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Maradona Joins Soviet Soccer Team -- April Fool's Day, 1988
The Soviet newspaper Izvestia reported that the Moscow Spartak soccer team was in negotiations with Argentine star Diego Maradona. On the table was an offer of $6 million for him to come play for them. If all went well, he would join the team within a year. The report was met with astonishment around the world — not because many people believed it, but because it was the first time the normally very serious Izvestia had ever published an April fool's day hoax. Frivolity of this kind had previously been frowned upon by the Kremlin.

April Fool Categories: Sports, Newspapers, Russia, 1988, Unlikely Acquisitions.
You mean the football team IS called Spartak Moscow? Who cares, the sport would need to improve dramatically to just be boring as bleep! There's nothing more exciting than a scoreless tie! Or perhaps would that be a necktie with a zero on it.
Posted by Attila  in  the desert  on  Mon Apr 02, 2007  at  05:25 AM
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