Darío Franco

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Franco and the second or maternal family name is Gatti.
Darío Franco
Personal information
Full name Darío Javier Franco Gatti
Date of birth (1969-01-17) 17 January 1969 (age 45)
Place of birth Cruz Alta, Argentina
Height 1.89 m (6 ft 2 12 in)
Playing position Defender
Youth career
Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1987–1991 Newell's Old Boys 100 (4)
1991–1995 Real Zaragoza 91 (7)
1995–1997 Club Atlas 85 (11)
1998–2004 Morelia 241 (19)
National team
1991–1994 Argentina 22 (6)
Teams managed
2006 Morelia
2006–2007 Tecos UAG
2008–2009 Club Atlas
2010–2011 San Martín de San Juan
2011–2012 Instituto de Córdoba
2013 Universidad de Chile
2013 Aldosivi
Defensa y Justicia
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Darío Javier Franco Gatti (born January 17, 1969 in Cruz Alta, Córdoba, Argentina) is an Argentine football manager and a former international footballer.

Franco made his football debut in his native country, briefly playing with Newell's Old Boys before joining Spain's Real Zaragoza. He arrived in Mexico in 1995 to play for Atlas. After three years with the club, he was transferred to Monarcas Morelia, where he won the 2000 championship.

He played also for Argentina's national team, and scored two goals in the 1991 Copa América, which Argentina won. In the 1993 edition he was selected to replace the banned Claudio Caniggia, but was seriously injured in Argentina's first match.[citation needed]

After his playing career ended, Franco became the manager of Tecos UAG. The president of the club fired him on Saturday August 18, 2007 after Tecos lost 4-1 to Pachuca in their first game of the season and were then beaten 3-0 by Atlante in their third game. The only point he earned came from a 0-0 draw against Chivas de Guadalajara in the second game.

In Clausura 2009, Franco managed Atlas. After their second game, a 4-0 defeat to Cruz Azul, Franco was fired[citation needed] and was replaced by Ricardo La Volpe.

At the end of 2012, Franco signed a contract with Universidad de Chile, but he was fired after six months. He is currently managing Defensa y Justicia in the Argentinian First Division.

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