Diego Maradona He is at the top of the history of world football and in his long career he shared teams with many footballers. Now as a coach he will have some of them as rival technicians: Miguel Ángel Russo, Kily González, Alfredo Berti and Ángel Guillermo Hoyos.
His Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata is part of group 6 of the Professional League Cup along with Vélez Sarsfield, Huracán and Patronato, so he will not face any of them, at least, at the beginning of the contest. It will be necessary to see if destiny crosses them in some future instance.
MIGUEL ANGEL RUSSO
Boca’s coach was key in midfield the 1982 Metro Champion Students with Carlos Bilardo first and then with Eduardo Luján Manera in the National 1983. He was summoned by the Doctor when he took the Argentine National Team and there he coincided with Maradona. He played 17 games with the Albiceleste between 1983 and 1985 but for various reasons he missed the 1986 World Cup in Mexico.
At the request of Diego himself, he rejected an offer from Real Madrid to put on the Boca shirt, a club where he lived with 10 in 1995. In that same squad there were players of the stature of Juan Sebastián Verón and Claudio Caniggia, among other notable Names. Now Kily is a Central coach, the club that saw him make his debut and retire as a professional.
ALFREDO JESÚS BERTI
In September 1993 Diego carried out his first training session at Newell’s under the leadership of Jorge Solari. There he shared a squad with Pelado, a midfielder emerged from the lower Lepra who made his debut a year earlier and remained until 1995.
Maradona’s stay in Rosario would be short: in January 1994 he would wear that shirt for the last time with a balance of only five official matches. They would again coincide in the definitive closure of Diego’s career when Alfredo at the beginning of 1997 became a Xeneize player.
On the 10th he played his last professional meeting in October in the victory against River.
Berti replaced Gustavo Coleoni as coach at Central Córdoba, who resigned in mid-March due to poor results before the activity was suspended.
ANGEL GUILLERMO HOYOS
The Aldosivi coach had a long career as a player that led him to play for thirteen different clubs in six countries, including Boca Juniors. But his experience with Diego occurred as a youth. Both shared the squad of the youth team led by César Luis Menotti that was preparing for the 1979 Youth Soccer World Cup.
He was not part of the official list but he also traveled to Japan with the team that would win the first U20 World Cup for Argentina. He also had a unique privilege: he was a guest at Maradona’s wedding and also at Lionel Messi, whom he met after directing Barcelona Juvenil B between 2003 and 2005.
In addition, Diego Maradona had as a partner the current vice president of Boca Juniors, Juan Román Riquelme. Román arrived at Xeneize in 1996 and shared with Pelusa in the epilogue of his career until he was the one who replaced him in his last meeting as a professional, all this before becoming the institution’s top idol.
Another protagonist of Argentine soccer with whom he shared on a field is Jorge Burruchaga, currently the manager of Independiente. With Burru they lived together for many years in the Argentine National Team and together they lifted the World Cup in Mexico 1986 and were at the doors to repeat in Italy 90.
Juan Sebastian Verón, president of Estudiantes de La Plata, had the pleasure of sharing a dressing room with Maradona at the beginning of his career. There were only a handful of matches that they shared in Boca in 1996 before La Brujita made the jump to Europe. In addition, the 10 directed it when he was coach of the Argentine National Team in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
Julio Cesar Falcioni he is Banfield’s manager, after leaving technical direction in March. The Emperor shared a roster with Diego in the 79 and 89 editions of the Copa América.
On the other, there are several names of technicians who faced him as a rival on the courts: Marcelo Gallardo and Hernán Crespo, when they wore the River Plate shirt, and Mauricio Pellegrino, in his time as a defender of Vélez. It was also the case of Juan Manuel Asconzábal (Unión) when he was central for Estudiantes and Javier Sanguinetti, coach of Banfield and with a past as captain of that institution.