Alfio Basile

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Alfio Basile
Basile masterclass 2013.jpg
Basile during a master class in 2013.
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-11-01) November 1, 1943 (age 75)
Place of birth Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Playing position Centre-back
Youth career
Bella Vista de Bahía Blanca
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1964–1970 Racing Club 163 (19)
1971–1975 Huracán 97 (4)
National team
1968–1973 Argentina 8 (1)
Teams managed
1975–1976 Chacarita Juniors
1976 Rosario Central
1978 Racing Club
1979 Racing de Córdoba
1980 Instituto de Córdoba
1981 Racing de Córdoba
1982 Huracán
1982 Nacional
1983 Racing de Córdoba
1983 Talleres de Córdoba
1984–1986 Vélez Sársfield
1986–1989 Racing Club
1989–1990 Vélez Sársfield
1991–1994 Argentina
1995 Atlético de Madrid
1996–1997 Racing Club
1998 San Lorenzo
2000–2001 América
2004 Colón de Santa Fe
2005–2006 Boca Juniors
2006–2008 Argentina
2009–2010 Boca Juniors
2012 Racing Club

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Alfio Basile (born 1 November 1943 in Bahía Blanca), nicknamed Coco, is an Argentine football coach and former player. He most recently coached Racing Club de Avellaneda.

Playing career

Basile during his tenure on Racing Club de Avellaneda, 1966.
Basile in a meeting with Amado Boudou, 2012.

As a player, Basile was most famous for being the steady anchor of the Racing Club and Huracán championship teams.

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 César Luis Menotti. 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 División Argentina
1967 Argentina Racing Club Copa Libertadores
1967 Argentina Racing Club Intercontinental Cup
1973 Metropolitano Argentina Huracán Primera División 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 América, one FIFA Confederations Cup and one Artemio Franchi Trophy 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 14, 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 historic defeat that Argentina suffered against Chile in the World Cup qualifiers, Basile tended his resignation.[3] This eventually paved the road to the 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 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 arch rivals River Plate during a summer tournament at Mar del Plata, he resigned on 21 January 2010.[6]

On 26 December 2011, Basile returned to Racing Club for his fourth spell as their coach, taking over from Diego Simeone.[7]

Titles as a manager

Season Club Title
1988 Argentina Racing Club Supercopa Sudamericana
1991 Argentina Argentina Copa América
1992 Argentina Argentina FIFA Confederations Cup
1993 Argentina Argentina Artemio Franchi Trophy
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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