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Renato Cesarini (11 April 1906 – 24 March 1969) was an Italianmarker-Argentinemarker football player and coach, who also played for Juventus in Italymarker. He was a dual international footballer and played both for Argentina and Italy.


Cesarini was born in Senigalliamarker, in the Italianmarker region of Marche, but when he was only a few months old he and his family emigrated to Buenos Airesmarker, in Argentinamarker.

In his early career he played for several clubs around the Buenos Aires area, during the amateur era in Argentine football, most notably Chacarita Juniors.

Cesarini was signed by Italian giants Juventus in 1929, he made his debut against S.S.C. Napoli on 23 March 1930: the game ended in a 2-2 draw. He went on to win five league championships with the club.

In 1936 he returned to the professionalised Argentine league where he won two championships with River Plate.

After retiring as a player, Cesarini went on to become a football manager. He coached a number of clubs in Argentina including both Boca Juniors and River Plate. He returned to Italy to coach Juventus and, between 1968 and 1969, he coached the Argentina national team.



  • The Italian expression zona Cesarini (Cesarini zone) was originated as a reference to Renato Cesarini, who often scored decisive goals during the last minutes of the match (the best example being the Italy 3-2 Hungary match of 13 December 1931 at Stadio Filadelfiamarker of Turinmarker ). This expression is still in use today in Italian football and it designates a goal that is scored in the final minutes of a match, namely in zona Cesarini.

  • Cesarini has a football club and training academy in Argentina named in his honour, it was founded in 1978 by former members of the Argentina national team.


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