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
* 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 Argentine international football (soccer) player.

Franco made his football debut in his native country briefly playing with Newell's Old Boys, and later with Spain's Real Zaragoza. He arrived in Mexico in 1995 and enrolled with Atlas. After three years with the club, he then transferred to Monarcas where he obtained huge success, winning the 2000 championship.

He played also with the Argentina national football team, scoring two goals in the 1991 Copa América, and winning the competition. In the 1993 edition of the Copa America he was to play regularly in order to replace banned Claudio Caniggia, but unfortunately for Franco, he was tackled in Argentina's first match and had ruptures of tibia and fibula, which effectively brought his career on the backfood.

Franco was the football manager of Tecos UAG until Saturday August 18, 2007 when the president of the club fired him after Tecos lost 4-1 to Pachuca in the first game and then a lost 3-0 to Atlante in the third game. The only point he earned was to a 0-0 draw to Chivas de Guadalajara in the second game. In Clausura 2009, Atlas lost 2 games and lost 4-0 to Cruz Azul in the second game. At the end of second game, Dario Franco got fired of his bad performances. He got replaced by Ricardo La Volpe to become a next coach for the team CF Atlas. At the end of 2012, Franco signed a contract with |Universidad de Chile, but he got fired after 6 months as a result of an overall bad performance.

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