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Daniel Passarella
Personal information
Full name Daniel Alberto Passarella
Date of birth May 25, 1953 (1953-05-25) (age 56)
Place of birth    Chacabuco, Argentina
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club River Plate (president)
Youth career
1968–1971 Argentinos Juniors
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1971–1973
1974–1982
1982–1986
1986–1988
1988–1989
Sarmiento
River Plate
Fiorentina
Internazionale
River Plate
Total
036 00(9)
226 0(90)
109 0(26)
044 00(9)
032 00(9)
447 (140)   
National team2
1974–1986 Argentina 070 0(22)
Teams managed
1989–1994
1994–1998
1999–2001
2001
2002–2004
2005
2006–2007
River Plate
Argentina
Uruguay
Parma
Monterrey
Corinthians
River Plate

1 Senior club appearances and goals
counted for the domestic league only and
correct as of 21 October 2005.
2 National team caps and goals correct
as of 21 October 2005.
* Appearances (Goals)

Daniel Alberto Passarella (born 25 May 1953 in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires province) is a former Argentine football centre back and former manager of the Argentine and Uruguayan national football teams. He was captain of the Argentina team that won the 1978 World Cup. He's currently the President of River Plate.

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Club playing career

Passarella started his career at Sarmiento of Junin, Buenos Aires province. From there he joined River Plate, then Fiorentina of Italy and briefly, Internazionale. After his successful spell in the Serie A, he returned to River Plate, where he played until his retirement.

He was called "El Gran Capitán" (the great captain) or "El Kaiser" (an allusion to Franz Beckenbauer) because of his leadership ability, his passion, and his organisation prowess on the field. He was a defender who often joined the attack, and helped generate and finish offensive plays. At some point, he became football's top scoring defender, with 134 goals in 451 matches (that record was since broken by Dutch defender Ronald Koeman).[1]

His aerial game was effective both defensively and in attack. He scored frequently on headers in spite of his average height (1.73 m). He was a quality free kick and penalty shooter. He was also noted for using his elbows against rivals whilst managing to avoid the referee's gaze.

National team playing career

One of the pillars of the Argentine national team, he eventually captained the side during the 1978 World Cup held in Argentina. He was the first Argentine player to hold the World Cup, as it was handed to him first when Argentina won the final. During the qualifying rounds of the 1986 World Cup, Passarella contributed to the goal which ensured Argentina's qualification in the final minutes of their match against Peru by allowing team-mate Ricardo Gareca to score.

A bout of enterocolitis meant that he missed the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He was replaced in the first team by defender José Luis Brown. Passarella had a fractious relationship with star player Diego Maradona and coach Carlos Bilardo during the tournament; he later claimed Bilardo and Maradona made sure that he was sidelined. Even so, by being a part of the squad, he became the only player to feature in both Argentina's World Cup-winning teams.

Coaching career

After his playing days were over, he became the coach of River Plate, where he won several national titles.

Appointed as coach of the Argentine national team to replace Alfio Basile, Passarella was coach during the qualification games for the 1998 World Cup and during the competition itself, which was held in France. Passarella held to close friend Américo Gallego as assistant coach. Argentina's performances never reached the expected heights, and the team was eliminated in the quarter-finals after a last minute 2-1 defeat to the Netherlands. After the elimination, Passarella left the post and was replaced by Marcelo Bielsa.

Passarella then became coach of Uruguay, but he left the post during the qualifying games for the 2002 FIFA World Cup, after having problems summoning players from Uruguayan sides.

After that episode, Passarella had a brief and unsuccessful period as coach of Parma in Italy in 2001.

In 2003, he won the Mexican football league title with the team CF Monterrey. In March 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers. He was then hired as coach of Corinthians in Brazil, but was fired after a few months after a spell of bad results.

Some character issues associated with the "Kaiser" have irked the Argentine press and fans over the years.[2] Some examples include:

  • When coaching the Argentine national team, Passarella made it known that he would not tolerate long hair and earrings. This provided a soap-opera-like quality to his (otherwise acceptable) relationship with stars like Gabriel Batistuta and Juan Sebastián Verón.[3][4][5]

On 9 January 2006, he was appointed River Plate coach again after 12 years to occupy the vacancy left by Reinaldo Merlo's sudden departure. On 15 November 2007, he resigned as coach after their shock defeat to Arsenal de Sarandí in the semi-finals of the Copa Sudamericana 2007.

Career statistics

Club performance League Cup League Cup Continental Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1974 River Plate Primera División 22 5
1975 29 9
1976 35 24
1977 40 13
1978 19 4
1979 38 9
1980 41 12
1981 42 14
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Europe Total
1982-83 Fiorentina Serie A 27 3
1983-84 27 7
1984-85 26 5
1985-86 29 11
1986-87 Internazionale Serie A 23 3
1987-88 21 6
Argentina League Cup League Cup South America Total
1988-89 River Plate Primera División 32 9
Total Argentina 298 99
Italy 153 35
Career Total 451 134

Honours

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As Player

Passarella

Primera División Argentina - 1975, 1977, 1979, 1981
1978 World Cup
1986 World Cup

As Manager

References

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Sporting positions
Preceded by
West Germany Franz Beckenbauer
(West Germany)
FIFA World Cup
winning captain

1978
Succeeded by
Italy Dino Zoff
(Italy)
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Colombia Hernán Darío Gómez
South American Coach of the Year
1997
Succeeded by
Argentina Carlos Bianchi

Simple English

Daniel Passarella
Personal information
Full name Daniel Passarella
Date of birth 25 May 1953 (1953-05-25) (age 57)
Place of birth    Chacabuco, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 8+12 in)
Playing position Defender (retired)
Senior clubs
Years Club
1971-1973
1973-1982
1982-1986
1986-1988
1988-1989
Sarmiento
River Plate
Fiorentina
Internazionale Milano
River Plate
National team
1976-1986 Argentina
Teams managed
1989-1994
1994-1998
1999-2001
2001
2002-2004
2005
2006-2007
River Plate
Argentina
Uruguay
Parma
Monterrey
Corinthians Paulista
River Plate

Daniel Passarella (born 25 May 1953) is a former Argentine football player. He has played for Argentina national team.

Club career statistics

[1]

Club Performance League
SeasonClubLeague AppsGoals
ArgentinaLeague
1972Sarmiento00
1973369
1974River PlatePrimera División225
1975299
19763524
19774013
1978194
1979389
19804112
19814214
198200
ItalyLeague
1982/83FiorentinaSerie A273
1983/84277
1984/85265
1985/862911
1986/87Internazionale MilanoSerie A233
1987/88216
ArgentinaLeague
1988/89River PlatePrimera División329
CountryArgentina 334108
Italy 15335
Total 487143

International career statistics

[2]

Argentina national team
YearAppsGoals
Total7022

References


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