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Maradona's winning debut: 10 observations from Dorados de Sinaloa

Diego Maradona had cause for celebration after his Dorados de Sinaloa side got him off to a winning start over Cafetaleros de Tapachula.
Diego Maradona sat down with ESPN following his Dorados side's opening victory in Ascenso MX.

Editor's Note: This was originally published for ESPN Mexico. Read the original here.

CULIACAN, Mexico -- It was a golden night for Diego Armando Maradona at the Estadio Banorte de Culiacan. In the magical debut of the iconic No. 10 from Argentina as manager of the second-division Dorados de Culiacan, here are 10 behind-the-scene things from a memorable evening in Ascenso MX, as they thrashed Cafetaleros de Tapachula 4-1 on Monday.

1. Maradona's arrival in Sinaloa has triggered Netflix's interest...

Diego Maradona on goal celebrations: "If my heart explodes I hope it's on a pitch"

Diego Maradona sat down with ESPN following his Dorados side's opening victory in Ascenso MX.
Diego Maradona had cause for celebration after his Dorados de Sinaloa side got him off to a winning start over Cafetaleros de Tapachula.

Diego Maradona has defended his lively goal celebrations following his debut win in charge of Mexican side Dorados, saying if his heart was to explode he "hopes it explodes on a football pitch."

Maradona was treated by paramedics after watching Argentina beat Nigeria at the World Cup this summer and has suffered a number of health problems over the years. 

The 57-year-old was surprisingly unveiled as the new manager of the second-tier Mexican side last week, with his team beating Tapachula...

Diego Maradona guides Dorados to emphatic win over Tapachula

Diego Maradona had cause for celebration after his Dorados de Sinaloa side got him off to a winning start over Cafetaleros de Tapachula.
Diego Maradona admits drug taking almost consumed him during his Dorados presentation.
New Dorados head coach Diego Maradona insists he is at the club for the right reasons.

A hat trick from Vinicio Angulo helped get Diego Maradona's managerial career in Mexico off to the perfect start on Monday as his new club Dorados beat Tapachula 4-1 in Culiacan.

Ecuadorian striker Vinicio Angulo struck in the 59th and 61st minutes and although Argentine Sebastian Ibars got a goal back for the visitors two minutes later, Angulo converted a penalty with a quarter of an hour remaining to put them 3-1 up.

Alonso Escoboza added a fourth for the home side in the 85th minute to cap a...

Guillermo Ochoa: Not my fault Napoli move fell through

Napoli missed chance after chance against Fiorentina, but a late goal from Lorenzo Insigne secured three points for Carlo Ancelotti's side.

Mexico international Guillermo Ochoa insists his botched move to Napoli fell through over problems elsewhere, rather than his own qualities.

Standard Liege goalkeeper Ochoa, who impressed for Mexico at the World Cup, had been linked with a move to Napoli when their new signing Alex Meret broke an arm shortly after joining the club this summer. Ochoa, 33, had been one of the frontrunners for the role but David Ospina joined on loan from Arsenal instead. 

"We only have one more obstacle...

Mexico braces itself for Diego Maradona's Dorados coaching debut

Necaxa ending Cruz Azul's undefeated start to the 2018 Apertura on Saturday was the major story in Liga MX this past weekend, but Mexican soccer's big talking point over the last couple of weeks has been centered around Dorados de Sinaloa in Mexico's second division.

In case you've been hiding under a rock, Argentina legend Diego Maradona was named head coach of Ascenso MX side Dorados during the international break and will take his spot on the bench for his debut in Mexico on Monday evening as...