Cesar Luis Menotti, 72, the Argentine coach who led his national team to glory in 1978, has been interned suffering from a lung infection. Taking a courageous position supporting the political left at a time when his country was held in the grip of a Fascist dictatorship, we pay homage to this visionary, wishing him a speedy recovery.
Cesar Luis Menotti is interned in the Hospital Italiano in Buenos Aires, suffering from a lung infection. El Flaco (the thin one) is 72 years old and has had a long and successful career as a soccer player, manager, teacher...and world champion.
His most famous achievement was the 1978 World Championship, which he won in Argentina. This followed a career as a player in 6 clubs in three countries (Rosario central 1960-1964; Racing Club 1964-1965; Boca Juniors 1965-1967, all in Argentina; New York Generals - USA - 1967-1968; Santos FC 1968-1969 and CA Juventus, 1969-1970 both in Brazil).
His managerial career was even longer (Club and titles):
Huracán 1972-1973 (Argentina) Champion of Argentina
Argentina national team 1974-1982 World Championship 1978, Under-20 World Championship 1979
Barcelona (Spain) 1983-1984 Copa del Rei, Spanish league Cup, Spanish Super Cup
Boca Juniors (Argentina) 1986-1987
Atlético de Madrid (Spain) 1987-1988
River Plate (Argentina) 1989
Peñarol (Uruguay) 1990-1991
Mexican national team 1991-1992
Boca Juniors 1993-1994
Independiente (Argentina) 1996-1997
Sampdoria (Italy) 1997
Rosario central 2002
Puebla FC (Mexico) 2006
Tecos (Mexico) 2007
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