Hugo Maradona

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Hugo Maradona
Hugo Maradona in 1987
Personal information
Full name Hugo Hernán Maradona
Date of birth (1969-05-09)9 May 1969
Place of birth Lanús, Argentina
Date of death 28 December 2021(2021-12-28) (aged 52)
Place of death Monte di Procida, Italy
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1985–1987 Argentinos Juniors 19 (1)
1987–1988 Ascoli 13 (0)
1988–1990 Rayo Vallecano 28 (3)
1990 Rapid Wien 3 (0)
1990 Deportivo Italia 33 (5)
1991 Progreso
1992–1994 PJM Futures 49 (31)
1995–1996 Avispa Fukuoka 48 (33)
1997–1998 Consadole Sapporo 56 (15)
1999 Toronto Italia
International career
1985 Argentina U16 11 (4)
Managerial career
2004–2005 Puerto Rico Islanders
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Hugo Hernán Maradona (9 May 1969 – 28 December 2021), also known as El Turco, was an Argentine football player and coach. He was the younger brother of Diego Maradona.[1] He played as a midfielder for clubs in South America, Europe, Japan, and Canada, and was a member of the Argentina U-16 national team.


In 1985, Maradona was a part of the Argentina U-16 national team's squad that competed at the U16 South American and World Championships in China. In Argentina's first round match against Congo, he scored two goals to help the team to a 4–2 win, which however was one goal short of what Argentina needed to advance past the group stage.

During 1987, Hugo Maradona was bought by Ascoli to play in the Italian Serie A championship. He played just 13 matches without scoring a goal and was sold at the end of the season to Rayo Vallecano in Spain. During 1989 he moved again, that time to Rapid Wien, and after that experience he went back to Argentina.

In 1992, he moved to Japan to play for the PJM Futures (renamed as Tosu Futures after changing their hometown in 1994), which was aiming to promote to the newly-inaugurated J.League. After playing for Futures for three seasons, he played for Fukuoka Blux (known as Avispa Fukuoka since 1996) in the 1995 and 1996 seasons and Hokkaido Consadole Sapporo in the 1997 and 1998 seasons.

After retiring from association football as a player, Maradona lived a relatively quiet life in Argentina.[2]

In 2004, Hugo Maradona moved part-time to Puerto Rico, where he became part of that country's association football federation's attempt to invigorate the sport among Puerto Ricans by becoming the head coach of the Puerto Rico Islanders, a team in the American USL First Division.[citation needed] He then moved back to Italy, working for a number of youth and amateur teams in the Naples region.

Personal life and death[edit]

Maradona was born in Lanús on 9 May 1969, as the youngest sibling of brothers Diego Maradona and Raúl Maradona, both noted footballers in their own right. His father Diego Maradona "Chitoro" (1927–2015), who worked at a chemicals factory, was of Guaraní[3] (Indigenous) and Galician[4] (Spanish) descent, and his mother Dalma Salvadora Franco, "Doña Tota" (1930–2011), was of Italian descent.[3]

He died from a heart attack at his home in Monte di Procida, near Naples, on 28 December 2021, at the age of 52.[5][6][7][8] He has 3 kids with ex-wife, Delia Occhionero. Fraternal twins, Nicole and Thiago Maradona, and Melina Maradona.


  1. ^ Paul Doyle (11 July 2012). "The Knowledge | Does Diego Maradona have a more famous brother? | Football |". London: Guardian. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  2. ^ "Hugo Maradona, brother of Argentina's favorite son, keeps eye on". Archived from the original on 28 July 2014. Retrieved 11 July 2012.
  3. ^ a b Welch, Julie (25 November 2020). "Diego Maradona obituary". The Guardian. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  4. ^ "El gallego Maradona". Faro de Vigo. 26 November 2020. Retrieved 29 December 2021.
  5. ^ "Morto Hugo Maradona, fratello di Diego. Aveva 52 anni". La Gazzetta dello Sport. 28 December 2021. Retrieved 28 December 2021.
  6. ^ "Hugo Maradona, younger brother of Diego, dies at 52". AP News. 28 December 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  7. ^ "Soccer-Hugo Maradona dies a year after his brother Diego". Reuters. 28 December 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.
  8. ^ "Diego Maradona's brother Hugo dies at 52". Deutsche Welle. 28 December 2021. Retrieved 2 January 2022.

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