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Coco Basile
Personal information
Full name Alfredo Rubén Basile
Date of birth November 1, 1943 (1943-11-01) (age 66)
Place of birth    Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club None
Youth career
Bella Vista de Bahía Blanca
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
Racing Club
163 (19)
097 0(4)   
National team
1968-1973 Argentina 00? 0(?)
Teams managed
Chacarita Juniors
Rosario Central
Racing Club
Racing de Córdoba
Instituto de Córdoba
Racing de Córdoba
Racing de Córdoba
Talleres de Córdoba
Vélez Sársfield
Racing Club
Vélez Sársfield
Atlético de Madrid
Racing Club
San Lorenzo
Colón de Santa Fe
Boca Juniors
Boca Juniors

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of May 2007.
* Appearances (Goals)

Alfredo 'Alfio' Rubén Basile (born 1 November 1943 in Bahía Blanca), known as Coco, is an Argentine football (soccer) coach and former player.


Playing career

Basile started his playing career at the Bella Vista club in his home city. From 1964 to 1970 he played for Racing Club, and then for Huracán, where he was a mainstay of the 1973 Metropolitano champions under coach Cesar Luis Menotti. As a player, he was most famous for being the steady anchor of the Racing Club and Huracán championship teams.



He also played for the Argentina national football team. Basile retired as a player in 1975.

Titles as a player

Season Club Title
1966 Argentina Racing Club Primera Division Argentina
1967 Argentina Racing Club Copa Libertadores
1967 Argentina Racing Club Copa Intercontinental
Metropolitano 1973 Argentina Huracán Primera Division Argentina

Managerial career

After retirement as a player, Basile coached a number of Argentine teams, most notably Rosario Central, Racing Club, Huracán, Vélez Sársfield, Uruguayan Nacional, and Atlético Madrid.

His career as a coach reached its first peak in the early 1990s, when he led the Argentina national football team to two Copa America victories. The run-up to the 1994 FIFA World Cup looked smooth until a 5-0 defeat at home to Colombia. Following that traumatic event, Diego Maradona was brought back from retirement to take part in the play-off against Australia.

In the World Cup itself, Argentina opened with two impressive victories over Greece and Nigeria. However, controversy was soon to appear. Maradona was tested for doping after the Nigeria match, and was suspended after ephedrine was found in his sample. Argentina still progressed to the last 16 despite a 2-0 defeat by Bulgaria, but morale was shattered and the team was eliminated after losing to Romania.

After resigning over the World Cup disappointment [1], Basile went on to coach San Lorenzo de Almagro, Club América of México and Colón de Santa Fe with varying degrees of success. In July 2005 he assumed the post of coach at Boca Juniors, winning the Recopa Sudamericana 2005 just a month later. He then won his first Argentine league title in the 2005 Apertura tournament. Four days later, Boca won the Copa Sudamericana 2005 against UNAM Pumas of Mexico.

In July 2006, he was once again offered the position of Argentina national football team coach and accepted the job taking over from José Pekerman. Before starting his new job, Basile stayed with Boca Juniors until September 14th 2006, when the team won a second consecutive Recopa Sudamericana 2006 with a victory over São Paulo FC of Brazil.

Vocal about his preference for the Italian Serie A and the Spanish La Liga over the English league, he made waves in England when he called for Carlos Tévez and Javier Mascherano to transfer to Italy, claiming the switch would be better for the latter "even if he would have to play in the second division" with Juventus. [2]

On 16 October 2008, amidst the controversy over the historical defeat that Argentina suffered against Chile in the World Cup qualifiers, Basile tended his resignation [3]. This eventually paved the road to the first appointment of Diego Maradona as national team coach[4]. As a coach, Basile had in total two tenures at the helm of the Argentina national football team, 1991-1994 and 2006-2008.

On July 1, 2009 Alfio "Coco" Basile has returned to Boca Juniors after three years, replacing Carlos Ischia.[5] But after a series of bad results, especially the failure to qualify for the Copa Libertadores 2010 and a crushing 3-1 defeat to archrivals River Plate during a summer tournament at Mar del Plata, he resigned on 21 January 2010.[6]


Titles as a manager

Season Club Title
1988 Argentina Racing Club Supercopa Sudamericana
1991 Argentina Argentina Copa América
1992 Argentina Argentina King Fahd Cup
1993 Argentina Argentina Copa América
2005 Argentina Boca Juniors Recopa Sudamericana
Apertura 2005 Argentina Boca Juniors Primera Division Argentina
2005 Argentina Boca Juniors Copa Sudamericana
Clausura 2006 Argentina Boca Juniors Primera Division Argentina
2006 Argentina Boca Juniors Recopa Sudamericana


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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Luis Alberto Cubilla
South American Coach of the Year
Succeeded by
Tele Santana
Preceded by
First winner
FIFA Confederations Cup winning manager
Succeeded by
Denmark Richard Møller Nielsen


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