Pope Francis is known for his love of football, and of course, being an Argentinean, he has never kept it a secret of which team he supports. So what did he tell the young 19-year old Brazilian girl who approached him wearing a Brazilian t-shirt and they both burst into laughter. The question he posed to her was “Pele or Maradona”.
Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona has decided to stand as a candidate for the FIFA presidency to replace Sepp Blatter, Uruguayan journalist and author Victor Hugo Morales has said.
Morales said Maradona had told him of his intention when he called the former coach of the Argentina national team to check on the condition of his sick father on June 21.
French football legend Zinedine Zidane will also attend the final of the UEFA European Under-17 Championship, which will take place in the Bulgarian city of Burgas on Friday.
This was officially confirmed by the director of the tournament Pavel Kolev, who clarified that Zidane will be visiting Bulgaria not in his capacity as an official, but as a father.
The President of UEFA Michel Platini will attend the final match and the award ceremony of the European Under-17 Championship, which are taking place in the Bulgarian city of Burgas on Friday.
The final, which will pit against each other the teams of France and Germany, will take place at the Lazur stadium in Burgas at 20:00 local time
The world football elite is expected to gather in Sofia on June 12 for the regular congress of FIFPro, the worldwide representative organisation for all professional football players.
Bulgarian football legend Hristo Stoichkov had been invited to attend the congress as VIP guest and confirmed his participation at the grand opening ceremony, which will be held at the Hilton hotel.