By JOHN BOSCHINI
Diego Maradona is headed back to the dugout.
After a tumultuous reign as the manager of the Argentinian national team, the Argentine legend has accepted an offer to become the manager of UAE club Al Wasl. The Dubai-based club has been without a manager since firing Segio Farias in March and announced Maradona has signed a two-year deal beginning in September. The details of the contract were not disclosed
The move should peak interest not only Al Wasl, which sits fourth in the domestic league, but in the struggling league, which is in its fourth season. Under Maradona, Argentina advanced to the quarterfinals of the 2010 FIFA World Cup before bowing out with a 4-0 defeat to Germany. Al Wasl is also the current club of former Italy captain Fabio Cannavaro.
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What do you think of today's stories? Is managing Al Wasl a good move for Maradona? Should Busquets have received punishment? Think Grant deserved to be fired?
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