Diego Maradona was in Tunisia at the weekend, where he “had a very emotional reunion” with Ali Bennaceur – the referee who took charge of Argentina’s infamous World Cup quarter-final meeting with England at Mexico 1986. “I had bought him an Argentina shirt, with my dedication ‘for Ali, my friend eternal’,” said Diego. The Tunisian official returned the favour by gifting Maradona a picture from that game in which Maradona punched the ball past England’s goalkeeper Peter Shilton and give Argentina the lead.
Athletic Bilbao won a first trophy in 31 years as a 1-1 draw with Barcelona at the Nou Camp secured the Spanish Super Cup with a 5-1 aggregate victory. Bilbao won the first leg 4-0 but Barcelona threatened a comeback with Lionel Messi’s close-range finish. Barca defender Gerard Pique was sent-off after the break and Aritz Aduriz struck late on to seal it for Bilbao. The visitors had Kike Sola sent-off late on, but the celebrations for Bilbao had already begun. It was ultimately a disappointing display for Barcelona who, despite plenty of possession, failed to threaten often enough.
Watford have signed former Italy midfielder Alessandro Diamanti on a season-long loan from Chinese side Guangzhou Evergrande. The 32-year-old, who played in the Premier League for West Ham in 2009-10, spent the second half of last season on loan at Serie A side Fiorentina. Diamanti has won 17 international caps and was part of the Italy squad that finished as runners-up at Euro 2012. He becomes Watford’s 12th signing of the summer.