Batista in 2011
|Full name||Sergio Daniel Batista|
|Date of birth||9 November 1962|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)|
|Playing position||Defensive midfielder|
|2007–2010||Argentina U-20 / Olympic|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only
As a footballer he played as a midfield for Argentinos Juniors, River Plate, Nueva Chicago, Tosu Futures and All Boys. He represented his national team 39 times between 1985 and 1990 where he won the 1986 FIFA World Cup. After retiring he moved into coaching with Bella Vista before returning to his former club Argentinos Juniors, as well as spells at Talleres, Nueva Chicago and Godoy Cruz. With the Argentine U23 team, he won the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, which led to him being head coach of the Argentina national football team from July 2010 to July 2011.
Batista played youth football in Argentinos Juniors, and debuted with the first team in 1981. With Argentinos, he won the 1984 Metropolitano and 1985 Nacional of the Argentine Primera División, as well as the 1985 Copa Libertadores.
In 1988, Batista moved to River Plate, helping the team to win the 1989–90 league title. In 1992, he moved to Nueva Chicago. In 1993, he moved to PJM Futures in Japan. After he retired as a player once in 1994, 2 years from 1995 served as a head coach by 2 Japanese clubs. In 1997, he returned to active duty and played for All Boys in Argentina.
After his impressive displays for Argentinos Juniors in the 1985 Copa Libertadores, the Argentine coach Carlos Bilardo called Batista up for a friendly against Mexico on 14 November 1985 in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw. With the 1986 FIFA World Cup soon looming, Batista quickly went on to establish himself as a first choice player within the Argentina national football team. Despite his limited international experience, he played in every game throughout the tournament, which Argentina eventually won. An established regular within the squad, Batista played in the 1987 Copa América, 1989 Copa América and 1990 FIFA World Cup, which Argentina came runner-up in.
Batista started his managerial career with Uruguayan club Bella Vista in 2000. He then had two spells with Argentinos Juniors, one with Talleres de Córdoba and one with Nueva Chicago. Between 2005 and 2006, he was assistant to Oscar Ruggeri in San Lorenzo.
In October 2007, the former midfielder was appointed as the head coach of the Argentine under-20 national team, replacing Hugo Tocalli. He also managed the Argentine Olympic football team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.
After the 2010 World Cup, Argentine national team manager Diego Maradona did not renew his contract, and Batista was appointed as caretaker manager on 27 July 2010. In his role, Batista led Argentina to two wins (1–0 over Ireland and 4–1 over World Cup holders Spain) and suffered a defeat against Japan 0–1. Three months later, he was named the official head coach of the Argentine national team. In his first match after being officialized as Argentina's coach, his team defeated Brazil 1–0, with a 90th-minute goal by Lionel Messi. On 25 July 2011, the AFA announced that Batista had stepped down as manager of the Argentine national team after poor results in Copa America.
As a player
- Argentinos Juniors
- River Plate
As a manager
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