José Luis Brown

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José Luis Brown
Brown camiseta agujero 86.jpg
Brown playing with Argentina
in the 1986 World Cup final
Personal information
Full name José Luis Brown
Date of birth (1956-11-10)10 November 1956
Place of birth Ranchos, Argentina
Date of death 12 August 2019(2019-08-12) (aged 62)
Place of death La Plata, Argentina
Height 1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1983 Estudiantes LP 291 (25)
1983–1984 Atlético Nacional 87 (14)
1985 Boca Juniors 9 (4)
1986 Deportivo Español 5 (0)
1986–1987 Brest 31 (1)
1987–1989 Murcia 28 (1)
1989 Racing Club 9 (1)
Total 461 (46)
National team
1983–1989 Argentina 36 (1)
Teams managed
1995 Los Andes
1996 Boca Juniors (assistant)
2000–2001 Club Almagro
2001–2002 Nueva Chicago
2002 Blooming
2003–2004 Estudiantes LP (youth)
2004–2005 Atlético Rafaela
2005–2006 Club Almagro
2006–2007 Ben Hur
2007–2008 Ferro Carril Oeste
2007–2009 Argentina U17
2013 Ferro Carril Oeste
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

José Luis Brown (10 November 1956 – 12 August 2019) was an Argentine football central defender and coach.

Most of his 14-year professional career was spent with Estudiantes, for which he appeared in more than 300 official matches and won two major titles. He also competed in Colombia, France and Spain.

Nicknamed Tata, Brown represented the Argentine national team at the 1986 World Cup and three Copa América tournaments, winning the former and scoring in the final. In 1995, he began working as a manager.

Playing career[edit]


Born in Ranchos, Buenos Aires, Brown was a descendant of Scotsman James Brown who emigrated from Greenock in 1825, and also related to the Brown brothers (i.e. Jorge Brown) who played international football for Argentina in the early 20th century.[1] He spent his first years as a senior with Estudiantes de La Plata, scoring an astonishing 17 goals in a combined 69 matches as the club won the Metropolitano and Nacional in the 1982 and 1983 editions of the Primera División, respectively.[2]

After two years in Colombia with Atlético Nacional, Brown played in quick succession for Boca Juniors and Deportivo Español back in his homeland, moving abroad again in 1986 after signing with Ligue 1 side Stade Brestois 29. The following year he joined Spain's Real Murcia on a two-year contract,[3] making his La Liga debut on 30 August 1987 in a 0–1 away loss against CA Osasuna.[4]

Brown retired from football in late 1989 at the age of 33, after some months with Racing Club de Avellaneda.


Brown heading the first goal for Argentina against West Germany in the 1986 World Cup Final

Brown won 36 caps for Argentina, making his first appearance in 1983.[5] He was selected for the 1983, 1987 and 1989 Copa América tournaments, helping the national team to third place in the latter.[6]

Brown was also picked for the 1986 FIFA World Cup by manager Carlos Bilardo, as a last-minute addition: in spite of a serious knee injury suffered two years earlier that had not still fully healed, he was chosen to start ahead of ageing Daniel Passarella, being informed by the coach on the day before the opener. He went on to play all the games and minutes in Mexico, netting his only international goal, a header in the final against West Germany after a free kick by Jorge Burruchaga (eventual 3–2 win); in the last minutes he dislocated[7] his shoulder, but refused to be substituted.[8]

Coaching career[edit]

Brown in 2006, while serving as coach

After retiring, Brown worked as an assistant for different managers, including Oscar Ruggeri at San Lorenzo de Almagro and Bilardo at Boca Juniors. His first head coach experience arrived in 1995 at the helm of lowly Los Andes de Lomas de Zamora, and five years later he was appointed at newly promoted Club Almagro with another former national teammate, Héctor Enrique.

After one season the duo moved to Club Atlético Nueva Chicago, but had to resign after only 11 matches due to poor results. In 2002, Brown was hired by Club Blooming in Bolivia, again being fired early into his tenure.

Brown again reunited with Bilardo in 2003–04, being in charge of Estudiantes' youth sides. In the following years, in quick succession, he was in charge of Atlético de Rafaela, Almagro, Club Sportivo Ben Hur and Club Ferro Carril Oeste.

In December 2007, Brown became coach of the Argentine under-17 team as Sergio Batista was put at the helm of the under-20s. As the latter's assistant at the 2008 Summer Olympics the country won the gold medal, and the pair later joined Diego Maradona's staff at the full side.[9]

Brown led Argentina under-17s to the second place at the 2009 South American Football Championship, with the subsequent qualification to the World Cup of the category, which ended with a round-of-16 exit at the hands of Colombia.[10] In March 2013 he returned to Ferro Carril, with the club still in Primera B Nacional.[11]


Brown died on 12 August 2019 in La Plata at the age of 62, due to Alzheimer's disease.[12][13]







  1. ^ "Argentine football returns to roots of its Scottish founder". The Scotsman. 14 November 2008. Retrieved 25 February 2014.
  2. ^ Gorgazzi, Osvaldo José; Kurhy, Víctor Hugo. "Final Tables Argentina 1981–1990". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  3. ^ "Brown, presentado en el Murcia" [Brown, presented in Murcia]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 21 July 1987. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  4. ^ Martínez de Zúñiga, Uxue (31 August 1987). "1–0: El marcador no reflejó el dominio de Osasuna" [1–0: Scoreboard did not show Osasuna's dominance]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  5. ^ Mamrud, Roberto. "Argentina – Record International Players". RSSSF. Retrieved 10 June 2014.
  6. ^ Tabeira, Martín. "Copa América 1989". RSSSF. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  7. ^ "Argentina World Cup winner José Luis Brown dies at 62". BBC News. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  8. ^ "Last minute World Cup additions". FIFA. 6 June 2014. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  9. ^ "Batista, Brown to assist Maradona". The Daily Star. 2 November 2008. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  10. ^ "Late heartbreak for Albiceleste". FIFA. 6 November 2009. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Asumió el "Tata" José Luis Brown" ["Tata" José Luis Brown took over] (in Spanish). Ferro Carril Oeste. 19 March 2013. Retrieved 12 June 2014.
  12. ^ "Falleció José Luis Brown" [José Luis Brown has died] (in Spanish). TyC Sports. 13 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  13. ^ "Argentina defender who scored in 1986 World Cup final dies". 13 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.
  14. ^ a b "Hasta siempre campeón del mundo" [See you later world champion]. El Día (in Spanish). 13 August 2019. Retrieved 13 August 2019.

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