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Maradona did keepie-uppies only in the Munich 1989 UEFA semi-final

Maradona did keepie-uppies only in the Stuttgart 1989 UEFA final

Can 70,0000 people all be wrong?

In 1989 Maradona was at his peak. He was playing for Napoli who he had virtually single-handely transformed into the unstoppable force which won their first ever Serie A title, in 1987. He'd just led Argentina to their second World Cup win, and spearheaded Napoli to the second leg of their UEFA Cup semi final in Munich.

Many remember him performing an exhibition keepie-uppie routine before the match - but incredibly, given the numbers involved, this is disputed and many say he didn't do it at that game but instead at the final later in Stuttgart.


There's an interesting Mandela Effect concerning the Opus song "Live is Life", but it seems it also plays a role in this one. Those who remember Maradonna's keepie-uppies, and in fact in the videos of it, have him doing them in time to the song which is playing in the background.

Jürgen Klinsmann

Wikipedia has an entry from Jürgen Klinsmann who claims it took place in Stuttgart:

There were 70,000 people in the stadium and Maradona went on the field. We’re on the other side of the field, warming up like Germans: seriously, focused. There's music playing, the song "Live is Life", and to the rhythm of the song Maradona started juggling the ball. So we stopped our warm-up. What's this guy doing? He's juggling off his shoulders. And we couldn't warm up anymore because we had to watch this guy.