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Diego Maradona Examines Soccer’s Most Celebrated and Polarizing Figure

HBO has acquired the exclusive U.S. television and streaming rights to the highly anticipated feature-length film Diego Maradona, executive produced and directed by Asif Kapadia (the Oscar®-winning “Amy”). Drawing on more than 500 hours of never-before-seen footage from the Argentine icon’s personal archives, the documentary charts the trials and triumphs of the legendary footballer. The film debuts October 1 at 9 PM ET/PT on HBO.

“Diego Maradona has long been considered the greatest footballer ever, and Asif Kapadia’s filmmaking perfectly captures every high and low of his transcendent career, from his controversial ‘Hand of God’ goal to his awakening of Napoli, and more,” said Peter Nelson, executive vice president, HBO Sports. “We look forward to sharing this landmark documentary with both soccer and non-soccer fans alike.”

“My producers and I are delighted to be working with HBO on the release of Diego Maradona in North America,” says Kapadia. “HBO stands for quality, and as long-term fans, we know we’re in great hands. Having spent three intense years working with my brilliant team of collaborators on the most complex charismatic character, Diego Maradona, I’m excited to see how the North American audience reacts. I hope this is the beginning of a long journey together with HBO and Diego.”

Diego Maradona spotlights the life of the legendary footballer, who enthralled onlookers across the globe, inspired a generation of Neapolitans and incited controversy. In addition to Maradona’s video archives and personal photos, Kapadia utilizes decades-old news footage and interviews with historians and journalists for this definitive documentary portrait.

Maradona arrived in Naples on July 5, 1984, for a world-record fee. The world’s most celebrated football icon, and the most passionate -- but dangerous -- city in Europe were a perfect match for each other. For seven years, all hell broke loose. On the pitch, Maradona was a genius. Off the pitch, he was treated like a god. The charismatic Argentine loved a fight against the odds and led Napoli to its first league title.

But there was a price. Maradona could do as he pleased while performing miracles on the field, but as time passed, darker days closed in. This the story of his life, the wild and unforgettable story of an unrivalled talent. He was a rebel, cheat, hero and god. Diego Maradona is a tale of glory, despair and betrayal, of corruption and, ultimately, of redemption.

Diego Maradona is an HBO Sports presentation in association with On The Corner and Lorton Entertainment. Peter Nelson and Bill Simmons serve as executive producers.