The Reading / Listening - Maradona - Level 3

Thousands of football fans paid their final respects to football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday. Huge crowds lined the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to catch a glimpse of the car carrying his body. The car was draped in the Argentina flag and a football shirt bearing his trademark number 10. Thousands more silently walked past his coffin as it was put on public display at the Presidential Palace. They were weeping, blowing kisses to their hero and praying. Maradona passed away on Wednesday, aged 60. He died of a heart attack. Argentina's government declared three days of national mourning for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess. He transcended football. He has my respect. I had to be here."



Diego Armando Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever to step onto a football pitch. Many consider him to be the best. He captained his national team when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. He scored the famous "Hand of God" goal against England in the quarter-finals. In that same game, he scored another goal that was voted as the greatest goal of the twentieth century. Maradona played for Barcelona in Spain and Napoli in Italy. Current Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will never leave us because Diego is eternal." Brazilian legend Pele, a constant rival to Maradona for the world's greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together in the sky" with Maradona.

Try the same news story at these easier levels:

    Maradona - Level 0 Maradona - Level 1   or  Maradona - Level 2

Sources
  • https://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-55060614
  • https://www.aljazeera.com/news/2020/11/26/the-greatest-thousands-of-argentinians-say-goodbye-to-maradona
  • https://www.batimes.com.ar/news/argentina/mourners-bid-final-farewell-to-maradona-at-the-casa-rosada.phtml


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Warm-ups

1. MARADONA: Students walk around the class and talk to other students about Maradona. Change partners often and share your findings.
2. CHAT: In pairs / groups, talk about these topics or words from the article. What will the article say about them? What can you say about these words and your life?
       football fans / respects / legend / Argentina / football shirt / number 10 / hero / pray /
       football pitch / captain / national team / World Cup / eternal / rival / accolade / sky
Have a chat about the topics you liked. Change topics and partners frequently.
3. FOOTBALL: Students A strongly believe football is a better word than soccer; Students B strongly believe soccer is better. Change partners again and talk about your conversations.
4. LEGENDS: Who are the biggest legends in these areas? Why? Complete this table with your partner(s). Change partners often and share what you wrote.

 

Who?

Why?

Sport

 

 

Movies

 

 

Games

 

 

Music

 

 

Environment

 

 

Business

 

 

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5. HERO: Spend one minute writing down all of the different words you associate with the word "hero". Share your words with your partner(s) and talk about them. Together, put the words into different categories.
6. SPORTS: Rank these with your partner. Put the best sports at the top. Change partners often and share your rankings.

  • Football
  • Tennis
  • Skiing
  • Formula 1
  • Golf
  • Basketball
  • Hockey
  • Cricket

 

Vocabulary

    Paragraph 1

      1. respect a. Something that is seem as a special ability or action of someone.
      2. legend b. A quick look at something.
      3. glimpse c. An extremely famous person.
      4. draped d. Went beyond the range or limits of something.
      5. trademark e. A feeling of deep admiration for someone or something because of their abilities and qualities.
      6. mourning f. Arranged cloth loosely or casually on something.
      7. transcended g. A time of deep sadness, remembrance and sorrow for someone who has died.

    Paragraph 2

      8. regarded h. A field on which games like football is played.
      9. pitch i. Lasting or existing forever.
      10. quarter-finals j. Someone competing with another person to be the winner or to be the best.
      11. century k. A match or round of a knock-out competition that has eight teams or players left.
      12. eternal l. Remaining the same over a period of time.
      13. constant m. A period of one hundred years.
      14. rival n. Thought of.

 

Before reading / listening

1. TRUE / FALSE: Read the headline. Guess if 1-8 below are true (T) or false (F).

  1. The article says hundreds of thousands of fans line the streets.     T / F
  2. The car carrying Maradona's body was draped in his number 10 shirt.     T / F
  3. Maradona's body was put on display at the national stadium.     T / F
  4. The government declared three days of mourning for Maradona.     T / F
  5. The article says Maradona was the best football player ever.     T / F
  6. Maradona scored a goal called the "Arm of God" goal.     T / F
  7. Maradona played football in Italy and Spain.     T / F
  8. The football legend Pele wants to play with Maradona in the sky.     T / F

2. SYNONYM MATCH: Match the following synonyms from the article.

  1. fans
  2. glimpse
  3. trademark
  4. weeping
  5. passed away
  6. regarded
  7. greatest
  8. eternal
  9. rival
  10. accolade
  1. best
  2. crying
  3. thought of
  4. challenger
  5. brief look
  6. everlasting
  7. characteristic
  8. died
  9. honour
  10. supporters

3. PHRASE MATCH: (Sometimes more than one choice is possible.)

  1. Thousands of football fans paid
  2. catch a
  3. The car was draped
  4. Argentina's government declared three days
  5. He transcended
  6. widely regarded as one of the
  7. football
  8. He captained his
  9. the twentieth
  10. play together in
  1. of national mourning
  2. in the Argentina flag
  3. century
  4. pitch
  5. glimpse of the car
  6. national team
  7. greatest players ever
  8. football
  9. the sky
  10. their final respects

Gap fill

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
draped
passed
paid
respect
trademark
mourning
crowds
blowing

Thousands of football fans (1) _____________________ their final respects to football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday. Huge (2) _____________________ lined the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to catch a glimpse of the car carrying his body. The car was (3) _____________________ in the Argentina flag and a football shirt bearing his (4) _____________________ number 10. Thousands more silently walked past his coffin as it was put on public display at the Presidential Palace. They were weeping, (5) _____________________ kisses to their hero and praying. Maradona (6) _____________________ away on Wednesday, aged 60. He died of a heart attack. Argentina's government declared three days of national (7) _____________________ for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess. He transcended football. He has my (8) _____________________. I had to be here."

Put these words into the spaces in the paragraph below.
pitch
century
rival
quarter
widely
sky
eternal
captained

Diego Armando Maradona is (9) _____________________ regarded as one of the greatest players ever to step onto a football (10) _____________________. Many consider him to be the best. He (11) _____________________ his national team when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. He scored the famous "Hand of God" goal against England in the (12) _____________________ -finals. In that same game, he scored another goal that was voted as the greatest goal of the twentieth (13) _____________________. Maradona played for Barcelona in Spain and Napoli in Italy. Current Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will never leave us because Diego is (14) _____________________." Brazilian legend Pele, a constant (15) _____________________ to Maradona for the world's greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together in the (16) _____________________" with Maradona.

Listening — Guess the answers. Listen to check.

1) Thousands of football fans paid their final respects ______
     a.  to football legend
     b.  to football region
     c.  to football ledge end
     d.  to football legendary
2)  Huge crowds lined the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to catch ______ the car
     a.  a glimpse off
     b.  a glimpse of
     c.  the glimpse off
     d.  the glimpse of
3) draped in the Argentina flag and a football shirt bearing his ______
     a.  trademarks number 10
     b.  trader mark number 10
     c.  traded mark number 10
     d.  trademark number 10
4)  Thousands more silently walked past his coffin as it was put ______
     a.  off public display
     b.  on public display
     c.  at public display
     d.  to public display
5)  represents Argentinianess. He transcended football. He ______
     a.  has my inspect
     b.  has my aspect
     c.  has my respect
     d.  has my specked

6)  regarded as one of the greatest players ever to step onto ______
     a.  a football pitch
     b.  a football patch
     c.  a football batch
     d.  a football pitcher
7)  He scored the famous "Hand of God" goal against England in ______
     a.  the third-finals
     b.  the half-finals
     c.  the quarter-finals
     d.  the eighth-finals
8)  another goal that was voted as the greatest goal of ______
     a.  the twentieth centurion
     b.  the twentieth cent jury
     c.  the twentieth century
     d.  the twentieth sent jury
9)  Maradona will never leave us because ______
     a.  Diego is eternally
     b.  Diego is eternal
     c.  Diego is eternalise
     d.  Diego is eternity
10) greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together ______
     a.  in a sky
     b.  in then sky
     c.  in them sky
     d.  in the sky

Listening — Listen and fill in the gaps

Thousands of football fans paid their (1) ____________________ football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday. (2) ____________________ the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to (3) ____________________ of the car carrying his body. The car was draped in the Argentina flag and a football shirt bearing his trademark number 10. Thousands more silently walked past his coffin as it was put (4) ____________________ at the Presidential Palace. They were weeping, (5) ____________________ their hero and praying. Maradona passed away on Wednesday, aged 60. He died of a heart attack. Argentina's government declared three days (6) ____________________ for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess. He transcended football. He has my respect. I had to be here."

Diego Armando Maradona (7) ____________________ as one of the greatest players ever to step onto (8) ____________________. Many consider him to be the best. He captained his national team when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. He (9) ____________________ "Hand of God" goal against England in the quarter-finals. In that same game, he scored another goal that was voted as the greatest goal of (10) ____________________. Maradona played for Barcelona in Spain and Napoli in Italy. Current Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will never leave us because Diego is eternal." Brazilian legend Pele, (11) ____________________ to Maradona for the world's greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together (12) ____________________ " with Maradona.

Comprehension questions

  1. What did thousands of fans line in Buenos Aires?
  2. What was the number on the shirt that draped Maradona's car?
  3. Where was Maradona's body put on display?
  4. What did fans blow?
  5. What did a fan say Maradona transcended?
  6. What do many people consider Maradona to be?
  7. When did Maradona captain his team to World Cup victory?
  8. Which Italian team did Maradona play for?
  9. Who said Maradona is eternal?
  10. Where does Pele hope to play with Maradona one day?




Multiple choice quiz

1) What did thousands of fans line in Buenos Aires?
a) mourning cards
b) the streets
c) a church
d) the national stadium
2) What was the number on the shirt that draped Maradona's car?
a) 7
b) 8
c) 9
d) 10
3) Where was Maradona's body put on display?
a) the Presidential Palace
b) the national stadium       
c) a museum
d) the national cathedral
4) What did fans blow?
a) glass
b) bubbles
c) kisses
d) chances
5) What did a fan say Maradona transcended?
a) life
b) football
c) legends
d) sport

6) What do many people consider Maradona to be?
a) the best header of a ball
b) the best captain
c) the best
d) the best right-footed player
7) When did Maradona captain his team to World Cup victory?
a) 1992
b) 1990
c) 1984
d) 1986
8) Which Italian team did Maradona play for?
a) Napoli
b) Roma
c) AC Milan
d) Juventus
9) Who said Maradona is eternal?
a) Lionel Messi
b) Cristiano Ronaldo
c) Zinedine Zidane
d) Megan Rapinoe
10) Where does Pele hope to play with Maradona one day?
a) in his dreams
b) in the sky
c) in a video game
d) in a movie

Role play

Role  A – Football
You think football is the greatest sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sport. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): tennis, basketball or skiing.

Role  B – Tennis
You think tennis is the greatest sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sport. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): football, basketball or skiing.

Role  C – Basketball
You think basketball is the greatest sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sport. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): tennis, football or skiing.

Role  D – Skiing
You think skiing is the greatest sport. Tell the others three reasons why. Tell them what is wrong with their sport. Also, tell the others which is the least interesting of these (and why): tennis, basketball or football.

After reading / listening

1. WORD SEARCH: Look in your dictionary / computer to find collocates, other meanings, information, synonyms … for the words...

'football'

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  • and 'legend'.

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  • • Share your findings with your partners.

    • Make questions using the words you found.

    • Ask your partner / group your questions.

    2. ARTICLE QUESTIONS: Look back at the article and write down some questions you would like to ask the class about the text.

    •Share your questions with other classmates / groups. •Ask your partner / group your questions.

    3. GAP FILL: In pairs / groups, compare your answers to this exercise. Check your answers. Talk about the words from the activity. Were they new, interesting, worth learning…?

    4. VOCABULARY: Circle any words you do not understand. In groups, pool unknown words and use dictionaries to find their meanings.

    5. TEST EACH OTHER: Look at the words below. With your partner, try to recall how they were used in the text:

    • paid
    • capital
    • catch
    • silently
    • passed
    • respect
    • widely
    • won
    • goal
    • leave
    • rival
    • sky




    Student survey

    Write five GOOD questions about this topic in the table. Do this in pairs. Each student must write the questions on his / her own paper. When you have finished, interview other students. Write down their answers.

    (Please look at page 12 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

    Discussion - Maradona

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    1. What did you think when you read the headline?
    2. What images are in your mind when you hear the word 'football'?
    3. What do you know about Maradona?
    4. Who are your country's greatest sporting heroes?
    5. Who is the greatest sportsman ever?
    6. Would you line the streets to pay your last respects to someone?
    7. Why is Maradona such a hero?
    8. What do you think of Argentina having three days of mourning?
    9. Why is football so popular around the world?
    10. Why do you think Maradona represents 'Argentinaness'?

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    1. Did you like reading this article? Why/not?
    2. What do you think of when you hear the word 'legend'?
    3. What do you think about what you read?
    4. What do you think of football?
    5. Who is the greatest sportswoman ever?
    6. What do you know about Maradona's goals?
    7. What three adjectives best describe this story?
    8. What advice do you have for children who want to play like Maradona?
    9. Should Argentina rename its national stadium to Maradona Stadium?
    10. What questions would you like to ask an expert on Maradona?

    Discussion — Write your own questions

    STUDENT A’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student B)

    (a) ________________

    (b) ________________

    (c) ________________

    (d) ________________

    (e) ________________

    STUDENT B’s QUESTIONS (Do not show these to student A)

    (f) ________________

    (g) ________________

    (h) ________________

    (i) ________________

    (j) ________________





    Language — Cloze (Gap-fill)

    Thousands of football fans (1) ____ their final respects to football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday. Huge crowds (2) ____ the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to catch a (3) ____ of the car carrying his body. The car was draped in the Argentina flag and a football shirt bearing his trademark number 10. Thousands more silently walked past his coffin as it was put (4) ____ public display at the Presidential Palace. They were weeping, blowing kisses to their hero and praying. Maradona (5) ____ away on Wednesday, aged 60. He died of a heart attack. Argentina's government declared three days of national mourning for him. One (6) ____ said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess. He transcended football. He has my respect. I had to be here."

    Diego Armando Maradona is (7) ____ regarded as one of the greatest players ever to step onto a football pitch. Many (8) ____ him to be the best. He captained his national team when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. He scored the famous "Hand of God" goal against England in the quarter-finals. In that same game, he scored another goal that was voted (9) ____ the greatest goal of the twentieth century. Maradona played for Barcelona in Spain and Napoli in Italy. (10) ____ Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will never leave us because Diego is eternal." Brazilian legend Pele, a constant (11) ____ to Maradona for the world's greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together (12) ____ the sky" with Maradona.

    Which of these words go in the above text?

    1. (a)     purchased     (b)     paid     (c)     spent     (d)     used    
    2. (a)     lint     (b)     aligned     (c)     linked     (d)     lined    
    3. (a)     glance     (b)     glimpse     (c)     glimmer     (d)     glamour    
    4. (a)     with     (b)     at     (c)     on     (d)     to    
    5. (a)     passed     (b)     past     (c)     parsed     (d)     paste    
    6. (a)     fan     (b)     ban     (c)     pan     (d)     tan    
    7. (a)     wider     (b)     width     (c)     widen     (d)     widely    
    8. (a)     consider     (b)     tier     (c)     applause     (d)     knowledge    
    9. (a)     was     (b)     as     (c)     is     (d)     has    
    10. (a)     Now     (b)     Nowadays     (c)     Current     (d)     Modern    
    11. (a)     libel     (b)     viral     (c)     rival     (d)     rebel    
    12. (a)     up     (b)     in     (c)     as     (d)     to

    Spelling

    Paragraph 1

    1. paid their final rpetssec
    2. football legdne Diego Maradona
    3. catch a giempls of the car carrying his body
    4. his rredkaatm number 10
    5. put on public ayildsp
    6. three days of national imngonur

    Paragraph 2

    1. widely drgrdeae as one of the greatest
    2. Many idecnosr him to be the best
    3. against England in the auertqr-finals
    4. the greatest goal of the twentieth cyeunrt
    5. Diego is telenra
    6. a constant lirav to Maradona

    Put the text back together

    (...)  past his coffin as it was put on public display at the Presidential Palace. They were weeping, blowing
    (...)  us because Diego is eternal." Brazilian legend Pele, a constant rival to Maradona for the world's
    (...)  in the Argentina flag and a football shirt bearing his trademark number 10. Thousands more silently walked
    (...)  crowds lined the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to catch a glimpse of the car carrying his body. The car was draped
    (...)  pitch. Many consider him to be the best. He captained his national team when Argentina won the 1986
    (...)  of a heart attack. Argentina's government declared three days of national mourning for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents
    1  ) Thousands of football fans paid their final respects to football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday. Huge
    (...)  greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together in the sky" with Maradona.
    (...)  kisses to their hero and praying. Maradona passed away on Wednesday, aged 60. He died
    (...)  Diego Armando Maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever to step onto a football
    (...)  another goal that was voted as the greatest goal of the twentieth century. Maradona played
    (...)  Argentinianess. He transcended football. He has my respect. I had to be here."
    (...)  for Barcelona in Spain and Napoli in Italy. Current Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona will never leave
    (...)  World Cup. He scored the famous "Hand of God" goal against England in the quarter-finals. In that same game, he scored

    Put the words in the right order

    1. fans   paid   Thousands   final   their   football   of   respects   .
    2. crowds   of   streets   lined   the   capital   .   the   Huge
    3. was   flag   .   the   draped   Argentina   in   The   car
    4. public   Palace   .   display   at   the   Put   on   Presidential
    5. of  Argentina's  days  national  three  declared  mourning .  government
    6. pitch   .   The   to   on   players   greatest   a   football   step
    7. God   goal   .   the   Hand   famous   scored   He   of
    8. greatest   the   goal   twentieth   century   .   Voted   the   of
    9. us   Diego   never   He'll   eternal   .   leave   because   is
    10. would   together   .   day   play   they   He   hoped   one

    Circle the correct word (20 pairs)

    Thousands of football fans paid / spent their final respects to football legend Diego Maradona on Thursday. Huge crowds aligned / lined the streets of the capital Buenos Aires to catch a glimpse / glance of the car carrying his body. The car was drooped / draped in the Argentina flag and a football shirt bearing / pandering his trademark number 10. Thousands more silence / silently walked past his coffin as it was put on / in public display at the Presidential Palace. They were weeping, blowing / puffing kisses to their hero and praying. Maradona passed away / out on Wednesday, aged 60. He died of a heart attack. Argentina's government declared three days of national mourning for him. One fan said: "Maradona represents Argentinianess. He transcended football. He has my inspect / respect. I had to be here."

    Diego Armando Maradona is widened / widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever to step / stage onto a football patch / pitch. Many consider him to be the best. He captained his national team when Argentina won the 1986 World Cup. He scored / scared the famous "Hand of God" goal against England in the quarter-finals. In that same game, he scored another goal that was voted / vetoed as the greatest goal of the twentieth century. Maradona played for Barcelona in Spain and Napoli in Italy. Currency / Current Barcelona captain Lionel Messi said: "Maradona is / will never leave us because / however Diego is eternal." Brazilian legend Pele, a constant rival at / to Maradona for the world's greatest ever player accolade, said he hoped to one day, "play together in a / the sky" with Maradona.

    Talk about the connection between each pair of words in italics, and why the correct word is correct.

    Insert the vowels (a, e, i, o, u)

    Th__s_nds  _f  f__tb_ll  f_ns  p__d  th__r  f_n_l  r_sp_cts  t_  f__tb_ll  l_g_nd  D__g_  M_r_d_n_  _n  Th_rsd_y.  H_g_  cr_wds  l_n_d  th_  str__ts  _f  th_  c_p_t_l  B__n_s  __r_s  t_  c_tch  _  gl_mps_  _f  th_  c_r  c_rry_ng  h_s  b_dy.  Th_  c_r  w_s  dr_p_d  _n  th_  _rg_nt_n_  fl_g  _nd  _  f__tb_ll  sh_rt  b__r_ng  h_s  tr_d_m_rk  n_mb_r  10.  Th__s_nds  m_r_  s_l_ntly  w_lk_d  p_st  h_s  c_ff_n  _s  _t  w_s  p_t  _n  p_bl_c  d_spl_y  _t  th_  pr_s_d_nt__l  p_l_c_.  Th_y  w_r_  w__p_ng,  bl_w_ng  k_ss_s  t_  th__r  h_r_  _nd  pr_y_ng.  M_r_d_n_  p_ss_d  _w_y  _n  W_dn_sd_y,  _g_d  60.  H_  d__d  _f  _  h__rt  _tt_ck.  _rg_nt_n_'s  g_v_rnm_nt  d_cl_r_d  thr__  d_ys  _f  n_t__n_l  m__rn_ng  f_r  h_m.  _n_  f_n  s__d:  "M_r_d_n_  r_pr_s_nts  _rg_nt_n__n_ss.  H_  tr_nsc_nd_d  f__tb_ll.  H_  h_s  my  r_sp_ct.  _  h_d  t_  b_  h_r_."

    D__g_  _rm_nd_  M_r_d_n_  _s  w_d_ly  r_g_rd_d  _s  _n_  _f  th_  gr__t_st  pl_y_rs  _v_r  t_  st_p  _nt_  _  f__tb_ll  p_tch.  M_ny  c_ns_d_r  h_m  t_  b_  th_  b_st.  H_  c_pt__n_d  h_s  n_t__n_l  t__m  wh_n  _rg_nt_n_  w_n  th_  1986  W_rld  C_p.  H_  sc_r_d  th_  f_m__s  "H_nd  _f  G_d"  g__l  _g__nst  _ngl_nd  _n  th_  q__rt_r-f_n_ls.  _n  th_t  s_m_  g_m_,  h_  sc_r_d  _n_th_r  g__l  th_t  w_s  v_t_d  _s  th_  gr__t_st  g__l  _f  th_  tw_nt__th  c_nt_ry.  M_r_d_n_  pl_y_d  f_r  B_rc_l_n_  _n  Sp__n  _nd  N_p_l_  _n  _t_ly.  C_rr_nt  B_rc_l_n_  c_pt__n  L__n_l  M_ss_  s__d:  "M_r_d_n_  w_ll  n_v_r  l__v_  _s  b_c__s_  D__g_  _s  _t_rn_l."  Br_z_l__n  l_g_nd  P_l_,  _  c_nst_nt  r_v_l  t_  M_r_d_n_  f_r  th_  w_rld's  gr__t_st  _v_r  pl_y_r  _cc_l_d_,  s__d  h_  h_p_d  t_  _n_  d_y,  "pl_y  t_g_th_r  _n  th_  sky"  w_th  M_r_d_n_.

    Punctuate the text and add capitals

    thousands of football fans paid their final respects to football legend diego maradona on thursday huge crowds lined the streets of the capital buenos aires to catch a glimpse of the car carrying his body the car was draped in the argentina flag and a football shirt bearing his trademark number 10 thousands more silently walked past his coffin as it was put on public display at the Presidential Palace they were weeping blowing kisses to their hero and praying maradona passed away on wednesday aged 60 he died of a heart attack argentinas government declared three days of national mourning for him one fan said maradona represents argentinianess he transcended football he has my respect i had to be here

    diego armando maradona is widely regarded as one of the greatest players ever to step onto a football pitch many consider him to be the best he captained his national team when argentina won the 1986 world cup he scored the famous hand of god goal against england in the quarterfinals in that same game he scored another goal that was voted as the greatest goal of the twentieth century maradona played for barcelona in spain and napoli in italy current barcelona captain lionel messi said maradona will never leave us because diego is eternal brazilian legend pele a constant rival to maradona for the worlds greatest ever player accolade said he hoped to one day play together in the sky with

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    ThousandsoffootballfanspaidtheirfinalrespectstofootballlegendDieg
    oMaradonaonThursday.HugecrowdslinedthestreetsofthecapitalBue
    nosAirestocatchaglimpseofthecarcarryinghisbody.Thecarwasdrape
    dintheArgentinaflagandafootballshirtbearinghistrademarknumber1
    0.Thousandsmoresilentlywalkedpasthiscoffinasitwasputonpublicdis
    playatthePresidentialPalace.Theywereweeping,blowingkissestothei
    rheroandpraying.MaradonapassedawayonWednesday,aged60.Hedi
    edofaheartattack.Argentina'sgovernmentdeclaredthreedaysofnatio
    nalmourningforhim.Onefansaid:"MaradonarepresentsArgentiniane
    ss.Hetranscendedfootball.Hehasmyrespect.Ihadtobehere."DiegoAr
    mandoMaradonaiswidelyregardedasoneofthegreatestplayerseverto
    stepontoafootballpitch.Manyconsiderhimtobethebest.Hecaptained
    hisnationalteamwhenArgentinawonthe1986WorldCup.Hescoredthe
    famous"HandofGod"goalagainstEnglandinthequarter-finals.Inthats
    amegame,hescoredanothergoalthatwasvotedasthegreatestgoaloft
    hetwentiethcentury.MaradonaplayedforBarcelonainSpainandNapoli
    inItaly.CurrentBarcelonacaptainLionelMessisaid:"Maradonawillnev
    erleaveusbecauseDiegoiseternal."BrazilianlegendPele,aconstantriv
    altoMaradonafortheworld'sgreatesteverplayeraccolade,saidhehope
    dtooneday,"playtogetherinthesky"withMaradona.

    Free writing

    Write about Maradona for 10 minutes. Comment on your partner’s paper.

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    Academic writing

    Maradona is the greatest player ever to play football. Discuss.

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    Homework

    1. VOCABULARY EXTENSION: Choose several of the words from the text. Use a dictionary or Google's search field (or another search engine) to build up more associations / collocations of each word.
    2. INTERNET: Search the Internet and find out more about this news story. Share what you discover with your partner(s) in the next lesson.
    3. MARADONA: Make a poster about Maradona. Show your work to your classmates in the next lesson. Did you all have similar things?
    4. FOOTBALL: Write a magazine article about making 'football' the proper name for the game and banning the word 'soccer'. Include imaginary interviews with people who are for and against this.
    Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Write down any new words and expressions you hear from your partner(s).
    5. WHAT HAPPENED NEXT? Write a newspaper article about the next stage in this news story. Read what you wrote to your classmates in the next lesson. Give each other feedback on your articles.
    6. LETTER: Write a letter to an expert on Maradona. Ask him/her three questions about him. Give him/her three of your opinions on Maradona. Read your letter to your partner(s) in your next lesson. Your partner(s) will answer your questions.

    Answers

    (Please look at page 26 of the PDF to see a photocopiable example of this activity.)

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