Only a few know that one of the first coaches of the Argentine football star, “The hand of God”, Diego Maradona, was a Hungarian. Elemér Bánki worked with Maradona at the beginning of his career.
According to Blikk, Maradona, whose family was poor, could start to play in Argentinos, his first football club, with the help of one of his friends. Elemér Bánki worked there and started to train the kid whose quickness and dribbling skills were already remarkable. Diego won the cup with his first adolescent team and started to play in the adult team when he turned 15. Interestingly, he went out on the field in the shirt of the national team when he was only 16 and
played his first, friendly match with Hungary, like Lionel Messi.
Elemér Bánki wrote a lot of books in Argentina about football. He arrived there from Israel in 1959 because WWII ended his football career. He worked as a coach for a lot of clubs, including the youth team of Boca Juniors.
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In 1978, he was the interpreter of the Hungarian national team in Argentina during the football world cup. He said about the Argentinians that they are kind and happy.
Mr Bánki introduced the rule that a football player should always carry a ball to avoid idling.
Interestingly, Maradona played his last match also against Hungary in the Argentinos Juniors. Elemér Bánki was born in Budapest, in 1916, and died in Argentina, in 2003.
As we reported before, Diego Maradona died at the age of 60 on Wednesday, of a heart attack in his home in the Tigre district, on the northern outskirts of Buenos Aires, sources confirmed to Xinhua. Maradona had been transferred to a private neighbourhood on November 11, following emergency surgery on November 3 after he was diagnosed with a subdural haematoma, a pool of blood between a membrane and his brain. Maradona celebrated his 60th birthday on October 30.