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From Soccernet:

Maradona: Brazil 'lucky' to win
Alastair Himmer

TOKYO, July 1 (Reuters) - Diego Maradona has dismissed Brazil as a 'mediocre' team who were lucky to win the World Cup.

Maradona, who won the World Cup with Argentina in Mexico in 1986 and was a runner-up in Italy four years later, also criticised the quality of the football during an upset-filled tournament in South Korea and Japan.

'The final summed up the level of the tournament. It was a poor match. Brazil are just a collection of individuals. They don't play as a team,' the 41-year-old told a news conference on Monday.

'Brazil were playing one of the worst Germany teams I have seen in my life. They were lucky that they had a striker (Ronaldo) who hit top form at the right time.'

Maradona, who arrived in Japan on Friday after initially being refused entry into the country because of his history of substance abuse, insisted nevertheless that Ronaldo should not win the coveted 'Golden Ball' award.

Ronaldo erased the nightmare of the 1998 World Cup final by scoring both goals against Germany in Sunday's 2-0 win to take his tally in the finals to eight.

Maradona, though, said: 'It would be lie to say he has been the best player in the tournament. He missed two easy chances in the final that showed his knees are still not right.

'A Ronaldo with good knees has so many more options. You could give it to him for his passion and heart but I think Rivaldo or Roberto Carlos deserve it more.'

--------------- What can u say about this man?????
 

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"El Pibe" is pathethic - what else is new?

Well, as we all know this bloated old has-been lives on envy and hatred. He doesn't deserve to have his gibberish dignified with a detailed thrashing. He is a pathethic whiner whose time is past. I feel sorry for him, such a great talent thrown away by such a worthless person...

Let's forget his anger and jealousy. He can't stand to see Brazil raising their fifth Cup, and he can't even remember the last time Argentina raised any trophy at all. Why should his incoherent ramblings matter?

Peace. And hail the Five-Times-World-Champions!
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jealous guy!:rolleyes:

Why he dont talk about his NT too? :confused:

To win a WC dont is needed the best team of history, just the best team at that moment. :finger:
 

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Forget it.
 

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Some players are great athletes. Some are intelligent. Some are both. Let's just say that Maradona falls in the first category.
 

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Cariboca,
not even that, i don't think he is a great athlete...just a great player!

Well, you could not expect anything more from his brain could you?

The guy wants to be argentina manager and comes up with such stupid comments. Let's hope they give him the job, i bet they wont even qualify with him in charge!

Also, why does he forget Pele for once??:confused: Is he in love with Pele?? Pele never talks about him, and every interview he has to make up something about Pele and FIFA.....the guy is just comlpetely dopes out.:eek: :fero: ;)
 

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Well...its weird..

I have read so many articals till now saying the same things that Maradona said..and some of them went much more further than that.

Why Maradona to be mentioned for his statements :confused:

Well, do not worry Ze, he will not be the coach, even though I expect Argentina will qualify to Copa America with him :D
 

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cariboca said:
Some players are great athletes. Some are intelligent. Some are both. Let's just say that Maradona falls in the first category.
Not exactly. Maradona is more in this category: Players who were great athletes. Have you seen him recently? He looks like he is 55 years old and 240 pounds:eek: :confused:
 

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i was so sad to read this on sportserver.com. what a shame that one of the greatest players of all time has to criticize the world cup winner after seeing his team lose in the first round. really, it's sad. he should have just kept his mouth shut. he's just embarrassing himself.
 

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Maradona's Worst Enemy

The saddest thing is, Diego's verbal crapping only stains the image of a great player, one of the best I have had the pleasure of watching. Argentinian fans may understand how I feel, and I say this without any intention to be funny or sarcastic; Maradona the superstar shouldn't have to suffer the indignities Diego makes him go through. It just makes me sad to see this giant of football, a landmark of South American footballing talent, someone who should be a shining example for kids, you know what I mean - see this once-great man stuttering bile, resentful and envious.

Once Maradona was so much bigger than this. :( Why can't he rise above this?
 

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i've read many similar comments as Diego's in some sites and forums. :mad:
the first thing i thought is JEALOUS! almost everyone was hailing Argentina and France would be the champ. but they didnt even qualify to the second phase :D so they are the same different with China or Saudi Arabia :D
again most of my friends are Italy fans, it seems like they didnt realize that Italy played very very horrible football and good for them they have an alibi called Byron Moreno.

and this time Diego 'the great' Maradona said the same crap and he didnt admitt that we have the best team in the world ever. i think he became small man now :(
 

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By the way..Johan Cruif said soemthing semiliare to what Maradona have said.
 

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A medicore team showed the world how to win the WC. And that is Brazil.

An over-hyped team showed the world how to get eliminated after the group phase. And that is Argentina.

I would love to hear what he said about the performance of the Argies.

:sigh: What a pathetic old man!
 

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think he became small man now :(
Thats in your stupid dreams dude.

I gues Juhan Cruif is a small man too then.

you just dont want to believe that Brazil and Germany were the medicore teams besides Korea maybe.

They are in the final!

ask the FIFA about that.
 

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calling Brazil mediocre is just plain stupid.

A team with so many stars t o be caleld that is even a bigger shame than what this idiot Maradona said!:eek:
 

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That is exactly what Maradona said Ze.

Brazil is a team full of stars, but they played more like individuals and not like a team.

Juahn Cruif said the same, so why the hell only maradonas remarks that looks like a kick to the balls to you guys?
 

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Anyone that knows anything abotu football KNOWS that after the Belgium gme Brazil played as a unit.

ANd if it played as individuals who cares? The final , the only game the idiot saw, Brazilian players were each helping each other out.

Funny thing is that all the players just said: "When we go on to the pitch we know we can make a mistake , cause everyone says that they'll be watching our backs"..

Great analysis by the ignorant jealous people!!!

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Assasin,
can you imagine the five fingers being shoved at your face???:D :howler: :howler: :howler: :howler:
 

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Ze da Fiel said:

Assasin,
can you imagine the five fingers being shoved at your face???:D :howler: :howler: :howler: :howler:
I only can imagin Kahnr eceiving the best player award in the world cup :D

The Jokes continuing in this big joke( World cup)
 

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yeah, kahn's winning that award was a big joke. i'm a brazil and ronaldo fan, but rivaldo clearly was the best player in this tournament and deserved to win the award. at the very least, he should have finished second to ronaldo.
 
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