FACT­file on...Ar­gen­tinian foot­ball

The Peterborough Evening Telegraph - - Uk&World Update -

AR­GENTINA have won the World Cup twice – once on home turf in 1978 and in Mex­ico in 1986.

This year’s Ar­gentina World Cup squad are man­aged by for­mer player Diego Maradona, who is known for his ‘Hand of God’ moment in the 1986 World Cup.

The ball went into the net off Maradona’s fist, but the ref­eree did not see and al­lowed the goal. Maradona said he was helped by the ‘hand of God’.

Foot­ball is the most pop­u­lar sport in Ar­gentina – with 3,377 clubs.

Foot­ball was in­tro­duced to Ar­gentina in the 19th cen­tury.

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