Daniel Passarella

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About Daniel Passarella 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.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 scored the goal which ensured Argentina's qualification in the final minutes of their match against Peru. 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 FIFA World Cup 2002 Korea/Japan, after having problems summoning players from Uruguayan sides. After that episode, Passarella had a brief and unsuccessful period as coach of Italian side Parma F.C. during 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 hired as coach of Corinthians, 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. Some examples: * 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. * As national coach, Passarella would invent excuses for lost matches. After a loss to Ecuador on June 2 1996, he said that "in the height of Quito, the ball won't curve" On January 9, 2006 he was appointed River Plate coach again after 12 years to occupy the vacancy left by Reinaldo Merlo's sudden departure. On November 15, 2007 he resigned as coach of River Plate after their shock defeat by Arsenal de Sarandí in the semi finals of the Copa Sudamericana

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Rank Name Total
257. Theofanis Gekas 193
258. Mehdi Mahdavikia 189
259. Jerzy Dudek 187
260. Dejan Petković 185
261. Daniel Passarella 180
262. Alan Shearer 179
263. Florin Răducioiu 173
264. Dorin Goian 172
265. K. Rajagopal 172

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