Maradona by Kusturica

Maradona by Kusturica

Just watched this documentary about the great man. It was filmed by the Serbian film-maker/artist/musician, Emir Kusturica.

It gives a valuable insight into Maradona. Especially his political beliefs and his thoughts after battling cocaine addiction.

There is more than a bit of George bashing, and Prince Charles and Tony Blair get the treatment too. Which is no bad thing.

Kustarica follows Diego around Buenos Aires (his home and the the Bombanera) and also to Napoli and the former Yugoslavia.

Di Canio In, Martin out.

It’s hard to understand the reasoning behind Sunderland’s decision to sack Martin O’Neill so late in the season. And even more baffling to why they replaced him with Premier League rookie and nutter, Paulo Di Canio.

Even without the Nazi salutes and Mussolini tattoos Di Canio was a spectacularly, controversial decision. He is a notorious hothead with no top flight experience and has the ability to cause fights at will.

His authoritative style of management may have worked well at League One level but I doubt it will sit well with the brittle egos of Premier League underachievers.Paul Sturrock and Southampton comes to mind.

And yet it may prove to be a inspired choice. Di Canio may rally the troops and inspire them to greatness. Some battle rousing speeches may light a fire under his struggling soldiers.

Di Canio may be a great motivator, who instills a great sense of belief in his players. Imbuing them with a confidence far greater than their own abilities.

 

A bit like Martin O’Neill

Bayern waltz to title.

Bayern Munich secured their 23rd Bundesliga title on Saturday by winning 1 – 0 away to Eintracht Frankfurt.

With six games to spare it was the quickest ever title win in German league history and left nearest challengers, Dortmund a massive 20 points behind. The German giants have lost only once this season, conceding a mere 13 goals in the process.

Their veteran coach, Jupp Heynckes will be replaced by Pep Guardiola next season and he will leave a huge vacuum, which will become even greater if, as expected Bayern progress to the Champions League final and claim the German Cup. No German team has ever won this treble of competitions.

Bayern are looking like the FC Hollywood of old with a healthy mix of home-grown talent and foreign stars. Guardiola will be given a huge budget to recruit and has already been linked with Dortmund striker, Robert Lewandowski and Liverpool’s Luis Suarez. The further strengthening of a stellar squad may see Bayern dominate domestically and in the Champions league.

However, the Guardiola appointment is not without risk. His Barca style tactics may not suit the Bayern way of football and like many Euro powerhouses there will be some huge egos to contend within the Allianz Arena-not only the players but the tribe of outspoken directors, presidents and figure heads.

Bavaria may not be as comfortable as Catalonia for Pep and many in Munich may be thinking  “if it is not broken, why fix it”.

Champions League quarters spring no surprises.

Barring any spectacular surprises the semi-finals of the Champions League will be made up of Spanish and German giants. Also guaranteeing a box office final at Wembley.

Malaga 0 – 0 Dortmund

Dortmund may rue all their missed chances but should overcome the Spaniards at home.

Real Madrid 3 – 0 Galatasaray

Real have taken a huge step towards the semi’s with a solid home win.

 

Bayern Munich 2 – 0 Juventus

All Bayern need to do, is play the Italian way in Turin to progress.

Paris SG 2 – 2 Barcelona

The PSG equaliser in the dying seconds provides hope, especially with Messi likely out with a hamstring problem. Barca should have enough in the Nou Camp even without a full defensive complement.