Maradona Out as Argentina’s National Soccer Coach

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After a disappointing 4-0 loss to Germany in the 2010 World Cup quarterfinals, Diego Maradona’s tenure as the nation’s soccer manager is reportedly over.

ESPN Soccernet is reporting that after meeting with AFA president Julio Grondona on Monday, Maradona has confirmed his departure from the post. The suspected reason for his exit: distress over the makeup of his coaching staff.

Argentina has not attained a World Cup trophy since 1986, when Maradona sealed his legacy as a player by captaining that team, and scoring two prolific goals in a key 2-1 quarterfinal victory over England. (See photos of Maradona’s quest for the World Cup)