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Maradona future unclear after defeat


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CAPE TOWN – Diego Maradona’s future as Argentina coach is unclear after the team’s devastating 4-0 loss to Germany in the World Cup quarter-finals.“I may leave tomorrow, but I’d like that these boys continue showing who they are and keep playing real Argentina football,” Maradona said, looking tired and heartbroken after the match in Cape Town.Asked to clarify his plans for the future, he said “I’ll have to think carefully about it . . . and talk with my family, and the players. There are many issues here.”Whatever happens, Maradona said that Argentina were on the right path and that “whoever comes after me” should continue their attacking style of play despite the collapse against Germany.“I’m as disappointed as all Argentines,” Maradona said. “To see my country lose a football match is very hard for someone who has worn the shirt.”Maradona was derided in Argentina before the tournament for leading the team by instinct and emotion rather than a tactical plan. He lashed out at his critics with a stream of profanities when Argentina defeated Uruguay, finally ending a draining struggle to qualify for the World Cup. (AP)

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