractor", the Kieler Johnny Solterbeck, wanted to attract the Argentine world champion to the Hanseatic city. He confided the "mirror": "I give the HSV a star player, I shoot him completely alone on the stage". With a rather unorthodox idea, the contractor wanted to concretize the Maradona agreement: Argentina should only be used in home games. For away games, the HSV would have voluntarily given up the superstar – except that the opponent would have explicitly wanted Maradona's presence. "For the away games, it would only have played if we had been involved in the hosts' incomes, since the HSV with Maradona automatically arrives at other stages of 15,000 additional viewers" Solterbeck said after the transfer was broken. Günter Netzer reportedly said: "Maradona in Hamburg – it is a historic opportunity." It should not be.

Sevilla FC was in the 1992/93 season by the way table screen. Five places better than the previous season. But Maradona did not return to Spain after the summer break. During his holidays in Argentina, his home country, he had shot journalists with an air rifle and then was not allowed to leave the country for a long time.

Maradona provides the desired vortex

But at least one plan was complete: Maradona played again for the Argentine national team and earned his team participation at the 1994 World Cup in the United States. And there (almost) everything happened as Joseph S. Blatter and the World Football Association had wished. Maradona made the headlines on and off the pitch. Unfortunately, only for two games. He was then instructed to take a doping cocktail and lock him up for the rest of the tournament.

However, the end of the career of the great Diego Armando Maradona has also been synonymous with a new failure and a further suspension of 15 months. It was not until October 30, 1997 that Boca Juniors' football legend was denied in his last competitive match. But all this was still far on the evening of 21 September 1992. At that time, Diego Armando Maradona was happy to finally do what made him happy – and keep him alive.

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