Hemant Albert Soreng
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Maradona, a true inspiration

By on December 7, 2008

I always wanted to be a football player. And I was very much on track playing for school, college, a local club in Delhi and my parish, till a knee injury shattered that dream along with other distractions like studies, exams etc.
I may not have become a professional player, but that journey has taught me a lot which is an integral part of my personal and professional life – teamwork, camaraderie, strategy & planning, “match readiness”, hard work, managing a team (when I was captaining), failures (and learning from them)……and of course Winning, but most importantly Having Fun & Enjoying what you are doing.
And there is one man who inspired me the most, Diego Maradona.

1986 World Cup is one tournament I will never ever forget. Sheer genius and poetry on the field displayed by the man himself.
Maradona is visiting India, in Kolkata right now. And I am kicking myself for not making that visit to see him.
For me he is the best football player ever (even better than Pele). Wish him all the best in his new avatar as the coach of Argentinian Football Team.

I will leave behind with a best of Maradona video. Enjoy…


  1. Reply

    Zerin Rahiman

    December 11, 2008

    You echo my sentiments with this post.

    I still do play occasionally as there is nothing I enjoy more in life. Have gone through two knee operations, one ankle and one foot operation and looking forward to more.

    Maybe we should touch base as I am looking to raise funds for some football ventures which are already upp and running.


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    Hemant Soreng

    December 11, 2008

    Hi Zerin,

    Anything to do with promoting and playing football I am on…ping me, mail me.


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    December 20, 2008

    Hi Hemant,

    Maradona was truly something else as a player. Of course in Argentina he gets a lot of coverage all of the time (thus I get a tad saturated…). He’s very sentiment-driven, we’ll see how that works out for him and his new role.

    I didn’t know Football was big in India. I assumed Cricket was the most popular sport.

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    Hemant Soreng

    December 22, 2008

    Hi Esteban,

    Yes, Cricket is hugely popular in India. However, Football is the most popular sport in the world and Indians can’t stay behind. esp. in some parts in India, Kolkata (West Bengal), Goa particularly Football is followed passionately.