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Issue #99 of CONMEBOL Magazine was printed

03 / 01 / 2007


This Friday December 29, the 99th edition of the South American Football Confederation magazine saw the light, The 124 page issue corresponds to the months of January and February of the current year. The cover is dedicated to the magnificent conquest of the FIFA World cup of Clubs on the part of Internacional SC, of Brazil, which happened last December.

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Match program for the South American U-17 Ecuador 2007

22 / 12 / 2006

CONMEBOL approved the program of matches of the South American U-17 Championship Ecuador 2007 and determined that the first six qualified national teams will represent CONMEBOL in the Pan-American Games of Rio de Janeiro.

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Match program for the South American U-17 Ecuador 2007

22 / 12 / 2006

CONMEBOL approved the program of matches of the South American U-17 Championship Ecuador 2007 and determined that the first six qualified national teams will represent CONMEBOL in the Pan-American Games of Rio de Janeiro.

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Match program for the South American U-17 Ecuador 2007

22 / 12 / 2006

CONMEBOL approved the program of matches of the South American U-17 Championship Ecuador 2007 and determined that the first six qualified national teams will represent CONMEBOL in the Pan-American Games of Rio de Janeiro.

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Copa America 2007: defined the time for the drawing; the LOC has a new president

13 / 01 / 2007

On Tuesday 9th, the general secretary of the Local Organizing Committee of the Copa América Venezuela 2007, Eduardo Álvarez, announced the designation of Jorge Rodríguez, vice president of the Bolivarian Republic of Venezuela as the new president of the LOC.

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One dead, 20 injured in crush at Bolivian stadium

LA PAZ, Jan 19 (Reuters) - Bolivian officials will launch an investigation after one woman was killed and 20 people injured in a crush at the Hernando Siles stadium on Thursday.

"This afternoon we have a meeting with the police chief to co-ordinate the next game and establish responsiblities," Juan Antonio Lula, the city government's sports secretary, told a local radio station on Friday.

The Bolivian state news agency ABI said a 35-year-old woman was crushed as several hundred fans tried to get into the stadium after a match between local rivals Bolivar and The Strongest had already begun.

ABI said several children were among the injured.

The stadium was filled to its 45,000 capacity, according to media reports.

The game, which ended 1-1, was part of a pre-season tournament organised by local airline Aerosur.

Carlos Meyer, the airline's general manager, said the competition would be suspended if there was no security guarantee for future games.

The Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) would not comment.

"There's nothing official because this championship is organised by Aerosur," spokesman Javier Silvar told Reuters. "We've seen it on the television."

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IFFHS Proclaim Rogério Ceni World’s Best Goalkeeping Goalscorer

São Paulo’s Rogério Ceni is on top of the world in terms of a rare ability that still continues to fascinate fans around the world: a goalkeeper who can keep up with many midfielders and strikers in terms of goals scored per season.

The Brazilian tops the list compiled by German-based sports statisticians IFFHS (International Federation of Football History and Statistics). Rogério Ceni leads the retired José Luis Félix Chilavert, second with 62 and now retired.

Rogério Ceni’s closest active rival is Bayer Leverkusen’s Hans-Jörg Butt, although the German keeper has bagged all of his goals from the penalty spot whereas Rogério Ceni’s ability to convert free kicks is nothing short of legendary.

IFFHS Top Ten Goalkeeping Goalscorers

1.Rogério Ceni - São Paulo - 68 (24 penalties /44 free kicks)
2.José Luis Félix Chilavert - retired - 62 (45/17)
3.René Higuita - retired - 41 (37/4)
4.Jorge Campos - retired - 40 (9/31)
5.Hans-Jörg Butt - TSV Bayer Leverkusen - 28 (28/0)
6.Dimitar Ivankov - PFC Levski 1914 Sofia - 25 (25/0)
7.Marco Antonio Cornez - retired - 24 (24/0)
8.Dragan Pantelić - retired - 22 (21/1)
9.Zarko Lučić - FK Mladost Podgorica - 21 (21/0).

(Wow....5 out of 9 from our Continent....and 1 from Shile ...) p

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Peruvian players burned by artificial pitch :notlist:

LIMA, Feb 7 (Reuters) - Six players suffered burns on the soles of their feet after playing on an artificial pitch in blazing sun, Peruvian club Sporting Cristal said on Wednesday.

Cristal said Juan Cominges, Jose Mendoza, Miguel Villalta, Carlos Lobaton, Erick Delgado and Gabriel Garcia had been unable to train properly this week because of burns and blisters on the soles of their feet.

Uruguayan striker Garcia was the worst affected. "You can't imagine how much it burns," he told the newspaper El Comercio.

The team kicked off the season away to Alianza Atletico at the Miguel Grau stadium last Saturday at 1300 local time in searing summer heat.

"Artificial pitches are completely wrong when you have to play in that kind of heat," Sporting Cristal director Jose Osterling told the Andina news agency.

Osterling said he had asked the Peruvian league for all matches on artificial pitches to be played at night.

Several Peruvian grounds, including the National Stadium in Lima, installed artificial pitches for the World Under-17 championship which the country hosted in 2005.

The pitches have been widely criticised by coaches.

"Can you imagine Brazil and Argentina coming here to play and not complaining," said Alianza Lima coach Gerardo Pelusso.

Costa Rica played their home matches in the 2006 World Cup qualifying competition on an artificial pitch at the Saprissa stadium.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro)


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Peru ponder playing at altitude in World Cup qualifiers

LIMA, Feb 13 (Reuters) - Peru may play their home matches at high altitude in an attempt to qualify for the World Cup for the first time since 1982, a leading soccer official said on Tuesday.

Juvenal Silva, head of the Peruvian federation's national team committee, said he was tired of seeing Peru lose home matches in Lima at sea level.

Instead, he suggested switching to the historic city of Cuzco, 3,300 metres above sea level in the Andes, for the 2010 World Cup qualifiers which are due to start later this year.

"I've watched for 20 years as the other teams have come and walked over us in Lima," he told El Comercio in an interview.

"If the altitude of Cuzco helps us get better results, we should use it."

"I don't want to comment any further because some teams, such as Brazil and Argentina, could put on pressure to avoid this."

Silva also suggested forming a team of home-based players for home matches and foreign-based players for away games.

"We'd have to look for players from Peruvian clubs. We could form two teams...However, these things will be decided by the coach and we'll let him do his work," he said.

Peru won only three of nine home games in the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup.

South American rivals Bolivia and Ecuador both play home matches at high altitude.


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Argentine hooligans export their expertise

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 14 (Reuters) - Argentina's notorious football hooligans are selling their trouble-making expertise abroad, principally to Colombia and Mexico , a report in the sports daily Ole said Wednesday.

Ole quoted a government source as saying members of Argentina's barras bravas - a hardcore groups of fans -- had travelled to the two countries to meet supporters and organise conferences, charging for their advice in U.S. dollars.

The subject matter included terrace chants, the use of weapons and methods for extorting money from club directors and players.

The report said a leading fan from Mexico's Pumas UNAM had twice visited Buenos Aires to obtain first hand experience of the methods used by the notorious Boca Juniors supporters club known as "La Doce" (The 12th man).

He stayed in a top five-star hotel and continued the exchange via e-mail after returning to Mexico, the report added.

Rafael Di Zeo, leader of La Doce, was quoted as saying: "As far as the world's hooligans are concerned, La Doce is Harvard. They come here to learn."

Argentina has a chronic hooliganism problem which played havoc with the Apertura championship in the second half of last year.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro)


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No more high altitude matches for Flamengo

RIO DE JANEIRO, Feb 15 (Reuters) - Brazil's Flamengo said on Thursday they would refuse to play again at high altitude, describing conditions in Wednesday's game away to Bolivia's Real Potosi as unsporting and inhumane.

The club added that allowing teams to play at high altitude was a form of doping.

Flamengo drew 2-2 in the Libertadores Cup Group Five match at nearly 4,000 metres above sea level in the mining town of Potosi, during which their players repeatedly went to the touchline to be given oxygen.

"Last night, Flamengo pulled off an heroic draw against Real Potosi in unsporting and inhumane conditions," said the club in a statement signed by president Marcio Braga, adding that the team's performance was epic.

"We want to make it public that we will officially inform the CBF (Brazilian Football Confederation), the South American Football Confederation and FIFA that we will not take part in matches at an altitude above the limits recommended by sports medicine.

"A football pitch at an altitude not recommended by health specialists does not offer equal conditions to both teams and this damages the sporting principle of fair play.

"It degrades the human condition and puts the life of the athletes at risk. Failure to ban games in these conditions is the same as condoning doping."

Flamengo did not mention any maximum altitude which they believed to be fair.

Potosi's Mario Mercado stadium is one of the world's highest professional soccer venues. They host Parana of Brazil and UA Maracaibo at the same venue later in the group.

The city's lack of a commercial airport adds to the difficulties with visiting teams having to fly to Sucre and then face a 170-km trip over mountain roads.

Bolivia regularly host their World Cup qualifiers in La Paz at 3,600 metres and La Paz-based clubs Bolivar and The Strongest take part regularly in the Libertadores.

Among the 32 teams in the Libertadores Cup group stage, Peru's Cienciano also play their home matches above 3,000 metres.


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Feb. 19, 2007
River Plate describe home ban as arbitrary

BUENOS AIRES, Feb 19 (Reuters) - River Plate president Jose Maria Aguilar described a five-match home ban as arbitrary on Monday and said his club was the safest in Argentina.


The ban was imposed last Thursday, four days after rival factions of River supporters fought in the club's social area which adjoins the River Plate stadium, the largest in the country and venue of the 1978 World Cup final.


The incident, hours before River's opening Clausura championship game at home to Lanus, raised concerns that Argentina could be hit by the same violence and intimidation which plagued the Apertura tournament last year.

'I think it's an arbitrary measure, typical of this culture of which we are all part, where we need a scapegoat and we've found it in River,' Aguilar told reporters as he arrived at the club.

'River is the safest club in Argentina,' he said in his first public comments since the fight, adding that the problem did not happen during a match.

'There's no reason for the closure (of the stadium), if it's an internal River problem, then River will solve it internally.'

On Saturday, there was more trouble when River's match away to Newell's Old Boys in Rosario was abandoned minutes before the final whistle as rival fans hurled objects at each other across the fence which segregated them.

River were winning 2-1.

The match was considered high risk following an incident in 2003 when two Newell's fans were killed in a clash on a major highway after the two sets of supporters, on their way to different games, crossed paths.

Argentine soccer has a chronic hooliganism problem blamed on hardcore fans known as barras bravas.

Club directors have also been blamed for nurturing the problem by giving the fans financial help, free tickets and travel to away games.

Last week, the directors of first division clubs Banfield and Quilmes said they had been threatened after refusing demands for more free tickets.

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Paraguay's Cerro get two-game home ban for crowd violence

ASUNCION, Feb 20 (Reuters) - Paraguay's Cerro Porteno were given a two-match home ban in South American competition on Tuesday following crowd violence at their Libertadores Cup tie against visitors Gremio last week.

The South American Football Confederation (CSF), which announced the decision in a statement, also rejected a complaint from Brazilian club Flamengo about matches at high altitude.

The CSF confirmed that referee Hector Baldassi abandoned last Thursday's Cerro Porteno-Gremio game in injury time and said the Brazilian team's 1-0 win would stand.

Play was interrupted during the first half as rival fans pelted each other with plastic bottles.

Stones were thrown at the Gremio bench at halftime, Gremio midfielder Lucas was struck by a plastic bottle in the second half and play was stopped when more objects were thrown in injury time.

Cerro were ordered to play their next two games in South American competition away from the General Pablo Rojas stadium in Asuncion, usually known as 'The Pressure Cooker'.

The club were fined $20,000 and their request for compensation from Gremio, whose fans ripped up plastic seats, was turned down.

Cerro still have to host Cucuta and Deportes Tolima, both from Colombia, in Group Three. The club are expected to play the ties in Ciudad del Este, 350 km from Asuncion, where they also enjoy large support.

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CSF executive secretary Francisco Figueredo dismissed complaints from Flamengo who described conditions at Bolivia's Real Potosi, nearly 4,000 metres above sea level, as unsporting and inhumane after their 2-2 draw last week.

Flamengo said they would refuse to play at such high altitude again, although as their remaining away games in Group Five are near sea level their threat will not yet be put to the test.

"FIFA allow World Cup qualifiers to be played at altitude so we can't decide otherwise," said Figueredo in a radio interview. "If FIFA don't authorise a change (in the rules), then we certainly will not."

Potosi, whose Mario Mercado stadium is one of the world's highest first division venues, still have to host Parana of Brazil and UA Maracaibo of Venezuela.

The humble provincial club were angered by Flamengo's comments and threatened not to play the return match in Rio de Janeiro because of heat and mosquitoes.

In another decision, the CSF said Ecuadorean club LDU were entitled to field midfielder Patricio Urrutia and defender Jairo Campos in the Libertadores Cup even though the pair are banned in their own country Ecuador after a brawl in a league match.

The CSF said the Ecuadorean federation had informed FIFA of the bans and were waiting for soccer's world governing body to decide if they would be extended internationally.


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Surge of soccer violence overshadows Latin America's leading sport

By VICENTE PANETTA, Associated Press Writer
February 21, 2007

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) -- Projectiles thrown onto the field at a Copa Libertadores match in Paraguay. Fan brawling in Argentine stadiums. Fist fights at a match in Uruguay and restive spectators in Colombia, Mexico and Chile.

Resurgent soccer violence in Latin America, where Argentina has cornered a reputation for having some of the most violent hooligans, is raising concern among clubs and soccer regulators alike as a rash of incidents overshadows the sport. And soccer authorities are paying attention, worried about how to police a sport whose passions cross national boundaries.

"We are worried about these incidents in Latin America," said Nicolas Leoz, president of the South American soccer confederation, known as CONMEBOL. "This violence has nothing whatsoever to do with genuine soccer."

In Argentina, virtually no weekend goes by without violence.

Such unrest in Latin America comes at a time of fan trouble in Europe, where police used tear gas at Tuesday night's Champions League match between Lille and Manchester United. Incidents this season in Italy, Germany and France have evoked memories of hooligan violence of the 1980s.

On Feb. 11, during the opening of Argentina's first-division Clausura tournament, rival hooligan groups backing River Plate battled at the Monumental Stadium complex, sending picnicking families fleeing from a recreation area ahead of a match.

Four people were wounded and Argentina's government suspended play at the stadium, site of Argentina's 1978 World Cup victory, for five home matches by one of South America's most famous clubs.

River president Jose Aguilar, criticized for failing to crack down on the so-called "barra brava," expelled five fans suspected of involvement in the brawl. A "barra brava" has a chance to obtain free tickets to scalp at a profit, can control parking revenues from stadium side streets during home matches and even gets trips to road games paid for by others.

Jaiver Castrilli, a top regulator of the sport in Argentina, said team executives can no longer cast a blind eye on the "barra brava," saying it was time to crack down on such "scum."

The same day as River's brawl, a 15-year-old boy died and 12 others were injured in the western city of Mendoza during fan fighting at another match, police said.

In Argentina alone, there have been at least 145 deaths linked to the sport and fan incidents since 1939, the first year authorities said they began counting the victims.

"The Argentine influence is very great," said one soccer fan, Felipe Garces, a member of the "Red Baron" group backing America of Cali, Colombia.

In Colombia, stadiums in Cali, Bogota and Medellin are frequently plagued by fighting. Last week, Colombian police had to break up rival fans who fought each other with sticks and stones during a practice by a club in a suburban Bogota park.

In Mexico, the local federation ordered teams to stop giving away tickets to rowdy fan groups. In Chile, repeated violence led officials to suspend two Universidad de Chile matches when it deemed security plans inadequate. And in Peru, 10 people were injured by flying sticks and bottles during a fight between two local clubs.

Last week in Paraguay, a Copa Libertadores match between Cerro Porteno and Brazil's Gremio was interrupted three times and had to be suspended three minutes from the end after fan fighting and objects were tossed on field. One player was struck on the thigh but not seriously hurt and authorities announced thousands of dollars in fines against both squads because of their rowdy fans.

Associated Press writers Eduardo Gallardo in Chile, Carols Rodriguez in Mexico, Jairo Anchique in Colombia and Pedro Servin in Paraguay contributed to this report.



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Boca's ineligible player protest rejected

ASUNCION, Feb 22 (Reuters) - The South American Football Confederation rejected a complaint from Boca Juniors on Thursday that opponents Bolivar fielded ineligible players in a Libertadores Cup match last week.

"The result of the game is confirmed," CSF executive secretary Francisco Figueredo said in a statement.

Boca, Argentina's most popular club and five-times Libertadores champions, held the Bolivian team to a goalless draw at high altitude in La Paz in their opening Group Seven game on Feb. 14.

Boca complained on Monday that Juan Doyle Vaca, Zackary Flores and Diego Issa were involved in a transfer dispute with their previous club The Strongest and should not have played.

The CSF said it turned down the complaint after consulting the Bolivian federation.

(Writing by Brian Homewood in Rio de Janeiro)

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FIFA ratifies ban on Ecuadorean league players

QUITO, Feb 23 (Reuters) - World soccer's governing body FIFA has ratified an international ban imposed on eight Ecuadorean league players who took part in a post-match brawl, a Football Federation spokesman said on Friday.

Ecuadorean soccer officials banned 11 players for between two and 12 months for taking part in a vicious melee at the end of local club LDU's 1-1 draw at home to Barcelona in December.

Eight of the players are still serving their suspensions, including LDU's leading players Patricio Urrutia and Jairo Campos, FEF spokesman Victor Mestanza said.

Both players were allowed to feature in Libertadores Cup matches earlier this month despite protests from Paraguayan club Tacuary who played against them in the preliminary round.

Ecuador's former striker Agustin "Tin" Delgado, who became a national icon after his performances at the last two World Cups, was suspended for one year for his part in the fracas.

Separately, police have opened an investigation after the popular Delgado was accused by a woman of punching her brother during a bar brawl at a New Year's Eve party.

Delgado's contract with LDU expired in December and local newspapers said he was negotiating to join New York's Red Bulls but a team spokesman declined to comment.



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Rincon declares innocence of money laundering charges

March 16, 2007

BOGOTA, Colombia (AP) -- Former Colombian striker Freddy Rincon declared his innocence Friday on charges of money laundering for a childhood friend and cocaine kingpin, accusations which led Interpol to issued an alert for his arrest and eventual extradition to Panama.

"To the Colombian people, who today have heard negative news about me, I ask them to please wait for positive news when I've had a chance clarify my legal situation," Rincon said in an interview Friday with Colombia's RCN Radio from Brazil, where he makes his home.

Rincon, who resigned this month as coach of a small club in Sao Paulo state, did not say whether he would surrender to authorities in Panama.

A Brazilian Federal Police spokeswoman, who because of departmental regulations would not identify herself, said Interpol's Brazilian office has not received any request for Rincon's capture. She said she has been told by her superiors to refer all queries to Interpol Colombia.

The former captain of Colombia's national team is charged by prosecutors in Panama of laundering money for Pablo Rayo-Montano, arrested last year in Brazil as part of a five-country international narcotics investigation coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration.

Rincon told RCN he met with Rayo-Montano in Brazil, but said he had no idea that his childhood friend from the Pacific port city of Buenaventura was involved in drug trafficking.

"It's true we've been friends since infancy, and here in Brazil I met with him, but I never asked him about his business dealings," Rincon said.

On Thursday, Interpol issued a worldwide notice requesting Rincon's capture at the same time that authorities in Colombia seized five homes and apartments belonging to Rincon and which they say were used as a front for Rayo-Montano's smuggling ring.

Rincon did not say how he planned to refute the charges against him, but said he aimed to restore "my family's tranquility and be able to continue my life with absolute normality."

Shortly after Rayo-Montano's arrest in May, Rincon acknowledged investing US$200,000 in a fishing company based in Panama but said he had no knowledge it was controlled by the drug capo's organization.

"Sadly, it was the worst investment I ever made in my life," Rincon said at the time.

Rincon scored 17 goals in 84 appearances for Colombia's national team, leading it to three World Cups -- in 1990, 1994 and 1998.

His most famous moment was a last-minute goal off a pass from Carlos Valderrama, against West Germany to draw 1-1 and send Colombia to the second round of the 1990 World Cup. The draw with Colombia was the only match West Germany failed to win on its way to the championship.

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Chilean players given full labour rights

VALPARAISO, Chile, March 20 (Reuters) - Chile's footballers, who have often complained about poor working conditions and problems in getting paid, will get the same rights as other workers under a new law passed by Congress on Tuesday.

"The situation in professional football will change radically," Labour Minister Osvaldo Andrade said after the bill was approved.

"In labour terms, it was absolutely unregulated and absolutely devoid of the rights which are given to any worker."


The law guarantees minimum one-year contracts as opposed to the current six months, the right to be paid monthly and to have days off.

"We've taken a new step towards making the activity more professional and this will help us improve our football," said Harold Mayne-Nicholls, president of the Chilean federation.

Chile's players went on a three-week strike in 2002 at protest over unpaid wages and poor working conditions.

In a bitter dispute, the clubs attempted to break the strike by fielding youth teams and three sacked their entire squads, reinstating them afterwards as part of the agreement which ended the stoppage.

After the strike, new rules were introduced banning clubs who owed money to their players from the previous season.

Deportes Concepcion were kicked out of the first division under the ruling last year and readmitted this season.

A new law came into force last November allowing Chilean clubs to become public limited companies.

Universidad de Chile, one of the country's most popular and successful clubs, are currently in the hands of an administrator after being declared bankrupt last year.


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Maradona still in hospital in alcohol scare

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March 31, 2007

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Football legend Diego Maradona remained in hospital Friday for alcoholic detoxification, two days after being admitted, with a psychiatric nurse by his side, the hospital director said.

"Maradona remains under treatment with sedatives, ... and support medications. There have been new routine tests, which have shown acceptable results," Hector Pezzella, the medical chief at Guemes Hospital, told reporters.

Pezzella said that while Maradona, 46, was "fully into a period of recovery," he was drowsy given the sedatives he has been receiving "to avoid withdrawal symptoms."

"He is stable and is progressing very well ... he did wake up and he ate breakfast," Pezzella added, noting that eating on his own was a sign of progress.

Maradona awakened twice early Friday and is aware he is in hospital, the doctor said, noting "he was at no point aggressive."

The ex footballer's personal physician Alfredo Cahe earlier had said Maradona was admitted against his will and had to be sedated.

Pezzella said Maradona was expected to be treated in hospital until some time next week as in cases of alcoholic detoxification a patient is released five to seven days after being admitted for inpatient treatment.

Should Maradona decide to leave before then, Pezzella said, doctors would allow him because "his life is not in danger."

The football icon has a psychiatric nurse as well as a clinical nurse constantly on duty. And his daughters Dalma and Giannina, and a few close friends were staying in a room alongside Maradona's.

Cahe also has said Maradona has been depressed in recent weeks.

While both Pezzella and Cahe have denied Maradona's treatment was related to use of any illegal drugs, they said it was likely he had replaced a dependency on cocaine with alcohol.

In early March Argentina's central bank began collecting information about Maradona's bank accounts, suggesting the football great was under investigation for tax evasion.

Voted one of the best players of the 20th century and revered like a god in Argentina, Maradona has a history of drug addiction and was hospitalized in 2000 and 2004 for cocaine overdoses.

Born October 30, 1960 just outside Buenos Aires, Maradona shares the FIFA title of the 20th century's best player with Brazil's Pele after a stellar career with Boca Juniors, Barcelona and Napoli.

He scored 50 goals in 115 games for Argentina during his 21 years as a football star. He proved his genius in the 1986 World Cup finals in Mexico, with a series of brilliant displays that led Argentina to the title.

But like much of his career, even that star turn was dogged by controversy.

His first goal was the notorious "Hand of God" effort, which saw Maradona fist the ball over England goalkeeper Peter Shilton.

His second goal in that match, however, has been called one of the most brilliant ever in the game.

Since Maradona's retirement at 37, scandals have continued to surround him, including marital infidelity and drugs.

In 2005 he found a new and successful career in television, hosting a widely watched show called "The Night of 10," referring to his iconic Argentina jersey number.

In 2005 he underwent gastric bypass surgery in Colombia.

Newspaper photographs early this month appeared to show he had regained many of the 50 kilograms (110 pounds) lost in his crash weight-loss treatment. Another showed him in a Buenos Aires nightclub with an injured nose after falling off a chair.




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Maradona showing signs of improvement

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April 2, 2007

BUENOS AIRES (AFP) - Football legend Diego Maradona is showing signs of improvement four days after being rushed to hospital suffering from liver problems related to excessive alcohol consumption, doctors said.

"Routine examinations show a favourable evolution compared to the previous days," Maradona's personal physician Alfredo Cahe and hospital director Hector Pezzella said in a joint statement issued Sunday night.

"He has to break the habit of drinking alcohol," Cahe added.

The former Argentine captain will spend a further week in hospital here and if he is in agreement will continue his convalescence in Switzerland.

Maradona, 46, has been called one of the greatest players of the last century but his career on and off the pitch has been marred by repeated drug and alcohol abuse. He retired from professional football in 1997.

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