The first return of Maradona to the argentina national team: when Venezuela applauded him in 1985

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Maradona in San Cristobal, on the evening that returned to the selection in 1985

The love story that exists between

Diego Armando Maradona and the argentina team

account with countless chapters. Some of them were a song of pride; others were associated with sadness. But there are also episodes less remembered, as a hidden in the folk memory, which Maradona himself is responsible to recover and bring to the present.

On this occasion, the current coach of Gymnastics

published a video on his account of Instagram

that moves the scene to 1985:

a very special anniversary.

That day he gave his return official selected after their participation in the World cup of Spain ’82. Also

he accompanied the images with a text very sense

in explaining the setbacks and the ways in which the development of football of those times. But it also makes it clear who will get the shirt number 10 of the selection, according to his words: to him.

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Today marks 35 an~os of this match in the playoffs against Venezuela, in 1985. I had already played two friendlies before, against Paraguay and Chile, a few days before. But this was my first official match, after the World 82. In those nearly three an~os of absence, I had hepatitis, an ankle fracture, and the problems that we had “foreigners” to play in the selection. Before there were no dates FIFA, the clubs you retenian the passport, and the federations were not compelled to assign to us. That was ANOTHER FOOTBALL. It was another world. When you get to Venezuela, a person I broke the knee of a kick, going into the hotel. That today could not happen. That’s why I say to the journalists, who today do a thousand comparisons, a thousand figures, to those who think that they discovered the soccer, I can’t compare it. Before was not like now. It was all different. The court, the ball, the boots, arbitration, training, food, medicine, journalism, the media, transportation, hotels, rest. Fair Play did not exist, you cagaban to kicks. And if you didn’t have the world cup, there was not a paradise. Therefore, Bilardo armo a selection with local players during the first w~os. There were No “europeans”. Passarella, Burru and Valdano also came to play. They are not allowed to come. With all of this I want to tell you that I did not delete it. I NEVER remove the t-shirt selection. Don’t lie to the people. That the quarantine does not affect them, boys. Because even though at some point I may not have been, the 10 will always be mia.

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“For the public to know, the number 10 is Diego Armando Maradona”, resounded the voice of the stadium in the previous

that shock was part of the way towards the World cup in Mexico ’86, the first crossing of the history by a play-off between the argentine and Venezuela,

team that was local in the estadio Pueblo Nuevo in San Cristobal. The public responded coon a rousing ovation, while the 10 is moved to and fro before the match, with a white t shirt. The playing field was a chaos of people: many children disrupt the warming up of Maradona to ask for a picture: Diego agreed.


Diego Maradona published his account of instagram a video of his return to the argentina team after three years
Diego Maradona published his account of instagram a video of his return to the argentina team after three years Credit: Facebook/Maradona

That may 26, 1985, the team that drove Bilardo made his debut with a win by 3-2 and with a team formed by several players who played in the local football. The alignment that provided the trainer was with: Ubaldo Fillol; Néstor Clausen, Daniel Passarella, Enzo Trossero and Oscar Garré; Jorge Burruchaga, Miguel Angel Russo, Jose Daniel Ponce and Diego Maradona; Pedro Pablo Pasculli and Ricardo Gareca.

The summary of the party

The goals of the selected argentine became Maradona to the two minutes of the first half free kick; Passarella, the 40-minute free kick, and another time Diego to the 13 minutes of the second half and head. While Orlando Torres matched temporarily to Venezuela, and Herbert Marquez, head scored. Then, Argentina would end up classifying the World with a angustiente draw against Peru at the Monumental, in the last date. But that is another story.

The full text that accompanies the video

Today marks 35 years of this game of playoffs against Venezuela, in 1985. I had already played two friendlies before, against Paraguay and Chile, a few days before. But this was my first official match after the World cup 82. In those almost three years of absence, I had hepatitis, an ankle fracture, and the issues that we had “foreigners” to play in the selection. Previously there had dates FIFA, the clubs will hold the passport, and the federations were not compelled to assign to us. That was ANOTHER FOOTBALL. It was another world. When you get to Venezuela, a person I broke the knee of a kick, going into the hotel. That today could not happen. That’s why I say to the journalists, who today do a thousand comparisons, thousand to statistics, those who think that they discovered the soccer, I can’t compare it. Before was not like now. It was all different. The court, the ball, the boots, arbitration, training, food, medicine, journalism, the media, transportation, hotels, rest. Fair Play did not exist, you cagaban to kicks. And if you didn’t have the world cup, there was no paradise. Therefore, Bilardo put together a selection of local players during the first few years. There were No “europeans”. Passarella, Burru and Valdano not come to play. They are not allowed to come. With all of this I want to tell you that I did not delete it. I NEVER remove the t-shirt of the selection. Don’t lie to the people. That the quarantine does not affect them, boys. Because, although at some point I may not have been, the 10 will always be mine.

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