BACKGROUND

The Iglesia Maradoniana, or the Church of Maradona, is a religion based in Argentina that worships the Argentinian football player Diego Maradona. The symbol for the church is D10S, which combines the Spanish word for Gods, Dios, and the shirt number of Maradona, 10. The church was founded on October 3rd 1998 by fans that claim Maradona as the greatest football player in history (Howland-Jackson 2008). While some define the Iglesia Maradoniana as a syncretism of Catholicism rather than a religion of it’s own, it has undeniable similarities to other mainstream faiths, such as it’s own set of commandments and prayers (Franklin 2008). According to the church:

“Football is the religion and, like all religions, has a God. The God of football is Argentine and his name is Diego Armando Maradona”

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Photo by AFP 1986 (http://news.ugo.co.ug/story-every-fifa-world-cup/)

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