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Alfredo 'Alfio' Rubén Basile (born 1 November 1943 in Bahía Blancamarker), known as Coco, is an Argentinemarker football coach and former player.

Playing career

Basile started his playing career at the Bella Vista club in his home city. From 1964 to 1970 he played for Racing Clubmarker, and then for Hurac√°n, where he was a mainstay of the 1973 Metropolitano champions under coach Cesar Luis Menotti. As a player, he was most famous for being the steady anchor of the Racing Clubmarker and Hurac√°n championship teams.


He also played for the Argentina national football team. Basile retired as a player in 1975.

Titles as a player

Season Club Title
1966 Racing Clubmarker Primera Division Argentina
1967 Racing Clubmarker Copa Libertadores
1967 Racing Clubmarker Copa Intercontinental
Metropolitano 1973 Hurac√°n Primera Division Argentina

Managerial career

After retirement as a player, Basile coached a number of Argentine teams, most notably Rosario Central, Racing Club, Huracán, Vélez Sársfield, Uruguayanmarker Nacional, and Atlético Madrid.

His career as a coach reached its first peak in the early 1990s, when he led the Argentina national football team to two Copa America victories. The run-up to the 1994 FIFA World Cup looked smooth until a 5-0 defeat at home to Colombia. Following that traumatic event, Diego Maradona was brought back from retirement to take part in the play-off against Australia.

In the World Cup itself, Argentina opened with two impressive victories over Greece and Nigeria. However, controversy was soon to appear. Maradona was tested for doping after the Nigeria match, and was suspended after ephedrine was found in his sample. Argentina still progressed to the last 16 despite a 2-0 defeat by Bulgaria, but morale was shattered and the team was eliminated after losing to Romania.

After resigning over the World Cup disappointment , Basile went on to coach San Lorenzo de Almagro, Club América of México and Colón de Santa Fe with varying degrees of success. In July 2005 he assumed the post of coach at Boca Juniors, winning the Recopa Sudamericana 2005 just a month later. He then won his first Argentine league title in the 2005 Apertura tournament. Four days later, Boca won the Copa Sudamericana 2005 against UNAM Pumas of Mexicomarker.

In July 2006, he was once again offered the position of Argentina national football team coach and accepted the job taking over from José Pekerman. Before starting his new job, Basile stayed with Boca Juniors until September 14th 2006, when the team won a second consecutive Recopa Sudamericana 2006 with a victory over São Paulo FC of Brazilmarker.

Vocal about his preference for the Italian Serie A and the Spanish La Liga over the English league, he made waves in England when he called for Carlos Tevez and Javier Mascherano to transfer to Italy, claiming the switch would be better for the latter "even if he would have to play in the second division" with Juventus.

On 16 October 2008, amidst the controversy over the historical defeat that Argentina suffered against Chile in the World Cup qualifiers, Basile tended his resignation . This eventually paved the road to the first appointment of Diego Maradona as national team coach.As a coach, Basile had in total two tenures at the helm of the Argentina national football team, 1991-1994 and 2006-2008.

On July 1, 2009 Alfio "Coco" Basile has returned to Boca Juniors after three years, replacing Carlos Ischia.


Titles as a manager

Season Club Title
1988 Racing Clubmarker Supercopa Sudamericana
1991 Argentina Copa América
1992 Argentina King Fahd Cup
1993 Argentina Copa América
2005 Boca Juniors Recopa Sudamericana
Apertura 2005 Boca Juniors Primera Division Argentina
2005 Boca Juniors Copa Sudamericana
Clausura 2006 Boca Juniors Primera Division Argentina
2006 Boca Juniors Recopa Sudamericana


  1. [ "The NYTimes - WORLD CUP '94: Argentine Coach Set To Resign"
  2. "CNN - Basile Unhappy About West Ham Pair"
  3. "BBC - Basile resigns as Argentina coach"
  4. "BBC - Maradona named as Argentina coach "

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