“Roger Federer is a legend, like Zidane or Maradona”

The cross : Have we just said goodbye to the greatest tennis player in history?

Philippe Tetart : No one being comparable to another in absolute terms, the idea of ​​wanting to crown someone at all costs in qualities that would allow him to be above others in his time and in history still holds journalistic lyricism. But I’m old enough to have followed his entire career and, in fact, Roger Federer is truly a legend, like Zidane or Maradona. He belongs to the pantheon of the greatest sportsmen. He’s not the Grand Slam record holder. But what makes heroes in sport is not only the results. And Federer capitalizes on him the necessary ingredients for this notion of legend. He was built on his track record but also on his genius: he is inimitable by his touch, by the unreadable nature of his game. That’s what those who have faced him say. And beyond that, what characterizes him is the ability to go into battle. He’s a fighter.

To have given of oneself for the nation. Understand the term nation for Switzerland, of course, but for the tennis nation, in the general sense. The world of tennis thanks Federer for this relentlessness. He never saved himself, he came back after the injuries.

Finally, he seems to care about others. It is in the media construction that we have made of it, of course. Nevertheless, he is a person who seems respectful, polite, altruistic, linked to charitable activities.

How long does one remain a “legend” in sport?

PT : It’s a safe bet that the density of his career and the way he will pursue it,
because he is only 41 years old, allow him to remain in the memories for a long time. As Zidane moved from one career to another and nurtured his legend. Today, in France, I am thinking of Yannick Noah, who certainly belongs to an older generation of players but who continues to hold his place in the French sporting landscape. For Federer, what will remain is this rivalry with Nadal then, a little later, Djokovic. From the memory of a historian, this form of confrontation in pairs and then in trios is quite unique in its kind.

Sometimes, however, he lost?

PT : His character was built as a hero or a fighter. When he cries during the lost final at the Australian Open, against a Raphaël Nadal who is almost embarrassed to have won (in 2009), it touches people’s hearts. It is then the question of collective emotions that comes into play. The champion is still grown in defeat. In the figure of the fighter that I mentioned earlier, there is the notion of resilience. The hero is never so great as when he is totally human, when he has the same weaknesses that we all have, but he has the energy to completely rebuild himself. Federer is crying. Nadal is embarrassed for his rival but also his friend. It is contagious because they show themselves as they are, that is to say men. Something that has been specific to the heroization of athletes for many years now is also the question of image management. And here too Federer has taken care of this image.

Why do we need idols in sport?

PT : In many ways society is hopeless. A society that is promised a future that is not the happiest, at a time when the great ideological transcendences have collapsed. The advantage that athletes represent is that they do not engage with them, partisan issues. By remaining neutral from a political or religious point of view, they offer the possibility of provoking enthusiasm.

To arouse admiration, must the athlete remain irreproachable?

PT : Paradoxically, the image of the bad boy can also be constitutive of the iconization of an athlete. Journalistic investigations into the consequences of Zinédine Zidane’s headbutt in 2006 showed that it did not tarnish his image. From the moment the myth is built, any faults, setbacks, ultimately reinforce the character. Take Cantona: known for its road trips, it is also adored for what it represents. This further forges the mythology that surrounds it. We can cite Georges Best, and his setbacks with alcohol, Maradona who, in many respects, had things to reproach himself for his drug use. These characters are also heightened by their flaws. They live in a universe that is not ours, but at the same time they are terribly human.

To return to Federer, we could retain his angry character, a bit demanding, when he sets his conditions for playing at such and such a time during a tournament. But he knew how to overcome his shortcomings, to become the champion he has become. That he earns a lot of money does not ultimately come into play. We do not hold that.



Death of Maradona: eight health professionals tried for manslaughter

Eight health professionals will be tried in Argentina for manslaughter with aggravating circumstances, at the end of the investigation into the death of footballer Diego Maradona in 2020.

Football legend Maradona died at the age of 60 from a cardio-respiratory crisis on November 25, 2020, alone on his medical bed in a residence in northern Buenos Aires, while recovering from neurosurgery. He suffered from kidney and liver problems, heart failure, neurological deterioration, and addiction to alcohol and psychotropic drugs.

Breaches and negligence

An Argentinian judge from the municipality of San Isidro confirmed on Wednesday June 22 that a trial would be held for eight of these professionals, including a neurosurgeon family doctor, a psychiatrist, a nursing manager and nurses. The prosecution had requested this dismissal in April, pointing out shortcomings and negligence in the care of the ex-star, who was recovering at home.

The eight suspects will be tried for “simple homicide with dolus eventualis”, a typical offense when a person commits negligence knowing that it could result in someone’s death. They risk sentences ranging from 8 to 25 years in prison, but should appear free at trial, the San Isidro prosecutor’s office having never requested their pre-trial detention.

According to prosecutors, the personnel in charge of Maradona had been “protagonist of an unprecedented, totally deficient and reckless home hospitalization”and would have committed a “series of improvisations, mismanagement and shortcomings”. An expert report, as part of the investigation, concluded that the former player had been “left to his fate” by his medical team, leading him to a slow agony.

Psychologist, doctor or nurse, the suspects had all defended their actions during their hearings, within the framework of their field of competence, at the bedside of the champion. Leopoldo Luque, attending physician and confidant of Maradona appearing among the defendants, had said to himself “proud of what (he) has done”ensuring to have “tried to help” Maradona. No date has yet been confirmed for the trial.


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Maradona’s former doctor blamed the medical team for negligence

Alfredo Cahe, a doctor who used to help Diego Maradona in detoxification, said that “Golden Boy” died because of the negligence of the medical team.

“Anyone who has had surgery must be under constant monitoring and control,” Alfredo Cahe told the radio. Rivadavia on December 3. “I don’t see Diego getting proper care. He should be in the hospital, not in a house lacking medical equipment. I don’t understand why they let him go home in full. that scene “.

Cahe served as the Maradona family’s private doctor for 33 years. He helped the Argentinian legend detoxify drugs in Cuba between 2000 and 2005. Maradona’s condition at that time was considered life-threatening, and Cahe was in charge of the campaign to save the “Golden Boy”. . After recovering, Maradona returned to Argentina, where he accepted the position of national coach in 2008.

Dr. Alfredo Cahe (second from left) believes that the care team must be responsible for Maradona’s death. Image: Ole.

“I was shocked at Diego’s death,” added the experienced doctor. “I have countless memories of over three decades of befriending him. Diego passed away abnormally. I tried to explain what happened in his house but couldn’t. He is. victim of negligence, recklessness and inexperience. It is a crime to let him out of the hospital.

Revelations from a nurse at the health care company show that Maradona is not in a normal state of mind in the last days of life. He demanded that the medical staff be fired, only to have their blood pressure checked once in nine days. The 1986 World Cup champion also fell his head to the floor on November 18, but was not taken to the hospital for examination. Maradona is thought to take up to seven different types of sedatives, many of which have negative cardiovascular effects.

Maradona died on November 25, two weeks after a brain surgery to take subdural hematoma. An autopsy showed that he died of acute pulmonary edema due to chronic heart failure. This is a dangerous disease, especially for people with a history of substance addiction like Maradona. Without proper rest, acute heart failure occurs, causing pulmonary edema. Patient has difficulty breathing and then dies.

Nhan Dat (according to Ole)



Diego Maradona, the death of a legend

There is Pelé, him and a few others. But especially Pelé and him. There is always Pelé. Diego Maradona is no longer there. The Argentinian press announced his death, this Wednesday, November 25, of a cardiac arrest. The Argentinian wisp, like its Brazilian elder, was number 10, that of the most beautiful legends, and legend he was, that devil of a footballer, that devil of a man.

A little devil then, and a genius of the ball. How to sum it up, “El pibe de oro”, the golden kid born in the biggest slum of Buenos Aires, in 1960, who undoubtedly had to learn to juggle the ball before speaking, how could it be otherwise? How to tell, this giant as tall as three apples, elusive on and off the pitch? Perhaps by being satisfied with a key moment, a key moment, but which sums up the man quite well.

The “hand of God” and the goal of genius

Go back to this June 22, 1986, in the Azteca stadium in Mexico City, where the 1986 World Cup quarter-final between Argentina and England takes place. Diego Maradona is the captain of the sky and white, and he multiplies to harangue his troops, to get this match out of its torpor and this 0-0 which still lasts after 50 minutes of play. And then there you go: a ball fallen from the clouds, and Maradona who leaps. But too small, he cannot head ahead of British goalkeeper Peter Shilton who comes out of his cages. So he holds out his hand, trickster gesture, and the ball ends up at the back of the net. Only the arbiter of the day seems not to have seen what will become “the hand of God”.

An incredible cheating, but which forges the legend of the player, who especially five minutes later, crosses the whole field by multiplying the dribbles, mystifying all his opponents, and plants an extravagant second goal, forever in the annals of football (the most beau of the century, according to the International Federation), which offers victory to the Argentines (2-1) soon to be world champions. A trick and a stroke of genius, Diego Maradona in all his guilty splendor. And it will always be that with him. Shadows and lights.

His time in Naples, after two years of ups and downs in Barcelona (1982-1984), would characterize the character even more. He plays on a volcano, ignites the stands, sets the lawn on fire. Maradona in Naples is an almost permanent festival, the best player in the world in action, offering his club the double cup-championship in 1987, top scorer in the championship the following year, winner of the UEFA Cup ( the Europa League today) in 1989. The period represents the peak of the player, his years of absolute glory. But already points the other Maradona, that glory precisely swells with an outrageous, disproportionate pride.

The time of drifts

The end of Maradona in Naples, at the beginning of the 1990s, it will be almost nothing more than a wobbly soap opera where behind the scenes the mafia and the demons of the player addicted to cocaine are agitated. His majesty Maradona takes precedence over the brilliant Diego, and it is not very beautiful. The positive tests with white powder multiply during his end of career, and it is often a ball of nerves with mad eyes that the cameras also frame.

His end of career, back in Argentina, is rather sad, and his retirement from 1997 does not help the myth. His addiction is still present, he came close to death in 2004 after a heart attack, his reconversion as a coach, with the national team or in a club, hardly left an indelible mark. The legend is damaged over time, from one detoxification cure to another of slimming, sometimes grand-guignolesque interventions in front of the media in more or less dubious cronyism with various South American politicians. Shadows then, after the lights.

His is definitely extinct and all football lovers will remember the golden kid, the ball artist, the genius of the game. Too much adored and revered, perhaps. But for a few years, how handsome that Diego was on the land.