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The other Passarella: the most resonant cases of Argentine soccer presidents who cannot return to the pitch


The return of the Kaiser to the Monumental after 10 years of absences put into context other cases of leaders who were first chosen by the partners and then condemned by the tribune.

The reaction of the public at the


after the appearance of

Daniel Passarella

exposed a recurring phenomenon in Argentine soccer in the last 20 or 30 years: leaders

who, after commanding the interests of the club, cannot step on the pitch again without consequences. negative


If the fans of different clubs do not differ in something, it is in the ability they have, en masse, to raise or lower their thumbs to people.

Unlike the singularity of the emperor before the coliseum, it is collective action in soccer that he condemns.

Everything irrational that usually characterizes the behavior of the

"soccer fan"

has a moral counterweight that works only in the sporting context: a leader who makes a mistake in sporting or economic terms is usually ejected from office and socially condemned with a ban on competition.

It doesn't happen in other areas.

The electorate usually elects or re-elects those who have proven and repeated shortcomings to executive or legislative positions.

The list could be longer, but only in the First Division can there be numerous resonant cases.

The trend is so high that those presidents who complete their term and can return to the field as fans are the fewest.

In River, also Aguilar

José María Aguilar was president of River in two consecutive periods: 2001-2005 and 2005-2009.

Photo Telam

José María Aguilar

finished his second period with a million-dollar deficit without even attempting a third period.

The partners attempted a change of direction and in a very close election, Passarella prevailed by six votes over Rodolfo D'onofrio.

However, neither Aguilar nor Passarella managed to avoid social condemnation.

His balances - concrete and symbolic - were not approved by that spontaneous assembly that can deafen with a monumental whistle.

In Boca they sing against him

Daniel Angelici in the last elections, when he was still president of the club.

Photo EFE

The departure of

Daniel Angelici

from Boca and the debut of Juan Riquelme in political work left a crack in the most politicized platform of all.

The closure of a tray and the suspicion that the former president was responsible in the shadows ignited an undisguisable chant: "Angelici button, Angelici button..." was heard from the public of Boca on the first date as locals.

Will you pass the face-to-face challenge or prefer the comfort of your living room?

Independent and their cases

The fans of Independiente and their conclusion about their leaders the day that the Red lost the category.

Photo file

Julio Comparada

did not return to set foot in the stadium that he left to be semi-constructed after finishing his term.

He's not banned, but he doesn't try his luck either.

Some say that he never really went to the pitch again, because strictly speaking he wasn't a Red fan either.

The one who did have their card withdrawn was the one who succeeded it:

Javier Cantero

, who committed the "unforgivable crime" of not avoiding relegation.

Hugo and Pablo Moyano

, architects of the dismissal as Cantero's partner, left the stadium whistled – which Comparada did not finish, but they did – and after leaving the driving force, they did not go to see the team either.

San Lorenzo, from star to starry

Other times.

Tinelli and Lammens at the celebration for the return of San Lorenzo to the Boedo neighborhood.

File photo (Marcelo Carroll)

The popularity of

Marcelo Tinelli

helped the political space that he integrated in

San Lorenzo

to comfortably win the elections.

In tandem with

Matías Lammens

, one and the other was president or vice president, depending on the period.

However, after three cycles -in which there were no lack of licenses-, the popular driver cannot appear at the New Gasometer or plant a flag in the square meters in his name in Boedo.

The disapproval is absolute.

And that in his management the


won the coveted Copa Libertadores.

Hurricane has its own

Alejandro Nadur was president of Huracán between July 2011 and February 2021.

Just like Passarella,

Carlos Babington

squandered the idolatry that Huracán fans had for him as a footballer and technical director.

He was elected with the club in the second division and was promoted, but his management did not meet the expectations of the members.

He requested early elections to leave office and

Alejandro Nadur

won , who after being re-elected twice lost what would have allowed him his fourth term.

Then the court of honor suspended him as a partner.

In Banfield there are also

Portell's last assumption: a few months later he resigned and never returned to the field.

Photo file

The first title was under his management, the field as it looks, was the product of his administration and the first international encounter in South American or Libertadores cups bear his stamp.

However, after being re-elected several times,

Carlos Portell

cannot see Banfield in his stadium.

There are still songs against him.

In the last days of his term, he did not go to the field either.

He left his resignation in a sealed envelope before the last game of the tournament, in which the Drill lost the category.

In Floresta they don't want it

Bugallo, in the center, drinking from a plastic cup.


A similar case to that of Banfield: after many years in the Ascent, All Boys managed to gain a foothold in the First Division and although they did not win a title in the highest category, the Islas Malvinas stadium was remodeled.

The architect was

Roberto Bugallo

, a few years later expelled from the club as a member after discovering fraudulent actions to the detriment of All Boys.

One that became an ephemeris

Colón supporters demonstrated in front of the courts asking for the club to be a plaintiff in the case against German Lerche.

Photo Jose Almeida

Germán Lerche

was president of Colón between 2006 and 2013. For a long time he was considered one of the possible successors of Julio Grondona in the AFA, a situation that finally did not come close to happening.

On October 23, 2013, the members peacefully took over the club's headquarters asking for the resignation of the owner, who less than a month later submitted his resignation.

Since then, that date is taken as the day of the sabalero fan.

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