World Cup 2014

World Cup Memories: In 1994 Diego Maradona's primal scream makes it into Diego Valeri's classroom

With six days left until the World Cup, this weekend is really the time to hit the grocery store and make sure you pick up all your World Cup party food.

At least some of us will be able to host parties this World Cup given the time zone. That wasn't the case for Portland Timbers star Diego Valeri back in 1994, when he was in school for his favorite moment during that US tournament:


My favorite game was the first game of Argentina in the World Cup in 1994 here in the USA. Because we had a great team with [Diego] Maradona and [Claudio] Caniggia. That first game with Greece, 4-0, Maradona scored. It was amazing.

Everybody was screaming and happy because Maradona is very important in Argentina. And with the score, 4-0, it was a great game. In Argentina every World Cup, the whole country is watching. We stop the classes, like a holiday.
 
I was eight years old and I was watching the game at school because in Argentina it was noon. We stopped the classes and we watched the game in the cafeteria. That was nice.
 
I modeled my game after [Argentine midfielder] Fernando Redondo. I always like quality players, technical players.
 
The next games [for Argentina in '94] were not good, not very good. The next game with Nigeria [a 2-1 win] I remember, but it was a little bit different. But then the national team didn’t do very well [in losing to Romania in their first knockout game].

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