John Duggan
John Duggan

09.26 13 Aug 2019


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One of the stars of Argentina's run to win the 1986 FIFA World Cup, Jose Luis Brown, has sadly passed away. He was 62 years old. 

The defender scored the opening goal of the final against West Germany, which Argentina, captained by Diego Maradona, eventually won 3-2.

Brown had been suffering from complications of Alzheimer's disease.

He spent most of his club career at Estudiantes. He played club football in his native country, Spain, Colombia and France.

Nicknamed 'Tata', he was the understudy to 1978 winning captain Daniel Passarella with Argentina.

When Passarella was ruled out of the tournament in Mexico due to illness, Brown took his place.

He would make 36 appearances for his country, with his first half header in the final his only international goal for 'La Albiceleste'.

In the final, he dislocated his shoulder, but refused to leave the pitch.

He played every minute of that World Cup, as the South Americans won the tournament for a second time. They emerged from a group with holders Italy, before defeating Uruguay, England, Belgium and the West Germans to claim the trophy.

Argentina have yet to win the World Cup again.

As a coach, Jose Luis Brown was technical assistant to the Argentina team that won the Olympics in Beijing in 2008.

May he rest in peace.


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