86: What Happened Next for the winners?

The 1986 champions are often derided as Diego Maradona plus 10 others, but proud Argentine Martin Mazur brings you right up to date...

Goalkeeper: Nery Pumpido

A year after winning the World Cup, he almost lost a finger when his wedding ring got stuck in a goal-frame fixing during training. Successfuly repaired, he then broke a leg during Argentina's second game in Italy 1990. As a manager, he won the Copa Libertadores with Paraguay'™s Olimpia in 2002, and became sporting director of Union in 2012.

Sweeper: Jose Luis Brown

Always defined as "˜on-pitch manager" by Carlos Bilardo, who appointed him as his assistant at Boca Juniors in 1996. Currently manages the Argentina'™s U17 team. After his side'™s elimination in the 2009 World Cup, he said "I'd happily dig a pit and bury myself here."

Defender: Jose Luis Cuciuffo

After retiring in 1994, the utility player opened a bar and founded a football school that taught Japanese kids. A big hunting fan, he died in December 2004 at the age of 43, accidentally shot by one of the rifles he was carrying.

Defender: Oscar Ruggeri

An Albiceleste icon, he amassed a record 97 caps, helping Argentina win two Copa Americas and playing at Italia 90 and USA 94. Also South America'™s 1991 Football of the Year. Unemployed as a manager since 2006, he was wanted by Maradona as assistant coach, but FA president Julio Grondona declined.

Midfielder: Ricardo Giusti

The holding player turned inside out by John Barnes in the latter stages of the quarter-final was a key player at Italia 90. Now an agent, in December 2000, he was involved in a car accident with a tractor. He survived, but his wife died.

Midfielder: Sergio Batista

The bearded short-pass master who inspired the likes of Fernando Redondo developed a cocaine problem in the 1990s. Fully recovered, he became Argentina'™s U20 manager, and guided the team to Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008. After Argentina's poor World Cup in 2010 under Diego Maradona, Batista landed the job full-time before stepping down after bad results in the Copa America. Now manages Shanghai Greenland in China. 

Midfielder: Hector Enrique

After a busy 1986 winning the Copa Libertadores and Intercontinental Cup (both with River Plate) to go with the World Cup, the right-winger moved to Lanus, then played in the J-League. Hired by Maradona as Argentina'™s, er, goalkeeping coach, and now assists at Al-Wasl in the UAE. 

Midfielder: Julio Olarticoechea

Earnt a move to Nantes on the back of his World Cup performances, but returned to Argentina after just one season. Performed well at Italia 90. Became assistant manager of the U17 team.

Midfielder: Jorge Burruchaga 

The scorer of the winner in the final was involved in a match-fixing scandal at Valenciennes, in France, and was suspended for 18 months in 1994. Has shown a far more defensive approach as a coach than he did as a player and has had moderate success with small clubs. Now of Atletico de Rafaela in Argentina's top flight. 

Striker: Jorge Valdano

Kept reading books, as he did during that World Cup in Mexico. After retiring from football he settled in Spain, where he became a successful manager, first at Tenerife, then at Real Madrid. Articulate and intelligent, he took over as Real Madrid sports director and shaped the Galactico era for Florentino Perez. 

Striker: Diego Maradona

Where have you all been hiding for the last 25 years? Guided Napoli to another league title, post World Cup, and Argentina to another World Cup final. Then came problems with drugs (recreational and performance-enhancing), controversy and an unlikely return to Argentina colours as manager. It didn't end well, and they exited the 2010 World Cup at the quarter-finals. 

(Back, l-r) Batista, Cuciuffo, Garre, Pumpido, Brown, Ruggeri, Maradona (Front, l-r) Burruchaga, Giusti, Enrique, Valdano

Substitute: Nestor Clausen

The right-back had a successful career in Switzerland but failed to impress back in Argentina. A largely unsuccessful managerial career has thus far taken in Bolivia, Switzerland, Oman, Kuwait and Ghana.

Substitute: Pedro Pasculli

The only out-and-out striker in the squad, who scored a vital goal against Uruguay, settled in Italy, becoming a legend at Lecce. Coached the Ugandan national team and in Albania before being appointed as manager of the Italian beach soccer national team. Currently of Cittanova in Italy's fourth division. 

Manager: Carlos Bilardo

Still angry for conceding two goals from corners in the 1986 final, El Narigon ('˜Big Nose'™) failed at Sevilla, Boca Juniors and Estudiantes, but dismissed his critics by saying: "œI only discuss with Beckenbauer." Briefly coached Libya before trying to run for the Argentine presidency. Now Argentina'™s national team director.


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