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Maradona wants to meet Ahmadinejad
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Former Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona says he wants to meet Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, a leading U.S. foe, local media reported on Monday.
Maradona, an outspoken critic of the administration of U.S. President George W. Bush, is an admirer of Cuban leader Fidel Castro and he said this month he wanted a tattoo of Hugo Chavez, the fiery left-wing president of Venezuela and an ally of Iran.
"I've already met Fidel and Chavez ... now I need to meet your president. I'd like to meet Ahmadinejad," he told Iran's top diplomat in Argentina Mohsen Baharvand.
"I'm there with the people of Iran, really with all my heart," he said after a game in Buenos Aires.
Marseille offer
BUENOS AIRES, Argentina
Boca Juniors defender Juan Angel Krupoviesa is close to sealing a move to French league giants Marseille, according to reports here Tuesday.
Boca president Pedro Pompilio said the club "will accept an offer" from Marseille, thought to be between 1-2 million euros, for the 28-year-old central defender.
Osim goes to rehab
TOKYO, Japan
Former Japan coach Ivica Osim has moved out of a hospital intensive care unit to start rehabilitation about five weeks after a major stroke that cost him his job, a football official said Tuesday.
"Transfers are common in football," Japan Football Association executive director Kozo Tajima quoted the 66-year-old Bosnian as quipping of his move.
Osim came out of a coma three weeks ago and had stayed on at a university hospital near his home before moving to a rehabilitation center on Monday, Tajima said.
Tajima informed Osim for the first time that he had been replaced as national coach by homegrown tactician Takeshi Okada, who led Japan to their World Cup finals debut in 1998.


Updated : 2021-01-28 05:03 GMT+08:00