"There are times in life when everything is unfair... Diego Armando Maradona Junior did not hide his disappointment when he announced, on his Instagram account, his dismissal from FC Pompei. Son of Diego Maradona, the Italian-Argentine had been coaching the Italian fifth division club since June 2023.
"Thank you to my boys for their commitment and seriousness, thank you to my staff who have always accompanied me. Now all those people who never wanted me in Pompeii are happy. But they will never take away my dream of seeing these boys succeed," he wrote on social media.
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Before being sacked by the Pompeian management, Diego Maradona Junior had led the team to second place in his group in the Eccellenza Regionale (Italian D5), a semi-professional league. It was his second stint as a coach, after a two-year spell at Napoli United, also in the fifth division.
Born Diego Armando Sinagra in 1986 as a result of an extramarital affair between Diego Maradona and an Italian woman, Cristiana Sinagra, he was recognized as the son of Diego Maradona in 1993. It was later named after him. Like his father - who died in 2020 - he followed a football career, but did not enjoy the same success. The Neapolitan-born has never played in a division higher than Serie D, Italy's fourth division. He then switched to beach soccer, where he won 15 caps for Italy, including scoring in a World Cup final loss to Brazil.