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Maradona set for Dubai switch after agreeing Al Wasl deal

Diego Maradona is bound for Dubai to coach Al Wasl, according to the club.
Diego Maradona is bound for Dubai to coach Al Wasl, according to the club.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Diego Maradona will be the new coach of Dubai-based Al Wasl, the club say
  • Former Argentina coach has reportedly signed a two-year deal
  • Maradona was sacked as Argentina coach after they lost 4-0 to Germany at the World Cup

(CNN) -- Former Argentina coach Diego Maradona has agreed a two-year deal to manage Dubai-based Al Wasl, according to the club.

Maradona, who is widely acknowledged to be one of the finest players the game has ever seen, spent the weekend negotiating with club officials in the United Arab Emirates.

The 50-year-old, who led his native Argentina to the quarterfinals of the 2010 World Cup where they were beaten 4-0 by Germany, has signed a two-year contract and will be unveiled in June.

Maradona represented his country 91 times as a player, scoring 34 goals, and led Argentina to a World Cup triumph in 1986.

We are very pleased to be welcoming Maradona to a long line of accolades in the club's history
--Marwane Ben Bayatt, Al Wasl chairman
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His playing career lasted 21 years and he played in Spain for Barcelona, and for Napoli, in the Italian League.

''Al Wasl Sports Club is proud to announce the appointment of Diego Armando Maradona as head coach of Al Wasl Football Club, in a momentous development that will see the football legend lead the team for the next two seasons,'' a statement reported by AFP said.

The club's vice-chairman Marwane Ben Bayatt, who conducted discussions with Maradona, added: ''Al Wasl Sports Club has become synonymous with achievements of this caliber, and we are very pleased to be welcoming Maradona to a long line of accolades in the club's history.

''This partnership embodies the vision of the club as it embraces forward thinking developments in the region to establish unprecedented standards for the sport.''

Maradona was fired after Argentina's crushing defeat to Germany and has been linked with a number of jobs in England and Iran since.

Al Wasl currently sit fourth in UAE's domestic league and have been managerless since Brazilian Sergio Farias was fired in March. They were crowned Gulf Champions last year.