Mourning in Argentine football: César Luis Menotti, first world champion coach with the ‘albiceleste’, died

Mourning in Argentine football: César Luis Menotti, first world champion coach with the ‘albiceleste’, died
Mourning in Argentine football: César Luis Menotti, first world champion coach with the ‘albiceleste’, died

César Luis Menotti died at the age of 85the architect of the first World Cup that the Argentina team won in 1978 and who served as Director of National Teams in the AFA.

Precisely, the AFA confirmed this unfortunate news: “The Argentine Football Association regrets to report with great sadness the death of César Luis Menotti, current Director of National Teams and former World Champion coach of Argentina”.

The most glorious hour of ‘Flaco’ as DT was the afternoon of June 25, 1978. At the Monumental stadium in Buenos Aires, the Albiceleste were crowned world champions for the first time by beating the Netherlands 3-1.

Born in Rosario, homeland of Lionel Messi and Angel Di María, he maintained: “Who makes the differences? The coaches with their tactics? It’s a lie, the one who makes the difference is the player.”

That squad was consecrated with the goals of ‘Matador’ Mario Kempesthe saves of Ubaldo Fillol, the caudillo captaincy of Daniel Passarella, the mischief of René Housemann, the strategic cunning of Osvaldo ‘Pitón’ Ardiles.

Argentina left behind 20 years of disappointments. Nobody wanted to play for the National Team. The players were whistled by mocking and pessimistic fans.

The so-called Swedish Disaster weighed like an emotional burden. Argentina was beaten and eliminated in the first round of that 1958 World Cup.

Menotti, of undoubted influence in his country and in the rest of the region, rescued a legacy: “The Argentine footballer has a DNA, a genetics, a school, respected throughout the world.”

But the 1978 World Cup left a stigma on him. He won in the middle of a dictatorship with 30,000 missingaccording to humanitarian entities.

Menotti once said: “I was used, of course. Nobody could imagine that people were thrown into the ocean”. She couldn’t avoid the reproaches.

As a young man he had been a Peronist, like his father, and then a communist, convinced by a railway union leader. He never campaigned politically or participated in demonstrations.

 
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