‘Flaco’ Menotti, hospitalized


César Luis Menotti, world champion with the Argentine team in 1978 and former coach of Barcelona among other teams, has been hospitalized in Buenos Aires, where studies are being carried out due to severe anemia, although he is “stable.”

Sources from the Argentine Football Association (AFA) confirmed that ‘Flaco’ She was in a common room, with her children, in a hospital in the capital of Argentina where he was hospitalized over the weekend, as he continues to undergo studies to determine the severity of his illness.

According to the Clarín newspaper, Menotti, 85 years old, He received several translations within four days of his admission.

‘Flaco’, a great supporter – along with AFA president, Claudio Tapia – of Lionel Scaloni As coach of Argentina, he fell at home in August causing internal bleeding, for which he was also hospitalized.

He did not go to the World Cup in Qatar

Previously, he also had health problems that prevented him from traveling to the World Cup in Qatar, where in December 2022 Argentina won its third star.

Currently director of the AFA National Teams, he made his last intervention in the media a few weeks ago, when he spoke to Radio Splendid about various issues regarding the legendary football figures, like Edson Arantes do Nascimento ‘Pelé’ or Diego Armando Maradona.

Surrender to Pelé

“There is one incomparable, impossible. There is one who, if he played today, would win games by himself, which is Pelé. Then we have Diego, (Johan) Cruyff, (Alfredo) Di Stefano and now Messi , but Pelé is something else,” declared Menotti.

A former player for Rosario Central, Racing and Boca Juniors, Menotti joined Brazilian team Santos in 1968, where he teamed up with ‘O Rei’, where he won the Paulista Championship the following year.

“I say this with the certainty that I was with him for a year, playing in his place every day. One day Pelé jumped almost two meters and gave a 20-meter pass with his chest that left Toninho and Coutinho – both Brazilians – alone. . of Menotti and Santos – told me: ‘This ‘filho da puta’ is not a football player,'” he commented.

Menotti reiterated the idea that the footballer who died two years ago was “the greatest thing” he had seen in his life.

He won the first World Cup for Argentina

Menotti, born in Rosario, had a very successful career on the bench, the highlight of which was putting the first star on the albiceleste shirt, to which those obtained by his teammates would later be added. Carlos Salvador Bilardo in 1986 and Scaloni in 2022.

He also won the U-20 World Cup for Argentina in 1979, a tournament whose most outstanding player was Maradona

Menotti also managed, among others, Barcelona, ​​​​​​where he won the King’s Cup, League Cup and Spanish Super Cup in 1983, and Atlético de Madrid, Argentine Independiente, Boca Juniors and River Plate, the Italian Sampdoria and the Mexican Puebla.

Source: La Verdad


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