Diego Maradona puffs cigar at PSV Eindhoven vs AZ Alkmaar


  • Diego Maradona puffed a cigar as he attending PSV Eindhoven vs AZ Alkmaar
  • 1986 World Cup winner enjoyed a cigar as he absorbed entertaining encounter  
  • 56-year-old is on 20-day trip to Holland in managerial role with UAE club Fujairah
  • PSV won the game 3-2 to get off to the perfect start to the domestic season 

Ben Grounds For Mailonline

Diego Maradona was in the stands to watch PSV Eindhoven face AZ Alkmaar and the Argentina legend made his presence known as he joined in with the celebrations before smoking a cigar.

Maradona was mobbed by fans on arrival at the Philips Stadion on Saturday ahead of the opening game of the new Eredivisie season, bringing a feel-good factor to Eindhoven as the hosts ran out 3-2 winners.

The 56-year-old’s presence was a welcome sight after a summer of turmoil at PSV, following the shock Europa League exit to little-known Croatian outfit Osijek and departure of key player Davy Propper to Brighton for £10million.

Diego Maradona - now managing Fujairah - smokes a cigar as he watches PSV in action

Diego Maradona - now managing Fujairah - smokes a cigar as he watches PSV in action

Diego Maradona – now managing Fujairah – smokes a cigar as he watches PSV in action

The Argentina legend brought heavy security with him to Eindhoven for the football match

The Argentina legend brought heavy security with him to Eindhoven for the football match

The Argentina legend brought heavy security with him to Eindhoven for the football match

Maradona witnessed PSV Eindhoven defeat AZ Alkmaar 3-2 in the Eredivisie opening clash

Maradona witnessed PSV Eindhoven defeat AZ Alkmaar 3-2 in the Eredivisie opening clash

Maradona witnessed PSV Eindhoven defeat AZ Alkmaar 3-2 in the Eredivisie opening clash

Maradona is back in management with new UAE outfit Fujairah – five years after leaving Al Wasl – and he is in Holland as he takes his side for a 20-day training camp ahead of the new season.

The Argentina icon was welcomed into the Ronald Koeman Lounge and presented by Dutch legend Ruud Gullit with a PSV jersey with his name and No 10 on it. 

Phillip Cocu’s side started the campaign with three points, and Maradona appeared to enjoy the five-goal encounter as he puffed on a cigar during the contest. 

PSV were made to fight for their victory as goals from Hirving Lozano, Gaston Pereiro and Marco van Ginkel cancelled out Dabney Souza’s opener before Wout Weghorst’s late penalty set up a nervy finish. 

The 56-year-old wheels his jacket above his head enjoying his time at the Philips Stadion

The 56-year-old wheels his jacket above his head enjoying his time at the Philips Stadion

The 56-year-old wheels his jacket above his head enjoying his time at the Philips Stadion

Maradona is all smiles as he laps u[ the attention during some time off from managerial duty

Maradona is all smiles as he laps u[ the attention during some time off from managerial duty

Maradona is all smiles as he laps u[ the attention during some time off from managerial duty

The Argentine said after taking up his new challenge at Fujairah last month: ‘I have a great desire for this new challenge.

‘I’m looking forward to it. I’m ready. My [coaching] team have worked in an excellent way.

‘I will give all the players everything to go to the pitch and do their best to be competitive.

‘The focus of the team will be attacking, because that is where our strength lies. But that does not mean that we are bad in defence.’

There have been suggestions that his team will face Ajax in a friendly, but a fixture is yet to materialise, after admitting he would assess his squad over the first 10 days of the camp before making a decision.  

Marco van Ginkel scored what would prove to be the winner during an open five-goal contest

Marco van Ginkel scored what would prove to be the winner during an open five-goal contest

Marco van Ginkel scored what would prove to be the winner during an open five-goal contest

The result was just the tonic for Phillip Cocu after the club's surprise Europa League early exit

The result was just the tonic for Phillip Cocu after the club's surprise Europa League early exit

The result was just the tonic for Phillip Cocu after the club’s surprise Europa League early exit



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