“Maradona ’86” ESPN 30 for 30, Soccer Documentary
April 23, 2014 § Leave a comment
The ESPN 30 for 30 Documentary Short about the Hillsborough disaster of 1989 is a must see, as well as, the one showing at the Tribeca Film Festival 2014, about soccer great, Diego Armando Maradona, entitled “Maradona ’86.”
“Maradona ’86,” directed by Sam Blair, illustrates the highs and the lows of one of history’s iconic soccer players. Fame saved Maradona from poverty, however, success was more dangerous than he bargained for. Of the four FIFA World tournaments that Maradona played in, he lead Argentina to their 1986 victory over West Germany.
In the quarterfinal round during that same tournament in 1986, he scored both goals in a 2–1 win over England. The first goal was a questionable and controversial, unpenalized handball known as the “Hand of God”, while the second goal followed a 60 meter run past five of the players on the English team, or “The Goal of the Century”. With the recent tension between the two nations from the 1982 Falklands War, this didn’t help their pre-existing rivalry.
Maradona’s career became even more controversial when he was suspended from participating in the sport for a period of time.
Saturday, April 26, 2014 at Tribeca Cinema Theater 1.
Article by Sharon Abella
One World Cinema