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Is Maradona's move to Dynamo Brest a PR stunt?

Diego Maradona signing his contract as the chairman of Dynamo Brest. (Photo: Dynamo Brest)
by Juri Mikhalevich, AIPS Young Reporter, Belarus

BREST, May 17, 2018 - Dynamo Brest is the Belarusian version of the Premier Leagueís Manchester City and Ligue Unís PSG. Moneybags came into the club two years ago and have since kept themselves out of the public sphere so itís hard to imagine how much they are willing to spend.

The owner wants the club to perform on the continental stage and ultimately break BATE Borisovís dominance at the top of Belarusian club football. For instance, Dynamo beating BATE in the Belarusian Super Cup in March meant success, but they suffered a league defeat against the league leaders a month later. Both teams will go head to head yet again on Saturday in the Belarusian Cup final.

Soon the head coach of "Dynamo" Radoslav Latal was sacked. The club began search for a new coach. Then suddenly, Italian media published speculations about negotiations between Dynamo Brest and Diego Armando Maradona.

This seemed like a surprise to even the media department of Dynamo. Possibly they learnt about it from foreign media. The Public Relations manager had even joked about it when journalists asked for official comments saying: "We would not mind seeing Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi in our lineup too". The club is now looking for a house in Brest for Maradona and has declared that he will join Dynamo after the World Cup in Russia. The exact date is not specified.

Now we know that the contract between Diego Maradona and the "Dynamo" was signed for three years term. Maradona will start to work as the chairman of the club, but he does not exclude that he will eventually coach Dynamo. In addition, Maradona now owns 20 percent of the shares of club from Brest.

Fans and experts in Belarus are sceptical about Maradonaís arrival. Here (in Belarus), we have respect for his successes as a football player, but do not understand what he can give to the "Dynamo" in an administrative sense. He is not familiar with Belarusian football, he does not speak Russian and he has never worked as a chairman of a club. That's why we think that Maradona in Dynamo is a PR campaign. We are waiting for what will happen next.

Last month, Maradona left his position as coach of Al Fujairah after failing to help the club gain automatic promotion from the United Arab Emirates' second division.

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