Diego Maradona fired as coach of Al Wasl

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Diego Maradona fired as coach of Al Wasl

Diego Maradona was fired as the coach of Al Wasl on Tuesday after a season in which the soccer club finished in eighth place in a 12-team league and even failed to win a second-tier competition.

The former Argentine great had one year left on his contract. The club’s board of directors met Tuesday and released a statement, saying it was “decided to terminate his services and his technical staff.” A successor was not announced.

Maradona was on vacation outside Dubai and could not be reached for comment.

Expectations were great when Maradona arrived in Dubai on a two-year deal in May 2011.

He was popular with fans and helped put United Arab Emirates soccer on the map, but his team did not qualify for next season’s Asian Champions League nor win any domestic titles.

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