Diego Maradona goes from managing in the UAE to chairman of Belarus club

Maradona Maradona stepped down as coach of UAE second division club Al-Fujairah last month. (AFP)
Updated 16 May 2018
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Diego Maradona goes from managing in the UAE to chairman of Belarus club

  • World Cup winner signs three-year contract to serve as chairman
  • Dinamo Brest sit eighth in the 16-team Premier Division.

MINSK: Diego Maradona is coming to Belarus as chairman of a small top-flight club with big European ambitions.
The Argentine legend posted a photo on Instagram late Tuesday of what Dinamo Brest said was a three-year contract to serve as chairman of the board.
“Thanks for the trust and for thinking of me,” Maradona wrote in his post.
Dinamo Brest also posted pictures of the 1986 World Cup winner holding up a green and red Belarusian flag while wearing a matching black T-shirt and shorts.
Maradona stepped down as coach of UAE second division club Al-Fujairah last month after failing to secure their promotion.
Dinamo Brest were acquired by new owners three years ago who are intent on breaking the historic dominance of the country’s two big sides: Dinamo Minsk and BATE Borisov.
The 57-year-old will be in charge of the team’s transfer policy and strategic development.
“Will Maradona be able to help Belarusian — particularly Brest — football? I think the answer is obvious,” said club spokeswoman Olga Khizhinkova.
She also insisted that the global star intended to spend most of his time in the small city on Belarus’s southwest border with Poland.
“We are already looking for a place for him to live,” Khizhinkova said.
“We expect that if not the whole time, he is going to spend a substantial portion of his time in Brest.”
Dinamo currently sit eighth in the 16-team Premier Division.
The club were formed in 1960 and spent their first 32 years in the Soviet Union’s second and third divisions.
Dinamo were automatically promoted to top-flight Belarusian football when the Soviet Union collapsed in 1991.
They finished third in the inaugural Belarusian season but have never qualified for Europe.
The team’s new owners have told Belarusian media that they intended to acquire new talent and invest significant resources in the club this year.
Khizhinkova said Maradona will come to Brest after completing a Russia World Cup assignment for Venezuelan television.


England’s Oliver Fisher cards first 59 in European Tour history

Updated 21 September 2018
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England’s Oliver Fisher cards first 59 in European Tour history

  • The 30-year-old tapped in for par on the final hole to complete an astonishing 12-under-par round featuring 10 birdies and an eagle
  • Fisher, who was regarded as a possible future star as a teenage amateur, is ranked down at 287 in the world and had missed 11 cuts in his 22 previous events

VILAMOURA: Unheralded Englishman Oliver Fisher fired the first round of 59 in the European Tour’s 46-year history on a remarkable second day of the Portugal Masters on Friday.
The 30-year-old tapped in for par on the final hole to complete an astonishing 12-under-par round featuring 10 birdies and an eagle, after his long birdie putt for a 58 grazed the edge of the hole.
“It feels great, I started great and I kept it going,” Fisher said. “Just pleased I two-putted from 40 feet on the final green.”
Fisher, who was regarded as a possible future star as a teenage amateur, is ranked down at 287 in the world and had missed 11 cuts in his 22 previous events this season.
He also had to battle to save his tour card at the same tournament two years ago, but scaled heights that thousands of players had failed to reach before with his efforts on Friday.
“Two years ago I was on the same green just trying to keep my card, so I was keeping that in the back of my mind and trying to remember that it could be worse,” he added.
Fisher’s round gave him the clubhouse lead on 12-under for the tournament, with the majority of players still on the course.
Two other men had come close to the magical number at the Portugal Masters, with Scott Jamieson and Nicolas Colsaerts both missing putts to break 60 in 2013 and 2014 respectively.