Don't miss




French education: Reinventing the idea of school

Read more


Frogs legs and brains? The French food hard to stomach

Read more

#TECH 24

Station F: Putting Paris on the global tech map

Read more


Davos 2017: 'I believe in the power of entrepreneurs to change the world'

Read more

#THE 51%

Equality in the boardroom: French law requires large firms to have 40% women on boards

Read more


Men's fashion: Winter 2017/2018 collections shake up gender barriers

Read more


Turkish writer Aslı Erdoğan speaks out about her time behind bars

Read more


Video: Threat of economic crisis still looms in Zimbabwe

Read more


DAVOS 2017: Has the bubble burst?

Read more


Stagehand of God? Maradona's legendary goal inspires a play

Text by FRANCE 24 (with wires)

Latest update : 2014-04-17

One of the greatest moments in football history - Diego Maradona's "hand of God" goal against England in the quarter finals of the 1986 World Cup - is the inspiration for a new play in Buenos Aires.

The play -- "Cosmic Kite, Match of the Century" - takes its name from the Argentine radio commentary which accompanied the goal by broadcaster Victor Hugo Morales.

Maradona's famous solo effort, which saw him weave past six English defenders in a mesmerising dribble from the halfway line before scoring, is often ranked as the greatest World Cup goal of all time.

The goal ultimately secured a 2-1 victory for Argentina in a match also made famous for Maradona's opening "Hand of God" goal.

The emotionally charged win came four years after Britain's 1982 war with Argentina over the Falkland Islands, which Argentina calls the Malvinas.

The new play is a comedy which takes place in a Buenos Aires apartment as three fans gather to watch the game -- only for the wife of one of the fans to confess to having an affair with the two other supporters.

"The dictatorship was over, it was the start of democracy in Argentina," said actor Jorge Vigetti. "After losing the war of the Malvinas, the England game was seen as a rematch."

After beating the English, Argentina went on to lift the World Cup for the second time.

(France 24 with AFP)


Date created : 2014-04-17