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Manuel Giúdice

Manuel Giúdice
Full nameManuel Ernesto Giúdice
Date of birth(1918-07-15)15 July 1918
Place of birthCórdoba, Argentina
Date of death27 June 1983(1983-06-27) (aged 64)
Place of deathBuenos Aires, Argentina
Playing positionMidfielder
Senior career*
1945–1947River Plate
1949–1951Deportivo Cali
Teams managed
1966Rosario Central
1968Vélez Sarsfield
1969San Lorenzo

Manuel Giúdice (1918–1983) was an Argentine football player and manager. He is mainly known for his successful managing spell at the helm of the Argentine powerhouse Club Atlético Independiente in the mid 1960s.


Born in Córdoba, Giúdice first started playing at several clubs in his home town. In 1939 he transferred to the Buenos Aires-based Club Atlético Huracán and joined a team that featured Emilio Baldonedo, Herminio Masantonio and Carlos Marinelli and which finished third in the 1939 Argentine top level season. The same team won the Copa Adrián C. Escobar in 1942 and 1943, and the George VI British Competition Cup in 1944.

In 1945 Giúdice joined River Plate, with players such as Aristóbulo Deambrosi, Alfredo Di Stéfano, José Manuel Moreno, and Ángel Labruna. Giúdice won the Argentine championship with River Plate in 1945.

In 1947 he left River Plate to join Club Atlético Platense, but following a 1948 players' strike which forced many of the great figures of Argentine football to emigrate to other countries, Giúdice moved on to Colombia and signed for Deportivo Cali in 1949. He ended his playing career in 1951.

He then turned to coaching and successfully managed Independiente, leading them to 1963 and 1970 national league titles. In 1968 he won the Argentine championship with Vélez Sarsfield, the club's first national title. But his greatest success was winning the 1964 and 1965 Copa Libertadores cups with, also finishing as runners-up in the 1964 and 1964 Intercontinental Cups, losing both times to Inter Milan, at the time coached by fellow Argentine Helenio Herrera.

In his later years he coached Nueva Chicago and Atlético Tucumán in the Argentine second level.