Daniel Alberto Passarella (born 25 May 1953) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a centre back, and former manager of the Argentina and Uruguay national football teams. He was captain of the Argentina team that won the 1978 World Cup. He was president of the River Plate sports club for four years after winning the elections by a very close margin in December 2009. 
|Full name||Daniel Alberto Passarella|
|Date of birth||25 May 1953|
|Place of birth||Chacabuco, Argentina|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|Position(s)||Centre back, sweeper|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Considered the greatest South America defender of all time, Passarella was also a proficient goalscorer; at one point he was football's top scoring defender, with 134 goals in 451 matches, a record subsequently broken by Dutch defender Ronald Koeman. In 2004, Passarella was named one of the 125 Greatest Living Footballers at a FIFA Awards Ceremony. In 2007, The Times placed him at number 36 in their list of the 50 hardest footballers in history. In 2017 he has been included in the FourFourTwo list of the 100 all-time greatest players, at the 56th position.
Passarella was born in Chacabuco, Buenos Aires Province. He started his career at Sarmiento of Junin, Buenos Aires province. From there he joined River Plate, where he became one of the best Argentinian defenders of his period, and started to be chosen in the Argentinian national team.
After his good performances at the 1982 World Cup, in 1982 he joined Fiorentina of Italy, where he scored the goal record for a defender in one season (11 in 1986) in the Italian Serie A; his record remained until 2001, when he was beaten by Marco Materazzi.
He was called "El Gran Capitán" (the Great Captain, nickname of Argentine independence hero José de San Martín),"El Kaiser" (an allusion to Franz Beckenbauer) or "El Caudillo" (the Chief) because of his leadership ability, his passion, and his organisational prowess on the field. He was a defender who often joined the attack, and helped generate and finish offensive plays. He was the top scoring defender, with 134 goals in 451 matches, a record since broken by Dutch defender Ronald Koeman.
His aerial game was effective both defensively and in attack. He scored frequent headers in spite of his average height (1.73 m). He was an excellent free kick and penalty shooter. He was also noted for using his elbows against rivals whilst managing to avoid the referee's gaze. Passarella and Chilean Elías Figueroa are considered the best South America defenders.
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 contributed to the goal which ensured Argentina's qualification in the final minutes of their match against Peru by allowing teammate Ricardo Gareca to score.
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 captain 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.
Prior to his departure from the 1986 squad, it was revealed by Maradona that Passarella, while playing for Fiorentina, would go to Monaco to carry on an affair with the wife of another player, then boast about it in the changing rooms.
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. Passarella had banned long hair, earrings and homosexuals in his squad, leading to disputes with several players. Fernando Redondo and Claudio Caniggia eventually refused to play for Passarella and were excluded from the squad. 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.
In 2003, he won the Mexican football league title with the team C.F. Monterrey. In March 2004, he was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers. He was then hired as coach of Corinthians in Brazil, but was fired after a few months after a spell of bad results.
On 9 January 2006, he was appointed River Plate coach again after 12 years to occupy the vacancy left by Reinaldo Merlo's sudden departure. On 15 November 2007, he resigned as coach after River was beaten by penalties by Arsenal de Sarandí in the semi-finals of the 2007 Copa Sudamericana.
In the summer of 2018, after publicly expressing interest in returning he was widely seen as the frontrunner to become the new manager of CF Monterrey for a second stint after the departure of Antonio Mohamed but the club ultimately decided to appoint Diego Alonso.
|River Plate||1974||Primera División||22||5||–||–||22||5|
|River Plate||1988–89||Primera División||32||9||–||–||32||9|
- Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first, score column indicates score after each Passarella goal.
|1||28 October 1976||Lima, Peru||Peru||2–1||3–1||Friendly|
|2||10 November 1976||José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Peru||1–0||1–0|
|3||5 June 1977||La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina||West Germany||1–3||1–3|
|4||18 June 1977||La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Scotland||1–1||1–1|
|5||3 July 1977||La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Yugoslavia||1–0||1–0|
|6||23 March 1978||Nacional, Lima, Peru||Peru||2–0||3–1|
|7||5 April 1978||La Bombonera, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Romania||1–0||2–0|
|9||6 June 1978||Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina||France||1–0||2–1||1978 FIFA World Cup|
|10||25 April 1979||Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Bulgaria||2–1||2–1||Friendly|
|11||26 May 1979||Olimpico, Rome, Italy||Italy||2–2||2–2|
|12||8 August 1979||Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Bolivia||1–0||3–0||1979 Copa América|
|13||23 August 1979||Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Brazil||1–1||2–2|
|14||16 September 1979||Crvena Zvezda, Belgrade, Yugoslavia||Yugoslavia||1–3||2–4||Friendly|
|15||13 May 1980||Wembley, London, England||England||1–2||1–3|
|16||12 October 1980||Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Poland||1–0||2–1|
|17||16 December 1980||Olímpico Chateau Carreras, Córdoba, Argentina||Switzerland||5–0||5–0|
|18||28 October 1981||Monumental, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Poland||1–0||1–2|
|19||5 May 1982||José Amalfitani, Buenos Aires, Argentina||Bulgaria||2–1||2–1|
|20||23 June 1982||José Rico Pérez, Alicante, Spain||El Salvador||1–0||2–0||1982 FIFA World Cup|
|21||29 June 1982||Sarrià, Barcelona, Spain||Italy||1–2||1–2|
|22||26 May 1985||Polideportivo de Pueblo Nuevo, San Cristóbal, Venezuela||Venezuela||2–1||3–2||1986 FIFA World Cup qualification|
- Primera División (6): 1975 Metropolitano, 1975 Nacional, 1977 Metropolitano, 1979 Metropolitano, 1979 Nacional, 1980 Metropolitano, 1981 Nacional
- Footballer of the Year of Argentina: 1976
- FIFA World Cup All-Star Team: 1978
- FIFA 100: 2004
- Golden Foot Legends Award: 2015
- AFA Team of All Time (published 2015)
- World Soccer: The 100 Greatest Footballers of All Time
- Fiorentina All-time XI
- Mexican Primera División: Clausura 2003
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|World Cup-winners status|
| Latest Born Captain
25 June 1978 – 29 June 1986
| Youngest Captain
25 June 1978 – present
|Wikimedia Commons has media related to Daniel Passarella.|
- Daniel Passarella – FIFA competition record (archived)
- Daniel Passarella at National-Football-Teams.com
- Daniel Passarella at Soccerbase
- Biography at Planetworldcup.com
- IFFHS Top Division Goal Scorers of all time among defensive players
- Comprehensive season stats at RSSSF
- Futbol Factory profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 20 October 2007) (in Spanish)
- Profile and Statistics at Futbolistasblogspotcom.blogspot.com (in Spanish)