César Luis Menotti

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César Luis Menotti
César Luis Menotti.jpg
Menotti during his tenure as manager
of FC Barcelona, 1983
Personal information
Date of birth (1938-11-05) 5 November 1938 (age 78)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Playing position Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1960–1963 Rosario Central 86 (47)
1964 Racing Club ? (?)
1965–1966 Boca Juniors 18 (6)
1967–1968? New York Generals ?
1968 Santos FC 1 (0)
1969 Clube Atlético Juventus ? (?)
National team
1963–1968 Argentina 11 (2)
Teams managed
1970 Newell's Old Boys
1972–1973 Huracán
1974–1982 Argentina
1983–1984 FC Barcelona
1986–1987 Boca Juniors
1987–1988 Atlético Madrid
1989 River Plate
1990–1991 C.A. Peñarol
1991–1992 Mexico
1993–1994 Boca Juniors
1996–1997 Independiente
1997 Sampdoria
1997–1999 Independiente
2002 Rosario Central
2004 Independiente
2006 Puebla
2007 Tecos
* 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]), known as El Flaco ("the slim one") (born 5 November 1938), is an Argentine football coach and former player who, as coach, won the 1978 FIFA World Cup for Argentina. He played as a striker.

Playing career[edit]

Menotti grew up in the Fisherton district of Rosario and played for local clubs before a scout for Rosario Central picked him up. He played in the youth divisions while attending high school (he graduated as a chemical technician) and was signed by Central. He also played for the Argentine national football team and Santos FC.[citation needed]

Early managerial career[edit]

After retiring from play, he 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 pal Pele, he decided to become a coach himself.[citation needed]

He won the 1973 Metropolitano title with Huracán, with a side that included Carlos Babington.[1]

National coach[edit]

He was appointed Argentina coach in October 1974.[2]

1978 World Cup[edit]

He was the coach of Argentina when they won their first World Cup, defeating Netherlands in the final.[1]

Between 1978 and 1982[edit]

In the final months of 1978, when Menotti's contract was due to expire, he played a game of brinkmanship with the Argentine Football Association, which ultimately agreed to his demanding terms, both financially and professionally. Menotti's team included assistant coaches Rogelio Poncini and Roberto Saporiti, as well as fitness trainer Ricardo Pizzarotti and physician Rubén Oliva.[citation needed]

In 1979, he led Argentina to success in the World Youth Championship in Japan, with Diego Maradona the team's star player.[3]

World Cup 1982[edit]

Argentina lost to Belgium in the opening match. The team started with Fillol; Olguin, Galvan, Passarella, Tarantini; Ardiles, Gallego, Maradona; Bertoni, Diaz, and Kempes.[citation needed]

Argentina went on to defeat Hungary and El Salvador, and met Italy and Brazil in Group 3 of the second round, although they lost both matches.

In the 1982 World Cup, Menotti deployed the same defenders as in 1978.[citation needed]

Later career[edit]

Menotti in 2009.

He was appointed FC Barcelona coach in 1983, helping them to win the Copa del Rey, League Cup and Spanish Super Cup, before leaving the club in 1984.[4]

On 3 February 2017, Chivas made a formal offer to sign him on as the Academy director.[5]

Personality, influence and political views[edit]

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.[6]

Menotti famously proclaimed that:

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.



  1. ^ a b Jonathan Wilson (16 March 2011). "Get-well wishes to Argentina's El Flaco whose football moved the world". The Guardian. Retrieved 5 March 2017. 
  2. ^ Tim Vickery (18 March 2002). "Menotti goes back to his roots". BBC. Retrieved 18 February 2016. 
  3. ^ "MENOTTI Cesar Luis: El Flaco Menotti raised Argentina's game". Classic Football. FIFA. Archived from the original on 17 November 2013. Retrieved 4 December 2014. 
  4. ^ "Cesar Luis Menotti (1983-84)". History. FC Barcelona. Retrieved 21 April 2017. 
  5. ^ http://www.mediotiempo.com/futbol/2017/02/03/chivas-le-llena-agenda-a-menotti-para-convencerlo
  6. ^ a b Jonathan Wilson, Inverting The Pyramid: The History of Soccer Tactics, page 335

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