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|Full name||Darío Javier Franco Gatti|
|Date of birth||17 January 1969|
|Place of birth||Cruz Alta, Argentina|
|Height||1.89 m (6 ft 2 1⁄2 in)|
|San Luis de Quillota (Manager)|
|Newell's Old Boys|
|1987–1991||Newell's Old Boys||100||(4)|
|2010–2011||San Martín de San Juan|
|2013||Universidad de Chile|
|2014–2015||Defensa y Justicia|
|2019–||San Luis de Quillota|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Franco made his football debut in his native country, briefly playing with Newell's Old Boys before joining Spain's Real Zaragoza. He arrived in Mexico in 1995 to play for Atlas. After three years with the club, he was transferred to Monarcas Morelia, where he won the 2000 championship.
He played also for Argentina's national team, and scored two goals in the 1991 Copa América, which Argentina won. In the 1993 edition he was selected to replace the banned Claudio Caniggia, but was seriously injured in Argentina's first match.
After his playing career ended, Franco became the manager of Tecos UAG. The president of the club fired him on Saturday August 18, 2007 after Tecos lost 4-1 to Pachuca in their first game of the season and were then beaten 3-0 by Atlante F.C. in their third game. The only point he earned came from a 0-0 draw against Chivas de Guadalajara in the second game. In Clausura 2009, Franco managed Atlas. After their second game, a 4-0 defeat to Cruz Azul, Franco was fired and was replaced by Ricardo La Volpe.
Between 2010 and 2013, Franco managed San Martín de San Juan and Instituto. In 2013, Franco signed a contract with Universidad de Chile, but he was fired after six months. He managed Aldosivi in 2013 and Defensa y Justicia in 2014. He departed Defensa y Justicia in 2015 and subsequently became manager of Colón. In 2016, after leaving Colón, he returned to Aldosivi to become the club's manager for the second time. He rejoined Instituto de Córdoba on 1 November 2017.
- Darío Franco at Soccerway. Retrieved 11 November 2016.
- "B Nacional: Darío Franco es el nuevo DT de Instituto de Córdoba" [B Nacional: Darío Franco is the new coach of Instituto de Córdoba] (in Spanish). 1 November 2017. Retrieved 6 November 2017.
- "Darío Franco: Decidí no ser el técnico de Newell's porque mi hijo entrena en el club". Infobae. 28 May 2014. Retrieved 23 March 2018.
- Darío Franco (Darío Javier Franco Gatti) – Liga MX stats at MedioTiempo.com ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Darío Franco at National-Football-Teams.com
- Club Atlético Monarcas ‹See Tfd›(in Spanish)
- Profile at LFP.es
- Darío Franco at Soccerway
- Darío Franco at Footballdatabase