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Diego Maradona to join Gary Lineker for WC 2018 draw




  • Diego Maradona will be reunited with rival Gary Lineker for World Cup draw
  • Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal knocked out Lineker’s England in 1986 
  • FIFA invited a player from the eight World-Cup winning nations for the event
  • Lineker hosts the event while Gordon Banks will represent England for the draw

Ap Reporter

Diego Maradona will be reunited on stage with 2018 World Cup rival Gary Lineker at the draw in Moscow next week.

FIFA says Maradona will represent Argentina in the State Kremlin Palace, where all eight World Cup-winning nations will send a playing great to assist in the draw.

Maradona captained Argentina to the 1986 title, eliminating Lineker’s England in the quarterfinals with the help of his ‘Hand of God’ goal in Mexico City. 

Gary Lineker and Diego Maradona will share the stage during the World Cup draw next week

The pair have met several times before to discuss the Argentine’s controversial goal while Maradona still defends the act as ‘cunning’ on his part.

Maradona has also revealed that he would like another chance to manage Argentina after he criticised Jorge Sampaoli for taking away the nation’s ‘prestige’.

Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal knocked out England of the quarter finals in 1986

Maradona's infamous 'Hand of God' goal knocked out England of the quarter finals in 1986

Maradona’s infamous ‘Hand of God’ goal knocked out England of the quarter finals in 1986

Lineker will host the 32-nation ceremony on December 1 while England will be officially represented by Gordon Banks, goalkeeper on the 1966 team.

The other draw assistants are Laurent Blanc, Cafu, Fabio Cannavaro, Diego Forlan, Carles Puyol and Nikita Simonyan for host Russia.

Former Germany forward Miroslav Klose will bring the World Cup trophy on stage. 










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Author: Nancy Parker

Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.

Nancy Parker
Nancy Parker is a five time Emmy Award winning journalist and seven time Emmy nominee who has spent almost twenty five years covering news in South Louisiana. She has anchored every prime time newscast at WVUE FOX8 during her twenty year tenure in New Orleans.
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