Hugo Hernán Maradona
(born May 9, 1969), also known as El Turco
, is an Argentine Association football
coach and former player. He played for clubs in South America, Europe, Japan, and Canada, and was a member of the Argentine U-16 national team.
Born in Lanús
, Hugo Maradona is the youngest one of two lesser known brothers of Diego Maradona
. Nevertheless, Hugo Maradona was able to accomplish celebrity on his own, becoming a well liked player in Japan and Italy as well as in his native Argentina.
In 1985, he was a part of the Argentina squad that competed at the U-16 World Championship
. In Argentina's first round match against Congo
, he scored two goals to help the team to a 4-2 win, which however was one goal short of what Argentina needed to advance past the group stage.
During 1987, Hugo Maradona was bought by Ascoli
to play in the Italian Serie A championship. He played just 13 matches without scoring a goal
, and was sold at the end of the season to Rayo Vallecano
in Spain. During 1989 he moved again to Rapid Vienna
, and after that experience he went back to Argentina. He played in the J. League
After retiring from association football as a player, Maradona lived a relatively quiet life in Argentina.
In 2004, Hugo Maradona moved part-time to Puerto Rico
, where he became part of that country's association football federation's attempt to invigorate the sport among Puerto Ricans by becoming the head coach of the Puerto Rico Islanders
, a team... Read More