José María Minella
Minella playing for River Plate in 1941.
|Date of birth||August 9, 1909|
|Place of birth||Mar del Plata, Argentina|
|Date of death||August 13, 1981|
|Independiente (Mar del Plata)|
|1928–1934||Gimnasia La Plata|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Minella started playing at local club Independiente de Mar del Plata. On 23 August 1925, he was part of the local league team that achieved a 1-0 win over a team made of the battleship HMS Repulse´s crewmembers during the Prince of Wales visit to Argentina. In 1928 he was signed by Gimnasia La Plata who won the amateur Argentine championship in 1929. He played in the team nicknamed El Expreso (The express) that nearly won the championship in 1933.
In 1935 he moved to River Plate where he was part of three championship winning teams in 1936, 1937 and 1941.
Minella made his international debut in 1933, he played three times in the Copa América, in 1935, 1937 and 1941. Argentina won the 1937 and 1941 editions. He played a total of 24 games for his country netting one goal.
Minella took over as manager of River Plate in 1945, he led the team through one of the most successful eras in their history. Between 1952 and 1957 they won five championships in six years, including the club's first treble in the professional era (1955, 1956 and 1957). He also won the Copa Aldao in 1947.
Minella has a spell as manager of the Argentina national team between 1964 and 1965, he returned as caretaker manager for one game in 1968. As national coach, he won the Taça das Nações played in Brazil in 1964.
In preparation for the 1978 FIFA World Cup a football stadium was built in Mar del Plata and named Estadio José María Minella after his death in 1981 to honour Mar del Plata's most significant football talent.
As a player
|1929||Gimnasia La Plata||Argentine championship|
|1936||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
|1937||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
|1937||River Plate||Copa Aldao|
|1941||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
National team titles
As a manager
|1945||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
|1947||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
|1947||River Plate||Copa Aldao|
|1952||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
|1952||River Plate||Copa Ibarguren|
|1953||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
|1955||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
|1956||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
|1957||River Plate||Primera División Argentina|
- El Repulse en Mar del Plata (Spanish)