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Ramón Díaz

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Ramón Díaz
Full nameRamón Ángel Díaz
Date of birth (1959-08-29) 29 August 1959 (age 56)
Place of birthLa Rioja, Argentina
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Playing positionStriker
Club information
Current team
Paraguay (manager)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1978–1981River Plate123(57)
1982–1983Napoli25(3)
1983–1986Avellino78(22)
1986–1988Fiorentina53(17)
1988–1989Internazionale33(12)
1989–1991Monaco60(24)
1991–1993River Plate52(27)
1993–1995Yokohama Marinos75(52)
Total499(215)
National team
1979Argentina U206(8)
1979–1982Argentina22(10)
Teams managed
1995–2000River Plate
2001–2002River Plate
2004–2005Oxford United
2007–2008San Lorenzo
2008–2009América
2010–2011San Lorenzo
2011–2012Independiente
2012–2014River Plate
2014–Paraguay

Ramón Ángel Díaz (born 29 August 1959) is a former Argentine footballer and current manager of Paraguay national football team. He played for Club Atlético River Plate and coached it for three tenures which won eight titles. He is also known by the nickname of El Pelado ("Baldy").

Life and career

Díaz was born in La Rioja. He won the World Youth Cup in 1979 with the Argentina under-20 team alongside Diego Maradona. He also played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup and scored against Brazil in Argentina's 3–1 defeat. It had been rumoured that he and Maradona were involved in a feud which prevented Diaz from playing for Argentina in the 1986 and 1990 World Cups. However, this was denied by Maradona in his autobiography "El Diego", claiming that he had told the then-Argentina manager, Carlos Bilardo, that he wanted Diaz in both the 1986 and 1990 World Cup squads.[1]

Diaz played in River Plate's youth system under Norberto "El Pacha" Yacono, who recommended Diaz to his "Maquina" Teammate Angel Labruna who was coaching the senior side.

Díaz played as a forward. His opening game in the Argentine First Division was on 13 August 1978, a game where River Plate beat Colón de Santa Fe by 1–0. He scored his first goal on 30 August of that year, playing against Quilmes Atlético Club. His last game was on 13 March 1993.

Managerial career

Díaz served as the manager of River Plate between 1995 and 2003, in that time he guided the club to victory in the 1996 Copa Libertadores as well as collecting five league titles and the Supercopa Sudamericana.

Ramón Díaz served as manager of League Two English club Oxford United between 2004 and 2005, despite already having achieved considerable success in his native Argentina. At the time, Diaz told the media: "I like English football and I wanted to get first-hand experience of it...I'd seen plenty of it on television...It's also very interesting to work at this level, because it's completely different from football at the top." It was also claimed that neither Diaz nor any of his five backroom staff were being paid by Oxford United for their services.[2]

In 2007 he was appointed head coach of San Lorenzo, in the Argentine Primera. In his first season with the club he led them to the Clausura 2007 championship title, the club's first title in six years. In 2008, Diaz was confirmed as the new Club América coach. Although the club did not reveal specific details about Diaz' contract,[3] he was reportedly offered 1.5 million dollars per year including performance-related bonuses which could have taken his total earnings to 6 million dollars.[4] He was fired on 10 February 2009.

On 5 March 2012, Ramón Díaz quits Independiente, The 52-year-old coach has resigned from his position at the King of Cups, who have been struggling of late, and find themselves at the very bottom of the table. [5] Later that year he was appointed coach of River Plate for the third time.

Career statistics

Club

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Club performance League Cup League Cup Total
Season Club League Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Argentina League Cup League Cup Total
1978 River Plate Primera División 14 5 14 5
1979 22 12 22 12
1980 40 22 40 22
1981 47 18 47 18
Italy League Coppa Italia League Cup Total
1982–83 Napoli Serie A 25 3 25 3
1983–84 Avellino Serie A 24 7 24 7
1984–85 27 5 27 5
1985–86 27 10 27 10
1986–87 Fiorentina Serie A 29 10 29 10
1987–88 24 7 24 7
1988–89 Internazionale Serie A 33 12 7 1 3 2 43 15
France League Coupe de France Coupe de la Ligue Total
1989–90 Monaco Division 1 28 15 28 15
1990–91 32 9 32 9
Argentina League Cup League Cup Total
1991–92 River Plate Primera División 31 20 31 20
1992–93 21 7 21 7
Japan League Emperor's Cup J. League Cup Total
1993 Yokohama Marinos J. League 1 32 28 3 1 5 3 40 32
1994 37 23 4 2 3 1 44 26
1995 6 1 0 0 - 6 1
Country Argentina 175 84 175 84
Italy 189 54 189 54
France 60 24 60 24
Japan 75 52 7 3 8 4 90 59
Total 499 214 7 3 8 4 514 221

International

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1979 1 1
1980 9 4
1981 4 1
1982 8 4
Total 22 10

Honours

Player

River Plate
Internazionale
Monaco
Argentina

Manager

River Plate
San Lorenzo

Individual

Notes

  1. The "Superfinal" is considered as a national cup by the Argentine Football Association. [7]

References

External links

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