José Luis Brown
Brown in 2006
|Full name||José Luis Brown|
|Date of birth||10 November 1956|
|Place of birth||Ranchos, Argentina|
|Height||1.83 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1996||Boca Juniors (assistant)|
|2003–2004||Estudiantes LP (youth)|
|2007–2008||Ferro Carril Oeste|
|2013||Ferro Carril Oeste|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Most of his 14-year professional career was spent with Estudiantes, for which he appeared in more than 300 official matches and won two major titles. He also competed professionally in Colombia, France and Spain.
Nicknamed Tata, Brown represented the Argentine national team at the 1986 World Cup and three Copa América tournaments, winning the former and scoring in the final. In 1995, he began working as a manager.
Born in Ranchos, Buenos Aires, Brown was a descendant of Scotsman James Brown who emigrated from Greenock in 1825. He spent his first years as a senior with Estudiantes de La Plata, scoring an astonishing 17 goals in a combined 69 matches as the club won the Metropolitano and Nacional in the 1982 and 1983 editions of the Primera División, respectively.
After two years in Colombia with Atlético Nacional, Brown played in quick succession for Boca Juniors and Deportivo Español back in his homeland, moving abroad again in 1986 after signing with Ligue 1 side Stade Brestois 29. The following year he joined Spain's Real Murcia on a two-year contract, making his La Liga debut on 30 August 1987 in a 0–1 away loss against CA Osasuna.
Brown retired from football in late 1989 at the age of 33, after some months with Racing Club de Avellaneda.
Brown won 36 caps for Argentina since making his first appearance in 1983, being selected for the 1983, 1987 and 1989 Copa América tournaments and helping the national team to the third place in the latter. He was also picked for the 1986 FIFA World Cup by manager Carlos Bilardo, as a last-minute addition: in spite of a serious knee injury contracted two years earlier that had not still fully healed, he was chosen to start ahead of ageing Daniel Passarella, being informed by the coach on the day before the opener. He went on to play all the games and minutes in Mexico, netting his only international goal in the final against West Germany after a free kick by Jorge Burruchaga (eventual 3–2 win); in the last minutes he injured his shoulder, but refused to be substituted.
After retiring, Brown worked as an assistant for different managers, including Oscar Ruggeri at San Lorenzo de Almagro and Bilardo at Boca Juniors. His first head coach experience arrived in 1995 at the helm of lowly Los Andes de Lomas de Zamora, and five years later he was appointed at newly promoted Club Almagro with another former national teammate, Héctor Enrique.
After one season the duo moved to Club Atlético Nueva Chicago, but had to resign after only 11 matches due to poor results. In 2002, Brown was hired by Club Blooming in Bolivia, again being fired early into his tenure.
Brown again reunited with Bilardo in 2003–04, being in charge of Estudiantes' youth sides. In the following years, in quick succession, he was in charge of Atlético de Rafaela, Almagro, Club Sportivo Ben Hur and Club Ferro Carril Oeste.
In December 2007, Brown became coach of the Argentine under-17 team as Sergio Batista was put at the helm of the under-20s. As the latter's assistant at the 2008 Summer Olympics the country won the gold medal, and the pair later joined Diego Maradona's staff at the full side.
Brown led Argentina under-17s to the second place at the 2009 South American Football Championship, with the subsequent qualification to the World Cup of the category, which ended with a round-of-16 exit at the hands of Colombia. In March 2013 he returned to Ferro Carril, with the club still in Primera B Nacional.
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