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Maradona sniffs out coaching in China

(China Daily)

10:37, August 15, 2012

Argentine football star Diego Armando Maradona interacts with a young football fan at a children charity activity in east China's Shanghai, Jan. 17, 2012. (Xinhua/Fan Jun)

Argentina soccer legend Diego Maradona has reiterated his desire to coach in China after arriving in the capital on Monday for an eight-day charity trip.

"I would like to coach in China," said the 51-year-old - who was sacked by a Dubai club Al Wasl FC in the United Arab Emirates as a manager - during a news conference at Capital Airport in Beijing without offering any further information.

Maradona's intention to coach in China was first cited in May when Tang Huiqing, one of his agents, told the media he (Maradona) had been paying attention to China's soccer development, and hoped to engage in the youth soccer training program and become the head coach of the national team.

"I wish to contribute to the development of China's soccer youth," he said at the news conference.

Maradona is on an eight-day visit to China for a series of charity events including an auction on Aug 18, where the proceeds will be donated for the development of youth soccer in China. He will also meet with Wei Di, chief of the Chinese Football Association.

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