César Luis Menotti
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Menotti with the FIFA World Cup Trophy in 1978
|Date of birth||22 October 1938|
|Place of birth||Rosario, Argentina|
|1967–1968?||New York Generals||?|
|1969||Clube Atlético Juventus||?||(?)|
|1970||Newell's Old Boys|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 2007|
César Luis Menotti (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈsesaɾ ˈlwis meˈnoti]; born 5 November 1938), known as El Flaco ("the slim one"), is an Argentine football coach and former player who won the 1978 FIFA World Cup as the head coach of the Argentina national team. He played as a striker.
Menotti remained four seasons in Rosario Central prior to be transferred in 1964 to Racing, then moving to Boca Juniors in 1965, where he would win his first title as player. Two years later Menotti arrived to the North American Soccer League to play for the New York Generals. In 1968 Menotti was traded to Santos FC where he was teammate of Pelé and won the Campeonato Paulista. After his tenure on Santos, Menotti signed with Clube Atlético Juventus, where he retired from football in 1970.
Early managerial career
After retiring from play, Menotti became friends with coach Miguel "Gitano" Juárez, with whom he traveled to the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Fascinated by the Brazilian style of play led by his friend Pelé, he decided to become a coach himself. Menotti worked as coach assistant of Juárez in Newell's Old Boys.
As manager, Menotti won his first title with Huracán, the 1973 Torneo Metropolitano with a side that included notable players such as Carlos Babington, Miguel Brindisi, Roque Avallay and the outstanding René Houseman. That squad was widely praised by the media due to their style of playing, being considered one of the best Argentine teams of all time. Huracán played 32 matches, winning 19 with 5 loses. The squad scored 62 goals and received 30.
Argentina national team
Menotti was appointed the head coach of the Argentina national team in October 1974.
1978 World Cup
Between 1978 and 1982
1982 World Cup
At the 1982 World Cup, Argentina lost to Belgium in their opening match. The team started with Fillol; Olguin, Galván, Passarella, Tarantini; Ardiles, Gallego, Maradona; Bertoni, Díaz, and Kempes. Argentina then defeated Hungary and El Salvador, and met Italy and Brazil in Group 3 of the second round, although they lost both matches.
Personality, influence and political views
Menotti always displayed a rebellious streak and cultivated an image of coolness. He wore long hair, dressed casually, and used to drop references to cultural icons in his conversations, from writer Ernesto Sabato to singer Joan Manuel Serrat. He was opinionated on politics, projecting a left-wing socialist image that contrasted with his holding a very visible post during the right-wing military dictatorship.
Menotti famously proclaimed:
There's a right-wing football and a left-wing football. Right-wing football wants to suggest that life is struggle. It demands sacrifices. We have to become of steel and win by any method... obey and function, that's what those with power want from the players. That's how they create retards, useful idiots that go with the system.
- A la carta: Menotti 100x100, El Gráfico, 2014
- Huracán 73, El Gráfico, 16 Jan 2008
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- Argentina 73 by Javier Roimiser on RSSSF.com
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- "Chivas le llena agenda a Menotti para convencerlo". mediotiempo.com. Archived from the original on 28 September 2017. Retrieved 7 May 2018.
- Jonathan Wilson, Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics, page 335
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