Soccer: Past and present Japanese players pay tribute to Maradona

Tributes poured in from the Japanese soccer world Thursday following the death of superstar Diego Maradona, who thrilled fans in the country over the course of several visits.The Argentine, who died aged 60 of a heart attack at his home in the suburbs of Buenos Aires on Wednesday, led his country to the FIFA World Youth Championship title in Japan in 1979.He returned three years later with club side Boca Juniors for a friendly against the Japanese national team.That match starring Maradona, then a diminutive youngster with a special talent for overhead kicks, made an indelible impact on opposi…

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