Daniel Passarella

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Daniel Passarella
Passarella copa mundo.jpg
Passarella holding the FIFA World Cup trophy after the 1978 final.
Personal information
Full name Daniel Alberto Passarella
Date of birth (1953-05-25) 25 May 1953 (age 69)
Place of birth Chacabuco, Argentina
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre back, sweeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971–1973 Sarmiento 36 (9)
1973–1982 River Plate 226 (90)
1982–1986 Fiorentina 109 (26)
1986–1988 Internazionale 44 (9)
1988–1989 River Plate 32 (9)
Total 447 (143)
National team
1976–1986 Argentina 70 (22)
Teams managed
1989–1994 River Plate
1994–1998 Argentina
1999–2001 Uruguay
2001 Parma
2002–2004 Monterrey
2005 Corinthians
2006–2007 River Plate
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Daniel Alberto Passarella (born 25 May 1953) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a centre back, and former manager of the Argentina and Uruguay national football teams. He was captain of the Argentina team that won the 1978 World Cup. He was president of the River Plate sports club for four years after winning the elections by a very close margin in December 2009. [2]

Considered one of the greatest South American defenders of all time,[3] Passarella was also a proficient goalscorer; at one point he was football's top scoring defender, with 134 goals in 451 matches, a record subsequently broken by Dutch defender Ronald Koeman.[4] In 2004, Passarella was named one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony.[5] In 2007, The Times placed him at number 36 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history.[6] In 2017 he has been included in the FourFourTwo list of the 100 all-time greatest players, at the 56th position.[7]

Club career[edit]

Passarella playing for River Plate, 1981

Passarella was born in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires Province. He started his career at Sarmiento of Junin, Buenos Aires province. From there he joined River Plate, where he became one of the best Argentinian defenders of his period, and started to be chosen in the Argentinian national team.

After his good performances at the 1982 World Cup, in 1982 he joined Fiorentina of Italy, where he scored the goal record for a defender in one season (11 in 1986) in the Italian Serie A; his record remained until 2001, when he was beaten by Marco Materazzi.[8]

In 1986, he joined Internazionale, where he ended his Italian playing career in 1988. After his successful spell in the Serie A, he returned to River Plate, where he played until his retirement.

He was called "El Gran Capitán" (the Great Captain, nickname of Argentine independence hero José de San Martín),"El Kaiser" (an allusion to Franz Beckenbauer) or "El Caudillo" (the Chief)[9] because of his leadership ability, his passion, and his organisational prowess on the field. He was a defender who often joined the attack, and helped generate and finish offensive plays. He was the top scoring defender, with 134 goals in 451 matches, a record since broken by Dutch defender Ronald Koeman.[4]

His aerial game was effective both defensively and in attack. He scored frequent headers in spite of his average height (1.73 m). He was an excellent free kick and penalty shooter. He was also noted for using his elbows against rivals whilst managing to avoid the referee's gaze. Passarella and Chilean Elías Figueroa are considered the best South America defenders.[10]

International career[edit]

One of the pillars of the Argentine national team, he eventually captained the side during the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina. He was the first Argentine player to hold the World Cup, as it was handed to him first when Argentina won the final. During the qualifying rounds of the 1986 World Cup, Passarella contributed to the goal which ensured Argentina's qualification in the final minutes of their match against Peru by allowing teammate Ricardo Gareca to score.

A bout of enterocolitis meant that he missed the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He was replaced in the first team by defender José Luis Brown. Passarella had a fractious relationship with captain Diego Maradona and coach Carlos Bilardo during the tournament; he later claimed Bilardo and Maradona made sure that he was sidelined.[3] Even so, by being a part of the squad, he became the only player to feature in both Argentina's World Cup-winning teams.

Coaching career[edit]

Passarella as coach of Argentina in 1993

After his playing days were over, he became the coach of River Plate, where he won several national titles. Appointed as coach of the Argentine national team to replace Alfio Basile, Passarella was coach during the qualification games for the 1998 World Cup and during the competition itself, which was held in France. Passarella held to close friend Américo Gallego as assistant coach. Passarella had banned long hair, earrings and homosexuals in his squad, leading to disputes with several players.[11][12] Fernando Redondo and Claudio Caniggia eventually refused to play for Passarella and were excluded from the squad.[13] Argentina's performances never reached the expected heights, and the team was eliminated in the quarter-finals after a last minute 2–1 defeat to the Netherlands. After the elimination, Passarella left the post and was replaced by Marcelo Bielsa.

Passarella then became coach of Uruguay, but he left the post during the qualifying games for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, after having problems summoning players from Uruguayan sides.

After that episode, Passarella had a brief and unsuccessful period as coach of Parma in Italy in 2001, where he was sacked after five successive losses.[14]

In 2003, he won the Mexican football league title with the team C.F. Monterrey. In March 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers. He was then hired as coach of Corinthians in Brazil, but was fired after a few months after a spell of bad results.

On 9 January 2006, he was appointed River Plate coach again after 12 years to occupy the vacancy left by Reinaldo Merlo's sudden departure. On 15 November 2007, he resigned as coach after River was beaten by penalties by Arsenal de Sarandí in the semi-finals of the 2007 Copa Sudamericana.

In the summer of 2018, after publicly expressing interest in returning he was widely seen as the frontrunner to become the new manager of CF Monterrey for a second stint after the departure of Antonio Mohamed but the club ultimately decided to appoint Diego Alonso.[15]

Career statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

Passarella with Diego Maradona, Napoli v Fiorentina, May 1985
Appearances and goals by club, season and competition
Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Division Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
River Plate 1974 Primera División 22 5 22 5
1975 29 9 29 9
1976 35 24 1 35 24
1977 40 13 1 40 13
1978 19 4 1 19 4
1979 38 9 38 9
1980 41 12 0 41 12
1981 42 14 1 42 14
Total 266 90 0 0 4 94
Fiorentina 1982–83 Serie A 27 3 5 0 2 0 34 3
1983–84 27 7 7 1 34 8
1984–85 26 5 6 3 3 1 35 9
1985–86 29 11 7 4 36 15
Total 109 26 25 8 5 1 139 35
Internazionale 1986–87 Serie A 23 3 8 4 7 1 38 8
1987–88 21 6 8 1 6 0 35 7
Total 44 9 16 5 13 1 73 15
River Plate 1988–89 Primera División 32 9 32 9
Career total 451 134 41 13 6 153

International[edit]

Three World Cup moments of Passarella as player of Argentina, (left): Being raised by the supporters after winning the 1978 final; (right): jumping to head the ball v Brazil in 1982; (right): with Diego Maradona in Mexico, 1986
Appearances and goals by national team and year[16]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 1976 6 2
1977 7 3
1978 13 4
1979 11 5
1980 9 3
1981 4 1
1982 9 3
1983 0 0
1984 0 0
1985 8 1
1986 3 0
Total 70 22
Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Passarella goal.[16]
List of international goals scored by Daniel Passarella
No. Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 28 October 1976 Lima, Peru  Peru 2–1 3–1 Friendly
2 10 November 1976 José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Peru 1–0 1–0 Friendly
3 5 June 1977 La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina  West Germany 1–3 1–3 Friendly
4 18 June 1977 La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Scotland 1–1 1–1 Friendly
5 3 July 1977 La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Yugoslavia 1–0 1–0 Friendly
6 23 March 1978 Nacional, Lima, Peru  Peru 2–0 3–1 Friendly
7 5 April 1978 La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Romania 1–0 2–0 Friendly
8 2–0
9 6 June 1978 Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  France 1–0 2–1 1978 FIFA World Cup
10 25 April 1979 Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Bulgaria 2–1 2–1 Friendly
11 26 May 1979 Olimpico, Rome, Italy  Italy 2–2 2–2 Friendly
12 8 August 1979 Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Bolivia 1–0 3–0 1979 Copa América
13 23 August 1979 Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Brazil 1–1 2–2 1979 Copa América
14 16 September 1979 Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Yugoslavia  Yugoslavia 1–3 2–4 Friendly
15 13 May 1980 Wembley, London, England  England 1–2 1–3 Friendly
16 12 October 1980 Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Poland 1–0 2–1 Friendly
17 16 December 1980 Olímpico Chateau Carreras, Córdoba, Argentina   Switzerland 5–0 5–0 Friendly
18 28 October 1981 Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Poland 1–0 1–2 Friendly
19 5 May 1982 José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, Argentina  Bulgaria 2–1 2–1 Friendly
20 23 June 1982 José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain  El Salvador 1–0 2–0 1982 FIFA World Cup
21 29 June 1982 Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain  Italy 1–2 1–2
22 26 May 1985 Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela  Venezuela 2–1 3–2 1986 FIFA World Cup qualification

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

River Plate

Argentina

Individual

Manager[edit]

River Plate

Monterrey

Individual

References[edit]

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External links[edit]

World Cup-winners status
Preceded by Latest Born Captain
1953

25 June 1978 – 29 June 1986
Succeeded by
Records
Preceded by Youngest Captain
25

25 June 1978 – present
Incumbent