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June 2, 2010

Monitoring Maradona: Put Your Beef On The Grill

Maradona schlepping his own bags on arrival in South Africa.

Argentine national team manager Diego Maradona has been a font of amusement over the years and it appears that he will continue to be during this year’s World Cup. That he is endlessly entertaining is a function of Diego being half-crazy as a result of drug addictions, overdoses, and a deified celebrity status for thirty years, plus media desperately in search of story and Maradona’s desire to be the center of attention. This World Cup may be his last hurrah as a such a monumental figure with the ability to fix gazes upon him and so we expect there to be plenty of great stories involving Maradona so long as Argentina is still in the tournament. Monitoring Maradona will be your (hopefully daily) update on all things Maradona.

Now on to today’s installment…putting beef on the grill.

Argentina had its last World Cup tune-up match against lowly Canada, a 5-0 victory, on May 24. Its next match is its first World Cup match against Nigeria on June 12. There is some concern that the squad may not be sufficiently prepared for its World Cup matches with so little match time. This would not include the team’s manager, who said the following:

“I’m not concerned [about a lack of warm-up games] because our practices carry you to a level you might not reach in a match, risking injury to one or more [players],” said Maradona. “We’re going to reach a level that the [Argentina] shirt deserves… Argentines should relax because to beat this team our rivals will have to put all their beef on the grill.”

One, who says you can’t get injured in practice? Two, Argentina practices are at a higher level than matches?

Three, put all their beef on the grill? So Maradona can do this?

Needless to say, I will be adding this saying to my repertoire.



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13 Comments


  1. Dan V

    I wasnt prepared for that video!!!!!!!


  2. Tno

    How have i never seen that video?


  3. It has been on this website before.


  4. although, the video is now gone in the old post.


  5. Marcamps

    it sound like a whackadoo thing to say – though, judging from whom it came from, it’s not at all that surprising – but it’s actually a common expression in Latin America.

    put all the beef on the grill:
    “poner toda la carne en el asador/a la parrilla.”

    sort of akin to saying, “throw everything but/and the kitchen sink”.

    i wouldn’t trust Maradona’s grilling expertise, though- he tends to only use one spice, and it’s this weird white powdery thing he puts on everything…


  6. Tno

    Heyyyoooo


  7. @Marcamps: thanks for the info on argentine/spanish idioms. it actually doesn’t sound all that crazy, the idiom that is, but it does invite low brow humor. maradona, on the other hand, does sound a bit crazy when he says that practice prepares them sufficiently for the matches when obviously matches would give them an entirely different dynamic and preparation.


  8. >One, who says you can’t get injured in practice?
    Playing against canadian lumberjacks is higher risk.

    >Two, Argentina practices are at a higher level than matches

    have you seen that Canada friendly?
    Yes, I am sure that an argentinian intrasquad is more competitive than that pathetic game.


  9. ben

    It’s a very common idiom in Argentina. Basically it means when you’re up against a big challenge, you have to give it all you got. Like if you’re grilling and a large group shows up, you have to throw all the meat on the grill. It sounds awkward in English, but in Argentina’s beef culture it makes complete sense.


  10. bryix

    I less than three Maradona.


  11. [...] will be challenging Nigeria to put some beef on the grill at 3pm. Before that we have Greece v South Korea at 12.30pm. Greece can walk out on the field safe [...]


  12. [...] will be challenging Nigeria to put some beef on the grill at 3pm. Before that we have Greece v South Korea at 12.30pm. Greece can walk out on the field safe [...]



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