Alfio Basile

Alfio Basile (born 1 November 1943), nicknamed Coco, is an Argentine football manager and former player. He played for Racing Club de Avellaneda and Huracán before becoming a manager. He coached many teams during his career, being most notable the Racing Club de Avellaneda (where he won the Supercopa Libertadores, the first international title for the club since 1967), the Argentina national team (with 4 titles won) and Boca Juniors, where he won five titles in two years.

Alfio Basile
Basile masterclass 2013 (cropped).jpg
Basile in 2013
Personal information
Date of birth (1943-11-01) 1 November 1943 (age 78)
Place of birth Bahía Blanca, Argentina
Position(s) 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
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

The last team managed by Basile was Racing Club de Avellaneda, which he left in 2012.

Playing careerEdit

Basile during his tenure on Racing Club, 1966

Born in Bahía Blanca, Basile started his playing career at Club Bella Vista in his home city. From 1964 to 1970 he played for Racing Club, where he played as midfielder until the arrival of coach Juan José Pizutti, who moved him to the defensive line to play as centre-back. In that position, Basile formed a remembered defensive pair with Roberto Perfumo, winning three titles with the club, which reached its peak with the Intercontinental Cup won in 1967 to Celtic FC, the first intercontinental title for an Argentine team.

Basile totalized 186 matches with Racing Club before moving to Huracán, where he was a mainstay of the 1973 Metropolitano champions under coach César Luis Menotti. He also played for the Argentina national team. Basile retired as a player in 1975.[1]

A Racing Club member took me to the club to try there. Carlos Peucelle was the coach by then. (After passing the test) I started to play at the 7th division, then promoted to higher ones, always playing as "number 5" (central midfielder). Last year, Dellatorre hanging me debut in Primera División, in the last round of the championship v. Huracán. I played as "number 6" (centre-back)

— Basile in an interview with El Gráfico, 1965[1]

Managerial careerEdit

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.

Basile in 1991 when he was coaching the Argentina national team that won the Copa America

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 CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions 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,[2] 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 14 September 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 Tevez 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.[3]

Basile as coach of Racing Club talking with then vice-president of Argentina, Amado Boudou in Mar del Plata, January 2012

On 16 October 2008, amidst the controversy over the historic defeat that Argentina suffered against Chile in the World Cup qualifiers, Basile tendered his resignation.[4] This eventually paved the road to the appointment of Diego Maradona as national team coach.[5] As a coach, Basile had in total two tenures at the helm of the Argentina national football team, 1991–1994 and 2006–2008.

On 1 July 2009, Basile returned to Boca Juniors after three years, replacing Carlos Ischia.[6] But after a series of bad results, especially the failure to qualify for the Copa Libertadores 2010 and a crushing 3–1 defeat to archrivals River Plate during a summer tournament at Mar del Plata, he resigned on 21 January 2010.[7]

On 26 December 2011, Basile returned to Racing Club for his fourth spell as their coach, taking over from Diego Simeone.[8] One year later, he resigned after a confusing incident in the Estadio Libertadores de América's change room, with Racing forward Teo Gutiérrez being accused of pointing a gun at a teammate.[9]

Since his departure from Racing, Basile has not managed any team, stating he is "retired" from the activity.[10] Basile has occasionally appeared in some interviews and the TV show Buenos Muchachos (Good Guys) where he participated along with fellow Héctor Veira and singer Cacho Castaña.[11]



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Racing Club


Boca Juniors


External linksEdit

  • "Futbol Factory profile" (in Spanish). Archived from the original on 20 October 2007. Retrieved 29 November 2017.
  • profile