José Luis Brown
Brown during the 1986 FIFA World Cup.
|Full name||José Luis Brown|
|Date of birth||November 11, 1956|
|Place of birth||Ranchos, Argentina|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|1975–1983||Estudiantes de la Plata||290||(27)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of June 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).
Nicknamed Tata, he started in the youth system of Estudiantes de La Plata, and made his professional début in 1975. He was the captain of the team that won the 1982 and 1983 Argentine championship titles.
After eight full seasons with Estudiantes, he joined Deportivo Español and then Boca Juniors in 1985, before leaving Argentina to play abroad for Colombian side Nacional de Medellin, French Stade Brestois and Spanish Real Murcia. In 1989 he returned to Argentina, joining Racing Club de Avellaneda where he retired from football later that year.
With the Argentine national team he played 36 matches, scoring one goal. That one goal proved to be decisive however, as it was the opening goal in the 1986 World Cup Final in Mexico, which Argentina won 3-2 against Germany. Brown scored from a header after the ball had been crossed in from a free-kick by Jorge Burruchaga on the right. Late in the game, Brown suffered an injury on his right arm and had to have it fixed to his body for the remainder. He refused to let coach Bilardo consider a substitution.
Titles as a player
|Metropolitano 1982||Estudiantes||Primera Division Argentina|
|Nacional 1983||Estudiantes||Primera Division Argentina|
After retiring, Brown worked as an assistant for different coaches, including Oscar Ruggeri at San Lorenzo and Carlos Salvador Bilardo while managing Boca Juniors. In 2000 he accepted an offer to jointly manage newly promoted outfit Club Almagro with Héctor Enrique. After one season, the duo moved to Nueva Chicago, but had to resign after 11 matches because of bad results. In 2002 he was hired by Bolivian side Blooming, again to resign after only 16 matches, though leaving a better image.
He then decided to work again with Bilardo, coaching the youth divisions of Estudiantes with much success. When Bilardo left Estudiantes, Brown took over second division side Atlético Rafaela for 30 matches. Brown left the club after differences with club executives in April 2005, and returned to Almagro, which by then were relegated to second division. After a stint in 2006 as coach of Rafaela's second major club, Ben Hur, Brown took over Ferrocarril Oeste in May 2007.
In December 2007 Brown became coach of the Argentina Under-17 team, with former national teammate Sergio Batista at the helm of the Under-20 team. As Batista's assistant at the 2008 Summer Olympics, Argentina won the gold medal in football.
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