Ramón Díaz

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Ramón Díaz
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Personal information
Full name Ramón Ángel Díaz
Date of birth (1959-08-29) 29 August 1959 (age 58)
Place of birth La Rioja, Argentina
Height 1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
Al-Hilal (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1978–1982 River Plate 123 (57)
1982–1983 Napoli 25 (3)
1983–1986 Avellino 78 (22)
1986–1988 Fiorentina 53 (17)
1988–1989 Internazionale 33 (12)
1989–1991 Monaco 60 (24)
1991–1993 River Plate 52 (27)
1993–1995 Yokohama Marinos 75 (52)
Total 499 (215)
National team
1978–1979 Argentina U20 6 (8)
1979–1982 Argentina 22 (10)
Teams managed
1995–2002 River Plate
2004–2005 Oxford United
2007–2008 San Lorenzo
2008–2009 América
2010–2011 San Lorenzo
2011–2012 Independiente
2012–2014 River Plate
2014–2016 Paraguay
2016– Al-Hilal
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Ramón Ángel Díaz (born 29 August 1959) is a former Argentine footballer and manager. He played for River Plate as a striker, and coached it for three tenures, winning eight titles. He is also known by the nickname of El Pelado ("Baldy"). He currently manages Al-Hilal in the Saudi Professional League.

Club career[edit]

Díaz was born in the city of La Rioja in the province of the same name. He played as a forward and starred in River Plate's youth system under Norberto "El Pacha" Yacono. His opening game in the Argentine First Division was on 13 August 1978, a game where River Plate beat Colón de Santa Fe by 1–0. He scored his first goal on 30 August of that year, playing against Quilmes Atlético Club. Diaz went on to feature for clubs such as River Plate, Inter Milan, Yokohama Marinos, and Monaco under famed manager Arsene Wenger.[1]

International career[edit]

Diaz while featuring for Argentina

Diaz won the World Youth Cup in 1979 with the Argentina under-20 team alongside Diego Maradona winning the golden boot of the cup. He then went on to play in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and scored against Brazil in Argentina's 3–1 defeat. It had been rumoured that he and Maradona were involved in a feud which prevented Diaz from playing for Argentina in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups. However, this was denied by Maradona in his autobiography "El Diego", claiming that he had told the then-Argentina manager, Carlos Bilardo, that he wanted Diaz in both the 1986 and 1990 World Cup squads.[1][2]

Managerial career[edit]

Díaz served as the manager of River Plate between 1995 and 2003, in that time he guided the club to victory in the 1996 Copa Libertadores as well as collecting five league titles and the Supercopa Sudamericana.[1]

Oxford United[edit]

Ramón Díaz served as manager of League Two English club Oxford United between 2004 and 2005, despite already having achieved considerable success in his native Argentina. At the time, Diaz told the media: "I like English football and I wanted to get first-hand experience of it...I'd seen plenty of it on television...It's also very interesting to work at this level, because it's completely different from football at the top." It was also claimed that neither Diaz nor any of his five backroom staff were being paid by Oxford United for their services.[1]

San Lorenzo 1st Term[edit]

In 24 December 2006, he was appointed head coach of San Lorenzo in the Argentine Primera,[3] Díax secured the title after the 17th round of fixtures, with two games still to play. Díaz led them to the Clausura 2007 championship title, the club's first title in six years,

Club América[edit]

In 15 May 2008, Diaz was confirmed as the new Club América coach. Although the club did not reveal specific details about Diaz' contract,[4] he was reportedly offered 1.5 million dollars per year including performance-related bonuses which could have taken his total earnings to 6 million dollars.[5] Díaz failed to make Club América qualify to Copa Libertadores. In the start of the Clausura 2009 season, Díaz won against Santos 2-1. After that, Díaz drew against Toluca 2-2. Díaz lost against Morelia 1-0. Díaz lost again against Pachuca 3-1. After two consecutive league losses, and the club being in 12th position in the league table, Club America sacked coach Ramón Díaz on Tuesday 10 February 2009.[6]

San Lorenzo 2nd Term[edit]

On 25 May 2010, It was made official by President Savino that Ramón Díaz was appointed for the second time. Díaz had a one-year contract with San Lorenzo.[7] Ramón Díaz resigned because of poor results and said there is no turning back. In addition, he said that this has nothing to do with Abdo: "I thank the president because he gave me everything, just like the players."[8]


On 12 September 2011, Independiente hired Díaz to replace Antonio Mohamed who resigned.On 5 March 2012, Ramón Díaz quit Independiente, resigning from his position at the King of Cups, who had been struggling and found themselves at the very bottom of the table.[9] Ramón Díaz was replaced by Christian Díaz.

River Plate 3rd term[edit]

On 30 November 2012, Ramón Díaz was appointed coach of River Plate for the third time in his managing career.[10] Ramón won the Toreno Final in 2014, and he also won the Superfinal against San Lorenzo 1-0.[11] On 27 May 2014, Díaz left River Plate.[12]

Paraguay National Team[edit]

On 5 December 2014, Ramón left River Plate to become the manager of the Paraguay national team. He said "'It's one of the biggest challenges of my career... There's a lot of work to do".[13] Ramón first major competition was the 2015 Copa América. His first match in the Copa America was against Argentina which they drew 2-2. Ramón's second match was against Jamaica which they won 1-0. The last match of the group stages was against Uruguay which they drew 1-1. Paraguay finished 2nd with five points in their group. Paraguay won the quarterfinal against Brazil 1-1 (3-4 on penalties). Paraguay were hammered 6-1 by Argentina in the Semifinals which them go to the third group playoff which they lost 2-0 against Peru which made them fourth in the Copa America. Ramón continued in the national team. On the Copa America Centenario, Paraguay were out of the competition in the group stage, by drawing against Costa Rica and losing to Colombia 2-1 and the US 1-0. On 12 June 2016, following an unsuccessful run at Copa América Centenario, he resigned as manager of Paraguay.[14]


On 13 October 2016 Ramón Díaz was appointed manager of Al-Hilal FC after former manager Gustavo Matosas was sacked[15] with a one-year contract.

2016/17 Season[edit]

Ramón's first match was against Al-Fateh SC where Al-Hilal won 1-0. On 25 November, Rámon played his first important match against Al-Ahli were they won 2-1. Ramón drew the Riyadh Derby against Al-Nassr FC 1-1. Ramón won 4-2 against Al-Taawon FC. He won against Ittihad FC 3-1. Ramón Diaz drew 0-0 against Al-Ahli, but he won against Al-Shabab 2-1 to Secure the title. Al-Hilal lifted the league against Al-Nassr in the Riyadh Derby after winning 5-1 in the league. Ramón Díaz renewed his contract for one more year for 1.5 million dollars.[16] Ramón made Al-Hilal first in the Champions League group stages after winning against Al-Rayyan 4-3.[17] Ramón made Al-Hilal qualify to the King's Cup final after beating Al-Taawon 3-4. Ramón Díaz won the King's Cup against Al-Ahli in final 3-2.[18] Rámon Díaz won the Champions League Round of 16 first leg against Esteghlal Khuzestan F.C. 2-1.[19] Díaz won the second leg 2-1 again [2-4 on AGG] making Al-Hilal go to the Quarterfinals of the AFC Champions League.[20]

2017/18 Season[edit]

In the 4th of June, Díaz signed Mukhtar Fallatah to make him the first signing of the season.[21] In 19 June 2017, Ramòn Díaz made Omar Kharbin a permanent signing after he was on loan, the fee 11 million dollars (44 million riyals) and signed a four-year contract with Al-Hilal.[22] On June 21, Díaz signed Ali Al Bulaihi for free from Al-Fateh.[23] On July 3, Al-Hilal signed Mohamed Kanno and Hasan Kadish from Ettifaq.[24]

In August 10, Díaz won the first match of the season 2-1 against league debutant Al-Fayha.[25] In August 15, Ramón Díaz won his second match of the season which was against Al-Taawoun 4-3. In 21 August, Díaz made Al-Hilal draw against Al Ain 0-0 in the 2017 AFC Champions League quarter finals.[26]

In September 11, Díaz made Al-Hilal qualify to the semi final of the AFC Champions League after beating Al-Ain 3-0. After that, he signed Gelmin Rivas to become his sixth registered foreigner player in the 2017/18 season.[27] In September 16, Ramón Díaz won the third match of season against Ohod 1-0.[28] In September 21, Al-Hilal drew against Al-Ittihad 1-1.[29]

Career statistics[edit]



Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup Total
1978 River Plate Primera División 14 5 14 5
1979 22 12 22 12
1980 40 22 40 22
1981 47 18 47 18
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Total
1982–83 Napoli Serie A 25 3 25 3
1983–84 Avellino Serie A 24 7 24 7
1984–85 27 5 27 5
1985–86 27 10 27 10
1986–87 Fiorentina Serie A 29 10 29 10
1987–88 24 7 24 7
1988–89 Internazionale Serie A 33 12 7 1 3 2 43 15
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
1989–90 Monaco Division 1 28 15 28 15
1990–91 32 9 32 9
Argentina League Cup League Cup Total
1991–92 River Plate Primera División 31 20 31 20
1992–93 21 7 21 7
Japan League Emperor's Cup J.League Cup Total
1993 Yokohama Marinos J1 League 32 28 3 1 5 3 40 32
1994 37 23 4 2 3 1 44 26
1995 6 1 0 0 - 6 1
Country Argentina 175 84 175 84
Italy 189 54 189 54
France 60 24 60 24
Japan 75 52 7 3 8 4 90 59
Total 499 214 7 3 8 4 514 221


Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1979 1 1
1980 9 4
1981 4 1
1982 8 4
Total 22 10



River Plate


River Plate
San Lorenzo



  1. ^ The "Superfinal" is considered as a national cup by the Argentine Football Association.[31]


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  2. ^ "Ramon Angel Diaz". Ramon Diaz.com. 
  3. ^ http://www.espnfc.com/story/397356/san-lorenzo-appoint-former-us-boss-diaz
  4. ^ Ramón Díaz ya es nuevo técnico del América
  5. ^ Ramón fue presentado en América de México
  6. ^ http://m.goal.com/s/en-us/news/114/mexico/2009/02/10/1103513/club-america-sacks-diaz
  7. ^ https://www.clarin.com/ultimo-momento/ramon-diaz-acordo-regreso-san-lorenzo_0_BJXfLSL0pYg.html
  8. ^ http://www.ole.com.ar/futbol-primera/Fallamos_0_468553369.html
  9. ^ http://www.goal.com/en/news/585/argentina/2012/03/05/2947124/ramon-diaz-quits-independiente
  10. ^ http://www.goal.com/en-ke/news/4500/main/2012/11/30/3566344/ramon-diaz-hired-as-new-river-plate-coach
  11. ^ https://golazoargentino.com/2014/05/25/river-plate-claim-the-copa-campeonato-with-victory-over-san-lorenzo-video/
  12. ^ https://www.fourfourtwo.com/my/news/diaz-leaves-river-plate
  13. ^ http://www.dailymail.co.uk/sport/football/article-2861548/Paraguay-appoint-title-winning-River-Plate-boss-Ramon-Diaz-national-coach.html
  14. ^ http://www.espnfc.co.uk/paraguay/story/2891510/paraguay-manager-ramon-diaz-resigns-following-copa-elimination
  15. ^ http://a3lam-ksa.net.sa/?p=7518
  16. ^ http://arabic.sport360.com/article/الدوري-السعودي/نادي-الهلال/521321/أخبار-الهلال-حقيقة-تجديد-عقد-رامون-دياز-مدرب-الهلال/
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  18. ^ http://www.arabnews.com/node/1101626/sports
  19. ^ http://m.kooora.com/?m=1466741
  20. ^ http://m.goal.com/s/en/match/al-hilal-vs-esteghlal-khuzestan/2433294/preview
  21. ^ http://prosports.mbc.net/ar/championships/jameel-league/articles/رسميا---مختار-فلاتة-هلالي.html
  22. ^ http://www.nsaem.net/13061/بالصور-تعرف-على-تفاصيل-إنتقال-عمر-خرب/
  23. ^ http://m.kooora.com/?n=598356&o=ncsa
  24. ^ http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/mob/sport/saudi-sport/2017/07/04/الهلال-يضم-محمد-كنو-وحسن-كادش-من-الاتفاق.html
  25. ^ https://www.slstat.com/spl2017-2018ar/matchdet.php?id=2
  26. ^ http://m.kooora.com/?n=615772&o=n1000144
  27. ^ http://www.alarabiya.net/ar/mob/sport/saudi-sport/2017/09/11/الفنزويلي-ريفاس-إلى-الهلال-.html
  28. ^ http://www.spa.gov.sa/viewfullstory.php?lang=ar&newsid=1666677
  29. ^ https://m.al-marsd.com/158337.html
  30. ^ "Ramón Díaz". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. 
  31. ^ "La AFA homologó la Superfinal de River como una Copa Nacional", Cancha Llena.com, 28 May 2014

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