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Luis Antonio Carniglia (4 October 1917 in Olivosmarker – 22 June 2001 in Buenos Airesmarker) was a football striker and manager from Argentinamarker. He played for Boca Juniors in the 1930s, but is probably best known for managing Real Madrid in the 1950s.Luis Carniglia was buried in La Recoleta Cemeterymarker in Buenos Airesmarker.

Playing career

Carniglia began his career in the fourth division club Club de Olivos, in 1932. He remained there for one season before joining Club Atlético Tigre, but this was only a stepping stone on his way to completing his childhood dream of playing for Boca Juniors, whom he signed for in 1936. His debut, for Boca, was in a friendly played in Parana and was quite a spectacle. Carniglia had a goal within 3 minutes and a fractured left arm by the fifth minute. Boca went on to win the game 3-0. He was part of the Boca side that won the 1940 Argentine First Division and the Copa Dr. Carlos Ibarguren.

1941 would be a turn for the worse in his professional career, in a game against San Lorenzo, Carniglia broke his leg. The recovery would take three years which he spent at Chacarita Juniors and CF Atlas, though he would never be the same player again. He would prolong his career by playing in the Frenchmarker Ligue 1 and Ligue 2 with SC Toulon and OGC Nice. Transitioning into the role of manager with OGC Nice. That is not to say that his final years as a player were entirely fruitless, he would win the Ligue 1 title and a Coupe de France in 1952, and the Coupe de France again in 1954, all with Nice.

Managerial career

Following his return to OGC Nice in 1953 he played two more seasons before retiring as a player and taking over the reins as the new Nice manager, from the British manager George Berry. He would have immediate success winning the Ligue 1 title with Nice in his first year. The following season, 1956-57, would see Nice finish 13th in Ligue 1 but Carniglia had left mid season to take over the Spainishmarker giants Real Madrid. Nice would replace him with the Frenchmarker coach Jean Luciano.Madrid, at the time, had some of the greatest footballing talent in the world with Alfredo di Stéfano (holder of the Ballon d'Or at the time), Francisco Gento, Raymond Kopa and Héctor Rial. These greats would be joined in 1957 by José Santamaría and Ferenc Puskás in 1958. Carniglia did not have a high opinion of Puskás when he arrived, as he had not played professionally in over a year and was considerably over weight. Carniglia would whip him into shape with Puskás losing 15 kg before his first La Liga game against Oviedo. Carniglia would leave Puskás out of the 1959 European cup final, which lead to his being sacked by Santiago Bernabéu, the chairman of Real.Carniglia's time with Real would be the most fruitful in his management career, winning the European Cup twice, in 1958 with a 3-2 win over AC Milan and in 1959 with a 2-0 win over Reims. He would also win the La Liga title in 1958.

He would have short spells at ACF Fiorentina and A.S. Bari before joining Roma in 1961. With Roma, Carniglia would win the 1961 Fairs Cup.Following his mid season departure from Roma in 1963, apparently due to arguments with the club directors , he would take over at AC Milan, the team he had beaten in the 1958 European Cup Final. Ironically, Milan were the reigning European Cup holders and would compete in the Intercontinental Cup. They would play the Brazillianmarker side Santos featuring Pelé at the height of his prowess in the final 1963 final. Milan would win the opening game 4 - 2 in Milanmarker, Pelé scoring both goals for Santos. Before the second leg rumors began to circulate that the Argentinianmarker referee had been bribed, Milan tried to have match official changed but were barred from doing so. Santos would win the second game 4 - 2, without Pelé who was injured. With the two leg final a stalemate, a third decisive play off game would take place in Santosmarker just 48 hours after the second leg. The same match official was used for the playoff game. In the third minute, of the playoff, Giovanni Trapattoni was adjudged to have fouled a player in the box and Santos had a penalty, which they duly converted. Cesare Maldini protested and was sent off. Santos would win the fixture 1 - 0.

Following his retirement as a coach he had a spell as General Manager of Boca Juniors with Silvio Marzolini as the coach. He was the first president of FAA (Futbolistas Argentinos Agremiados), his home country's footballers union.



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