The Italian Almanac
Italian Sport / Television January 18th
Diego Maradona Jr, the Italian son of Argentine football legend Diego Armando Maradona, played a good debut game on Sunday with a lower-division side starring in a television reality show. Maradona, 18, convinced the followers of the show “Campioni” (Champions), but failed to make a difference as Cervia were held to a scoreless draw at Crespellano.
The young forward joined Cervia last week from Serie B leaders Genoa and was immediately fielded thanks to the vote of the public following the show. Cervia coach Francesco Graziani, a former international who won the World Cup with Italy in 1982, wanted to keep Maradona on the bench due to his mediocre form but had to abide by the rules of the show, where television viewers have a say in the team's line-up.