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Whilst Argentina understandably went hunting high and low for the next Maradona, in a vain attempt to find someone worthy of replacing the great an himself in their national team, the rest of the world also did a pretty good job of finding their own impersonators, spawning a whole host of fantastically named alternative Diego's...

Maradona of the Alps Andi Herzog.

One of Austria's finest players, Herzog made his name as an attacking midfielder with Rapid Vienna in the late 1980s. His ability at free-kicks and running with the ball would earn him the Maradona of the Alps tag, as well as a move to Werder Bremen in the Bundesliga in 1992, the same year he won the Austrian Footballer of the Year award. He impressed enough for Bayern Munich to make a move for him, but he would only spend a single season in Bavaria before transferring back to Bremen.

In 2002 Herzog became Austria's most capped player, and would retire from international duty with 103 caps, still a national record.




The Greek Maradona - Vasilis Hatzipanagis The Maradona of the Carpathians - Gheorghe Hagi The Maradona of the Bosphorous - Emre Belozoglu The Maradona of the East End - Joe Cole The Maradona of the Caucasus - Georgi Kinkladze The Maradona of Italy - Gianfranco Zola Check these... Saeed Owairan (Saudi Arabia) -- Maradona of the Desert Ahmed al-Kass (Egypt) -- Maradona of the Nile Zvonimir Vukic (Serbia) -- Maradona of the Balkans I Edvin Murati (Albania) -- Maradona of the Balkans II Andreas Herzog (Austria) -- Maradona of the Alps Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan) -- Maradona of the Orient Ali Karmi (Iran) -- Maradona of Asia Paul Gascoigne (England) -- Maradona of England Omar Sivori (Argentina) -- Maradona of the 60's 17) Maradona of the Balkans - Blaž Sliškovic 18) Maradona of the Balkans - Zvonimir Vukic (Serbia) 19) Maradona of the Balkans - Edvin Murati (Albania) 20) Maradona of the Balkans - Dejan Savicevic 21) Leningrad’s Maradona - Alexander Kanischev 22) The Maradona of the Salento - Fabrizio Miccoli 23) 24) Maradona of Kosovo - Fadil Muriqi 25) Maradona of the Antas - Márcio Sousa 26) Maradona of the Italians - Gianfranco Zola 27) Maradona of England - Paul Gascoigne 28) 29) The Basingstoke Maradona - Sergio Torres 30) Maradona of the Alps - Andreas Herzog 31) Asia & Far East 32) The Indian Maradona - Krishanu Dey 33) Maradona from Purwodadi - Tugiyo   (Indonesia) 34) Maradona of the Orient - Hidetoshi Nakata (Japan) Middle East & Africa 35) Maradona of Port Said - Ibrahim El-Masry 36) Maradona of the Nile - Ahmed Abdou El-Kass (Egypt) 37) Maradona of the Desert -  Ryan Belal  (scored with a handball) 38) The Maradona of the Arabs - Saeed Al-Owairan 39) Arabian Maradona - Khaled Gahwji 40) The Asian Maradona - Ali Karimi (Iran) The Americas 41) The Honduran Maradona - Alexander Agustín “Alex” López 42) Caribbean Maradona - Hayden Tinto 43) Maradona of the Andes - Roberto Merino (Peru) THE PHYSICAL MARADONAS 44) The Ginger Maradona- Scott Ollerenshaw 45) The Ginger Maradona - Drew Talbot 46) Little Maradona - Vincenzo Sarno