A few days after it was reported that UEFA and Conambul (the football associations of Europe and South America) are considering holding a friendly match between Italy and Argentina, the new continental champions, the move seems to be taking shape and is in advanced stages.
According to a New York Times report, the two teams may meet in Naples for a game dedicated to the memory of Diego Maradona, who is so identified with these two teams. The Argentine who led his team to win the 1986 World Cup recorded the most beautiful chapter of his team career in the Italian Napoli uniform. The admiration for him in the boot country was so great that when the “Regions” hosted the “Albiceleste” in the 1990 World Cup semi-finals in Naples, many of the local fans encouraged Maradona and not their team.
Last weekend Italy were crowned European champions after a dramatic penalty shootout against England, while a few hours earlier Argentina had won the Copa America for the first time since 1993 after a 0-1 draw with Brazil in the final. The game of course will be for show only, but it will be a great closing circle to hold the meeting at the stadium named after Maradona after his tragic death in November 2020.
Something for the football romantics: Plans at an advanced stage for a one-off game between new European and South American champions: Italy-Argentina in Napoli to commemorate the life of Diego Armando Maradona pic.twitter.com/IJpWwo6P3H
– tariq panja (tariqpanja) July 13, 2021