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Juan Carlos Lorenzo

Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Full nameJuan Carlos Lorenzo
Date of birth(1922-10-10)October 10, 1922
Place of birthBuenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death14 November 2001(2001-11-14) (aged 79)
Playing positionMidfielder/Striker
Senior career*
1940–1945Chacarita Juniors79(20)
1945–1947Boca Juniors25(8)
1952–1953F.C. Nancy
1954–1957Atlético Madrid
1957–1958Rayo Vallecano
1958RCD Mallorca
Teams managed
1958–1960RCD Mallorca
1961–1962San Lorenzo
1965San Lorenzo
1966River Plate
1967RCD Mallorca
1972San Lorenzo
1973–1975Atlético Madrid
1975–1976Unión de Santa Fe
1976–1979Boca Juniors
1980Racing Club
1981Argentinos Juniors
1981–1982San Lorenzo
1982–1983Vélez Sársfield
1984Independiente Santa Fe
1985San Lorenzo
1987Boca Juniors

Juan Carlos ("Toto") Lorenzo (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxwaŋ ˈkarlos loˈɾenso]; 22 October 1922 in Buenos Aires – 14 November 2001 in Buenos Aires) was an Argentine football player and coach. He is an icon for Boca Juniors fans, as he coached the club to its first two Copa Libertadores titles.


In his teens, Lorenzo played for Chacarita Juniors, and made his professional debut in 1940. He was transferred to Boca Juniors in 1945, and after two years he joined Italian side Sampdoria team, where he remained until 1952. His next clubs would be now-defunct French F.C. Nancy, and Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, and RCD Mallorca, where in 1958 he was coach and player. Then, he quit play but remained as coach.

In the next two seasons, Lorenzo achieved a rare feat: Mallorca was promoted from third to second division and to first division in consecutive years. Mallorca fans still cherish Lorenzo's achievement.

Influenced by Argentine-Italian Helenio Herrera and riding the wave of his success in Spain, Lorenzo coached Argentina's San Lorenzo in 1961, and coached the Argentina national football team in the 1962 FIFA World Cup. Back to Europe, he coached Lazio to Italian first division, and coached AS Roma in 1964. After coaching again the Argentine team for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, he would then return to Mallorca, then returned Lazio to first division, and won his first Argentine title with San Lorenzo in 1972.

In 1973 Lorenzo went to Atlético Madrid, who went on to win the league title and lose the 1974 European Cup final to Bayern Munich. Back in Argentina, he coached recently promoted Unión de Santa Fe in 1975. The next year, he returned to Boca Juniors amid great pressure (rivals River Plate had just won back-to-back titles), and started one of the most successful periods in the history of the club. In his four-year tenure, Lorenzo and Boca took two local and three international titles, including the Intercontinental Cup 1977 (played in 1978).

Lorenzo's Boca was anchored by goalkeeper Hugo Gatti, a longtime Boca fan who fulfilled his dream of playing for Boca, and went on to become the player with most appearances in Argentine football history. In the defense, Vicente Pernía in the right and Alberto Tarantini in the left complemented centrals Francisco Sá and Roberto Mouzo. In the center field, reinforcements such as Jorge Ribolzi and Mario Zanabria played alongside veteran Boca players like Benítez and Suñé. The attacking line was based on the speed of Ernesto Mastrángelo and Luis Darío Felman.

After that cycle, Lorenzo coached a number of different clubs with less success, including Racing Club, Argentinos Juniors, San Lorenzo, Vélez Sársfield, Atlanta, and Lazio, to return to Boca Juniors in 1987. But his second stint with Boca was brief, and Lorenzo finally retired from coaching.

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