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Maradona: I fulfilled a dream
(Xinhua)
Updated: 2008-11-05 10:29

BUENOS AIRES -- Soccer legend Diego Maradona said that he had "fulfilled a dream" after officially taking over Argentina's national soccer team on Tuesday.

Argentine soccer great Diego Maradona laughs next to Argentina Football Association President Julio Grondona (R) at the Argentine squad's camp on the outskirts of Buenos Aires, November 4, 2008. [Agencies] 

"My dream is fulfilled, I feel anything but nervous. I've lots of sensations but I feel serene because I can do the job, serene because I have Carlos Bilardo (general manager of the team) alongside me and the support of Grondona.

"Today is a special day for Argentinian football," said Julio Grondona, Argentina's soccer boss.

Maradona's first game will be a friendly match against Scotland in Glasgow on November 19.

"I will give my best to make sure all the things go well. We will work every day for the national team to do better and better, " Maradona said during a press conference in Ezeiza

Maradona, 48, said that all the players "have open doors" to his team.

"I will give the opportunity to everyone, all of them will be welcomed," Maradona said.