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Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona

Argentine soccer legend Diego Armando Maradona, who was fired as coach of Dubai’s Al Wasl Football Club in July this year, has been appointed an honorary sports ambassador of the sheikhdom, the Dubai Sports Council said Sunday.

Maradona, 51, signed a contract for one year with the Dubai Sports Council. His curtly career as a trainer of Al Wasl FC ended after one season only due to the club’s poor results.

An honorary sports ambassador’s task is to represent the sheikhdom in order to improve Dubai’s publicity in relation to its readiness to host major international sports events.

The government of Dubai has frequently expressed ambitions to host Summer Olympic Games or the FIFA World Cup in the sheikhdom one day.

Maradona, a FIFA World Cup champion of 1986 and Argentina’s national trainer in 2010, expressed in mid-August his desire to take over a trainer job in China, but his plans have not materialized as yet.

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