Diego Maradona revives coaching career with Argentine Gymnasium and Eskrim Club



World Cup winner Diego Maradona has signed an agreement with Argentine side Gimnasia y Esgrima, returning to the coach for the first time since 2010.

"The star of world football, Diego Armando Maradona, has signed his name and is the new coach of Gimnasia," the club said in a brief statement on Thursday. "The agreement lasts until the end of the current period."

Maradona, who was an unstable and shining striker and widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time, recently coached in Mexico, where he led the sophomore side of Sinaloa's Dorados to two unsuccessful playoff appearances.

His new team, from the city of La Plata just outside Buenos Aires, was formed in 1887 and claims to be the oldest professional football club in America.

Known as El Lobo or The Wolf, they won only one professional title, the Copa Centenario, in 1993.

Today they sit at the bottom of the first division table, with one point out of five races.

"Finally, it's official," Maradona wrote on Instagram. "I'm so happy to be the new coach of @ gimnasia_oficial."

"I would like to thank President Gabriel Pellegrino for this opportunity and say to all fans that we will work with our hearts and souls for Wolf."

Maradona's return is eagerly awaited and ambitious fans will be at the club on Thursday to welcome him.

It marks a return to work for the first time in nearly a decade, following a national alarm period between 2008 and 2010. He also had orders as a coach at Mandiyu and Racing in the 1990s.

The 58-year-old won the World Cup as a player with Argentina in 1986, but has had frequent hospital treatment in recent years, often due to his excessive lifestyle.

Maradona was hospitalized in 2004 with serious heart and respiratory problems associated with cocaine use. He later underwent drug rehabilitation in Cuba and Argentina before his stomach-stitch operation in 2005 helped him lose weight.

He resigned from Dorados in June, citing the need for operations on his knee and shoulder.