Netflix Series Maradona in Mexico shows off the legend’s managerial flair in a team that is failing and how he managed to turn their fortunes around.
Netflix Series Maradona in Mexico Season 1 will be released on the platform on November 12, 2019.
I know what you are thinking — Maradona in Mexico? In Culiacán? The heart of the Sinaloa Cartel? Surely Maradona did not take a management position at their local team Dorados?
Yes, my words are predictable and harsh. Yes, I know he is an absolute football legend, but there’s no denying there’s a link there between his cocaine addiction and where he is managing football. His post-playing career has seen him spiral somewhat and many people taking advantage of him. The Netflix series doesn’t shy away from the fact that many sports commentators questioned his career move, especially after his over-jubilant support that led him to collapse at the World Cup 2018.
Maradona in Mexico is a mix of the legend attempting to revive a failing football team while also putting himself firmly in the spotlight. The ramifications of a man like Maradona taking the reigns of a football team like Dorados feels unprecedented, especially when legends seem to easily manage the top teams straight from their playing career these days. Maybe that was his ploy all along — to ignite his management career from the very bottom.
The opening episode presents the buzz, scepticism and challenges surrounding the football team. Maradona already knows his reputation will inspire and create a morale boost like never before. We get to see how players instantly warm to him, his passion, but also his temper.
But Maradona in Mexico makes a respectful reminder that this is the footballer that is deemed to be the world’s best by many, and adored by his country.
If anything, Maradona in Mexico highlights how the football brain never really goes away, supporting how his managerial career may be far from over yet. And even though he is in the papers for other reasons than football, his influence, his legacy and his presence still have positive reverberations today.