BUENOS AIRES -- In a press conference given last Friday, Diego Maradona said he'd "give his life to have another shot at being coach of Argentina" but that those things "aren't decided by a group or a comittee, only by one man called Julio Humberto Grondona".
· I remember Julio (Grondona) told us [after the elimination] that we'd had a good World Cup, that we were going to stay in charge and that we still had Copa América ahead.
· When I met with Grondona, he told me my group wasn't good enough for the National Team. But I had a World Champion like Héctor Enrique and a continental champion like (Alejandro) Mancuso. And Grondona told me about Mancuso, about my doctor, that he also had problems with the helper, who'd been there since 2006. (...) I'm surprised it took him 4 years to realize he had a problem with him.
· I know I've got chances of going back, but if I was told my group wasn't good enough, in the one that's there now, even if there're two world champions like Checho Batista and Tata Brown, there are others who have never played football.
· It's not my fault if everybody knows me, and Batista and Brown cross over to Uruguay and nobody knows who they are.
· Grondona asked me if I had any problem with (Carlos) Bilardo being the head of national teams, and I had no problem at all, but Batista and Brown had told me that they'd go anywhere with me but not with Bilardo. The idea was for them to be part of my group. I answered that I already had a commitment.
· I would've liked that other playes had done what Tevez did in Ireland. Players feel things different these days. After talking with Grondona, Tevez calmed down. What did he convince him of? In any case, I have a special relationship with Carlos.
· When Julio (Grondona) was talking in the dressing rooms, you could hear Lio (Messi) crying. That's something I will never forget.
· The relationships between everyone in the team in Pretoria were great. If I didn't put (Juan Sebastián) Verón in was because Maxi Rodríguez could offer me more forward attacks. I was thinking of putting Verón in the last 30 minutes, to hold the ball. La Bruja, for everything he means, is very important to the group.
· I'll always be thankful to Verón. He was a true gentleman, a professional, but he wasn't ready to play 90 minutes.
· Messi didn't have the luck I had in '86. He played an amazing World Cup. Next to Iniesta, he was the best.
· It's not true. I had no offers. (About the rumours of him becoming coach of Portugal, México, Nápoli and Aston Villa.)
· Argentina is my team, it's very deep inside me, I'd die to be in the NT. It's impossible I'll ever get over this. I was mourning for a long time because I had great hopes for this team.
· We were supposed to play that final against Spain, that was our goal. We were thinking beyond Germany. This team didn't deserve going out like it did.
· I'm waiting for that call. I want to put back on my jacket of the NT. I'm desperate, I'd give up my arm for it.