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Similar to many other religions, the Iglesia Maradoniana also has a set of commandments, including, ‘love football over all things’, ‘defend the colours of Argentina’ and ‘do not proclaim the name of Diego in the name of a single club’. Furthermore, the church has created a chant that is repeated at all ceremonies and worship services (Franklin 2008). The Iglesia Maradoniana meets twice a year, once to celebrate the birth of Maradona on Maradona Christmas, and another for Maradona Easter, the date that the Argentinian team beat England in the 1986 World Cup quarter-finals with the goal from Maradona known as the infamous ‘Hand of God’ (Bilbija 1995, p. 1). 

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