Pele takes another swipe at Diego Maradona
Berlin: Brazilian footballing legend Pele`s
war of words with Argentina coach Diego Maradona continued
on Thursday as he said the latter was not a good coach because of
the troubled private life he had led.
Pele, who earlier during the World Cup finals said that
Maradona had only taken the Argentinian coaching job because
he needed the money, said Maradona`s previous troubles - which
included treatment for a cocaine addiction - could only have a
bad effect on the team.
Argentina - who have won all four of their matches at the
World Cup finals thusfar - face an impressive German side in
Saturday`s quarter-final in Cape Town.
"He (Maradona) is not a good coach, because he had a
bizarre lifestyle which cannot go down well with his team,"
three-time World Cup winner Pele told German magazine
By contrast the 69-year-old Pele said there was much to
like about the young and vibrant German side that destroyed
England 4-1 in their Last 16 match last Sunday.
"This young German team is a pleasure to watch," he said.
"It is clear to see that something has changed in German
football, it was already beginning to happen at Euro 2008
(where they lost 1-0 to Spain in the final) and the youngsters
Mesut Ozil and Thomas Mueller, they are like their
predecessors Wolfgang Overath and Pierre Littbarski.”
"They can dribble, deliver pinpoint passes, and produce
something surprising at any moment," added Pele, who
nevertheless feels that they are too young to win at this