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Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Toto Lorenzo
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Date of birth 10 October 1922
Place of birth    Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death    November 14, 2001 (aged 79)
Playing position Midfielder/Striker
Senior career1
Years Club App (Gls)*
1940-1945
1945-1947
1947-1952
1952-1953
1954-1957
1957-1958
1958
Chacarita Juniors
Boca Juniors
Sampdoria
F.C. Nancy
Atlético Madrid
Rayo Vallecano
RCD Mallorca
79 (20)
25 0(8)
77 (19)   
Teams managed
1958-1960
1961
1962
1962-1964
1964-1965
1966
1966
1967
1968-1971
1972
1973-1975
1975-1976
1976-1979
1980
1981
1982
1982-1983
1983
1984-1985
1987
RCD Mallorca
San Lorenzo
Argentina
Lazio
Roma
Argentina
River Plate
RCD Mallorca
Lazio
San Lorenzo
Atlético Madrid
Unión de Santa Fe
Boca Juniors
Racing Club
Argentinos Juniors
San Lorenzo
Vélez Sársfield
Atlanta
Lazio
Boca Juniors

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

Juan Carlos ("Toto") Lorenzo (22 October 1922, Buenos Aires – 14 November 2001, Buenos Aires) was an Argentine football player and coach. He is an icon for Boca Juniors fans, as he coached the club to its first two Copa Libertadores titles.

Biography

In his teens, Lorenzo played for Chacarita Juniors, and made his professional debut in 1940. He was transferred to Boca Juniors in 1945, and after two years he joined Italian side Sampdoria team, where he remained until 1952. His next clubs would be now-defunct French F.C. Nancy, and Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, and RCD Mallorca, where in 1958 he was coach and player. Then, he quit play but remained as coach.

In the next two seasons, Lorenzo achieved a rare feat: Mallorca was promoted from third to second division and to first division in consecutive years. Mallorca fans still cherish Lorenzo's achievement.

Influenced by Argentine-Italian Helenio Herrera and riding the wave of his success in Spain, Lorenzo coached Argentina's San Lorenzo in 1961, and coached the Argentina national football team in the 1962 FIFA World Cup. Back to Europe, he coached Lazio to Italian first division, and coached AS Roma in 1964. After coaching again the Argentine team for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, he would then return to Mallorca, then returned Lazio to first division, and won his first Argentine title with San Lorenzo in 1972.

In 1973 Lorenzo went to Atlético Madrid, who went on to win the league title and lose the 1974 European Cup final to Bayern Munich. Back in Argentina, he coached recently-promoted Unión de Santa Fe in 1975. The next year, he returned to Boca Juniors amid great pressure (rivals River Plate had just won back-to-back titles), and started one of the most successful periods in the history of the club. In his four-year tenure, Lorenzo and Boca took two local and three international titles, including the Intercontinental Cup 1977 (played in 1978).

Lorenzo's Boca was anchored by goalkeeper Hugo Gatti, a longtime Boca fan who fulfilled his dream of playing for Boca, and went on to become the player with most appearances in Argentine football history. In the defense, Vicente Pernía in the right and Alberto Tarantini in the left complemented centrals Francisco Sá and Roberto Mouzo. In the center field, reinforcements such as Jorge Ribolzi and Mario Zanabria played alongside veteran Boca players like Benítez and Suñé. The attacking line was based on the speed of Ernesto Mastrángelo and Luis Darío Felman.

After that cycle, Lorenzo coached a number of different clubs with less success, including Racing Club, Argentinos Juniors, San Lorenzo, Vélez Sársfield, Atlanta, and Lazio, to return to Boca Juniors in 1987. But his second stint with Boca was brief, and Lorenzo finally retired from coaching.

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