Diego Maradona | Film Review

Diego Armando Maradona, without question one of the greatest talents ever to walk on this planet. An artist with the ball at his feet, a natural born leader on the field and a larger than life character who reached the pinnacle of world sport before the lifestyle eventually caught up with him.

Diego was a victim of his own success and Asif Kapadia’s latest masterpiece strips back all the bullsh*t and brilliantly highlights the vulnerabilities of a man who took on the responsibility of supporting his family of 7 from the age of 15. Despite the hard exterior and the party life style, the image Maradona portrayed of himself was nothing more than a front. Deep down, Diego struggled to cope with the stardom that came with his incredible talent and despite having the world at his feet (literally) he was never able to find true happiness.

This brilliant documentary is certainly up there with the greatest sports film’s ever made. Put together expertly, Kapadia’s film features contributions from Diego himself, his ex-wife Claudia Villafane, former Napoli president Corrado Ferlaino, Diego’s immediate family members, his personal trainer and a host of others.

Diego Maradona at the Stadio San Paolo

Packed with poignant scenes, unseen footage and exclusive interviews this film perfectly captures the rise and fall of one the games biggest stars. Focussing mostly on his time in Naples we’re provided with unfiltered access to the most significant chapter of Diego’s illustrious career. The man the people of Naple’s referred to as a God brilliantly humanised and it certainly pulls at your heart strings.

Maradona’s life and career went full circle, a kid from the shanty town of Villa Fiorita went on to become the greatest footballer of his time but the higher you rise, the further the fall and Diego’s decline almost cost him his life. His ties with the Camorra are accurately exposed, further highlighting his troubled personal life and inability to resist temptation which subsequently caused his domestic relationships to suffer.

This film was everything I wanted it to be and more. It’s a must watch for any football fan, but even if football isn’t your thing the story is an incredible one and you’d no doubt enjoy this brilliant feature film.

10/10 – Masterpiece

Episode 61: Napoli 0-1 Arsenal | The Italian Job

Harry Symeou was joined by tactical expert Alan O’Brien and Mike Stavrou to review the win in Naples. With the Gunners having qualified for the Europa League semi finals and still in the hunt for a top four finish Alan also shares his thoughts on the boss’ tenure so far – from a neutral perspective.

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Episode 59: Ramsey and Torreira put Napoli to the sword | Arsenal 2-0 Napoli | Review

Harry Symeou reacts to the 2-0 win over Napoli in the first leg of our UEFA Europa League Quarter Final. We look at the selection, the tactics, the overall performance, share our player ratings and look ahead to Monday’s Premier League game versus Watford.

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Join us for a weekly discussion on all things Arsenal. We review the latest fixtures, look ahead to those coming up and cover the hot topics surrounding the club. This show is brought to you by www.loserpool.com and hosted by @HarrySymeou.

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