Football in Argentina is in pain: César Luis Menotti passed away

At the tender age od 85, El Flaco, the 1978 Olympic champion for Argentina, passed away.

César Luis Menotti passed away at the age of 85, leaving Argentine football fans in sadness. The director of national teams who assisted Lionel Scaloni in his achievement that resulted in the title in Qatar 2022 and the former technical director of Argentina, champions in 1978, have left an enduring legacy through their organisation, which he helped build, and their style and philosophy.

Menotti, the technical director, is credited with winning the first World Cup for the Argentine team in October 1974. His long-term work during a period of institutional instability in the nation and the AFA caused the first major national football rift in his disputes with Carlos Bilardo since 1982. Menotti also forged one of the greatest casts in history with the Huracán about ’73, which included memorable quotes about various player types that many remembered. When Menotti began his coaching

For those who enjoy pointing out inconsistencies in a figure who stood so firmly for all of his beliefs—be they political, artistic, or football—Menotti was born in Rosario on October 22, 1938, although his ID indicates that he was actually born on the fifth of November, a few days later, as his dad took some time to register him.

Menotti insists that if he is nicknamed “Cito,” it is because someone has known him since he was little. However, he is unsure if the nickname originated from “Cesarsito” or if it is a tribute to the legendary player Vicente Zito. In the 1930s Racing Club, a player on the squad that is remembered as “Bordadora,” the forward that his father Antonio much adored and who passed away in 1955 at the age of sixteen.

Afterwards, he sought safety in the home of his Fisherton neighbourhood pals, Agustín (the communist representative of La Fraternidad) and Chacho Rena. “They took care of me; they made me attend my lessons even though I had stopped attending to school; I dressed in suits, styled my hair like Gardel, and socialised with senior citizens.

He was persuaded to join the Communist Party by “Chacho” Rena. “I was a Peronist, involved in the community, and I inscribed Perón Vuelve’s message on the walls after ’55. One day, however, Chacho murdered me, saying, ‘See where Perón went? He went to Panama with a dictator, then to Paraguay with another dictator, and then to Spain with Franco. That says something to you, doesn’t it?And he murdered me,’ he once remarked.

Antonio, the sole son, was a talented athlete and dancer who lost his battle with smoking at the early age of 51. Antonio had competed against some of Rosario’s top boxers. Menotti said that internal party strife was the reason for Peronist’s house being fired at twice. As a precaution, we mentally prepared ourselves to lie on the floor as my old dad turned on the light.

March 7, 1983, during César Luis Menotti’s first training session at FC Barcelona with player Diego Armando Maradona (EFE/Archive)

Basketball was his childhood sport at the Unión Americana Social and Sports club. “I went home crying after watching a Hugo del Carril film about the life of Argentine guitarist and payador Betinotti.” He became enraged one day when they elevated the fields for the dances, so he scribbled “jets” on one of the walls and the police came to seek for him. “Behaving like I was asking, ‘why me?'” “Because your handwriting matches the one on your admissions application and you are the only person tall enough to enter.” He had thirty days to respond. He said, “We were a band that caused trouble when we thought something wasn’t right.”

Rio Central club Newell’s Old Boys were where they constantly went hunting for him, but “my old man kicked them out.” While I played Sunday local leagues and earned 1000 pesos, my friend who worked hard on the railway only made 800. I used to stand on the fence next to my idol, Alejandro Mur, who was a great supporter of Central. I switched sides in the second half to have a closer look at it,” he stated in an interview.

Although his attempt with Huracán and Velez went well, neither was able to reimburse him for the fees he was charging in the Rosario leagues. After he played a game with the Totoras little school, Rosario Central showed up and offered him 2,500 pesos a month (he lied and said he was paid 2,000 in the Leagues). My mother began to cry as soon as I informed her about it, acting if I had reached the moon. “She led me to the pitch by the hand; she and my dad were Central supporters.” There, he grew close to the Gipsy. An older Miguel Antonio Juárez by ten years. With Luppi by DT, the actor’s father Federico, he made his Central debut. Boca was defeated 3-1 by us. He recounted, “We played with the red shirt because President Flynn said that it was better that way since Independiente had him as a son of Boca.”

Menotti described his style of play as “kind of capricious,” throwing himself against the left line when things didn’t go well for him. When they started hurling balls, I became enraged. When we were down to ten against Banfield in Boca, Antonio Rattín yelled to me, “Flaco, go down to help, run!” To which I replied, “The only thing missing is that I have to go down and run.” You take off running. Rattín subsequently told me everything in the locker room. He was an elegant, talented player who could hit really hard mid-range shots; yet, he explained to us why he hadn’t advanced farther. “Shitty football,” when fighting teams became popular, was the worst time to watch Argentine football.

His only six Reserve games came during his 1960 debut with Rosario Central, where he played for four years before relocating to Racing in 1964 and Boca in 1965. When Boca lost the Mohamed Cup in Morocco in 1967, he missed a penalty against Real Madrid, which the charismatic president of Xeneize, Alberto J. Armando, never forgot. He moved to the United States to play for The Generals of New York in 1967, and in 1968 he went to Brazil to play for Pelé’s Santos, winning the São Paulo championship.

He was there for two years and in 1970, he moved to Juventus de San Pablo, where he retired and that same year he started as an assistant to his friend Juárez, at Newell’s. In reality, they offered the position of DT to him, who had a car agency in Rosario, because he was known to President Valenti, but he did not accept and proposed Juárez, who worked in Platense. They ended up putting together a great team with “Mono” Obberti, Chazarreta, Mario Zanabria and Ramón Cabrero. The basis of which he would become champion two years later.

Rinaldi and Tapia with César Luis Menotti prior to the 1987 match against Argentinos Juniors

He played for the Argentina national team as well. He made his Lipton Cup debut on August 15, 1962, against Uruguay. He went on to compete in the Bolivian Sudamericano (now known as Copa América) in 1963 and continued to do so until 1968.

His career as a coach would take a drastic turn in 1972 when he was called up to lead the Huracán team. There, he worked with elite players like Miguel Brindisi and Carlos Babington, as well as veterans like Jorge Carrascosa, Alfio Basile, and Roque Avallay, a gifted midfielder named Omar Larrosa, and most importantly, a very talented right forward named René Houseman who had been promoted from Defensores de Belgrano.

In a period of great uncertainty, the Huracán squad not only won the first professional championship in the club’s history, the Metropolitano in 1973, but they also played such outstanding football that Menotti was selected for the national team in 1974 following the World Cup in West Germany. institutional and political in both the nation and the AFA.

When Argentine football was given the opportunity to host a World Cup in 1978, it decided to embark on a longer-term project. Menotti suggested going back to the drawing board, but with a new dynamic in the game. He suggested scouting players across the nation, working with the youth players, and attempting to deter the stars from leaving for a while so that they could be used to build a base team.

Consequently, its cycle started on October 12, 1974, at the Monumental, with a friendly match against Spain that ended in a 1-1 draw. In the previous match, a group of adolescents had posed with signs that said, “Welcome to “Argentina is powerful,” each with one letter. Three months prior, Juan Domingo Perón had passed away. Less than a year later, the nation would descend into darkness. Menotti believed that his vision was coming to an end there because of the coup d’état and the AFA’s modifications.

He was on the verge of quitting as national team coach due to issues with the regime. Once, after David Bracutto and Paulino Niembro, the AFA’s leaders, had gone, Alfredo Cantilo took over as director, and the new football leader informed César, “Look, César, the only serious thing here is this folder that you prepared.” “Hold on, let’s give it a little time.” “With the exception of Ferro, who was from Opus Dei, Cantilo had won every vote, and I exclaimed, ‘My God!'” After three days, though, he shook my hand and assured me that every page in this folder would be treated with respect.

and he followed through. Later, in 1979, Julio Grondona informed me that I had to remain the technical director of the AFA in order for him to be able to serve as president. He said to me, “You and I are going to change the history of Argentine football.” I detest the leader model in both politics and football equally. “I prefer driving in a participatory way more,” he said.

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