Alfio Basile (born 1 November 1943 in Bahía Blanca), nicknamed Coco, is an Argentine football coach 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.
Basile during a master class in 2013.
|Date of birth||1 November 1943|
|Place of birth||Bahía Blanca, Argentina|
|Bella Vista de Bahía Blanca|
|1979||Racing de Córdoba|
|1980||Instituto de Córdoba|
|1981||Racing de Córdoba|
|1983||Racing de Córdoba|
|1983||Talleres de Córdoba|
|1995||Atlético de Madrid|
|2004||Colón de Santa Fe|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
The last team managed by Basile was Racing Club de Avellaneda, which he left in 2012.
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.
|“||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 |
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, 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 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.
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. This eventually paved the road to the appointment of Diego Maradona as national team coach. 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. 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.
On 26 December 2011, Basile returned to Racing Club for his fourth spell as their coach, taking over from Diego Simeone. 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.
Since his departure from Racing, Basile has not managed any team, stating he is "retired" from the activity. 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.
- Racing Club
- Racing Club
- Argentina national team
- Boca Juniors
- Basile, un rebelde en "la cueva" by Héctor Onésime on El Gráfico, 1965
- "The NYTimes - WORLD CUP '94: Argentine Coach Set To Resign"
- "CNN -Basile Unhappy About West Ham Pair"
- "BBC - Basile resigns as Argentina coach"
- "BBC - Maradona named as Argentina coach"
- Alfio Basile could replace Carlos Ischia at Boca Juniors
- Boca Juniors coach Basile quits, replaced by Alves USA Today, accessed on 22 January 2010
- Racing Club appoint Alfio Basile as new coach goal.com, accessed on 26 December 2011
- Basile: "Cuando Teo sacó la máquina, no quedó nadie", Clarín, 25 Jul 2013
- Las confesiones del Coco Basile: qué pasó en el Mundial 94 y su salida de la selección en 2008, La Nación, 23 Jan 2015
- Llegan los "Buenos Muchachos" a la pantalla de C5N, MinutoUno, 19 Apr 2013