Argentine legend Diego Maradona described hisdecision to coach second-division Mexican clubDorados as a rebirth after years battling addictions, as he officially became the team's new manager lastMonday.
Maradona has raised eyebrows with the decision toaccept a job in the heart of Mexican drug cartel -- the rough-and-tumble state of Sinaloa.
But in his first press conference for Dorados, he described the job as a healthy new beginningafter a long "sickness," alluding to his very public struggles with drug addiction, alcoholismand obesity.
"I want to give Dorados what I lost when I was sick," he told the 200 journalists who packedthe hotel conference room in Culiacan, the state capital.
"I was sick for 14 years. Now I want to see the sun, I want to go to bed at night. I never evenused to go to bed. I didn't even know what a pillow was. That's why I accepted the offer fromDorados."
Mexico was the scene of Maradona's greatest triumph as a player: He led Argentina to the1986 World Cup title there.
But he surprised the soccer world with his decision to coach a second-division team who arecurrently in 13th place in their 15-team league.