Diego Maradona lines up the losers to be shot at again in Argentina training

It seems like an eternity since just over three weeks ago, before the World Cup had started, Diego Maradona introduced to the world his training technique to build team bonding in the Argentina squad.

Known as “butts up” in some places, it simply involves the losing team crowding inside the goal and the winners allowed to take pots hots from the edge of the box.

Yesterday, the 1986 World Cup winning captain rolled out the exercise again in full view of the cameras who had come to watch Argentina train ahead of their mouth watering quarter-final clash with Germany on Saturday.

This time it wasn’t just the players who were sent into the goal mouth but also the coaching staff and Maradona received a hefty blow to his head which left him dazed for a few seconds.

El Diego then took out his anger with a few sly punches on a member of the coaching staff. From the main footage it is also possible to see some Argentinean players, including Lionel Messi, practising penalties to avoid the fate that befell the Albiceleste when they played Germany at the same stage of the World Cup in 2006.

Highlights of the Argentina training session.

Individual highlights of Maradona at the training session.

An excellent compilation of Diego at the World Cup: Maradona & Argentina – a love story.