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Juan Carlos Lorenzo

Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Personal information
Full name Juan Carlos Lorenzo
Date of birth (1922-10-10)October 10, 1922
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 14 November 2001(2001-11-14) (aged 79)
Playing position Midfielder/Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1940–1945 Chacarita Juniors 79 (20)
1945–1947 Boca Juniors 25 (8)
1947–1952 Sampdoria 77 (19)
1952–1953 F.C. Nancy
1954–1957 Atlético Madrid
1957–1958 Rayo Vallecano
1958 RCD Mallorca
Teams managed
1958–1960 RCD Mallorca
1961–1962 San Lorenzo
1962 Argentina
1962–1964 Lazio
1964–1965 Roma
1965 San Lorenzo
1966 Argentina
1966 River Plate
1967 RCD Mallorca
1968–1971 Lazio
1972 San Lorenzo
1973–1975 Atlético Madrid
1975–1976 Unión de Santa Fe
1976–1979 Boca Juniors
1980 Racing Club
1981 Argentinos Juniors
1981–1982 San Lorenzo
1982 Atlante
1982–1983 Vélez Sársfield
1983 Atlanta
1984 Independiente Santa Fe
1984-1985 Lazio
1985 San Lorenzo
1987 Boca Juniors
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of July 2007.
† Appearances (Goals).

Juan Carlos ("Toto") Lorenzo (22 October 1922, Buenos Aires – 14 November 2001, Buenos Aires) was an Argentine football player and coach. He is an icon for Boca Juniors fans, as he coached the club to its first two Copa Libertadores titles.


In his teens, Lorenzo played for Chacarita Juniors, and made his professional debut in 1940. He was transferred to Boca Juniors in 1945, and after two years he joined Italian side Sampdoria team, where he remained until 1952. His next clubs would be now-defunct French F.C. Nancy, and Atlético Madrid, Rayo Vallecano, and RCD Mallorca, where in 1958 he was coach and player. Then, he quit play but remained as coach.

In the next two seasons, Lorenzo achieved a rare feat: Mallorca was promoted from third to second division and to first division in consecutive years. Mallorca fans still cherish Lorenzo's achievement.

Influenced by Argentine-Italian Helenio Herrera and riding the wave of his success in Spain, Lorenzo coached Argentina's San Lorenzo in 1961, and coached the Argentina national football team in the 1962 FIFA World Cup. Back to Europe, he coached Lazio to Italian first division, and coached AS Roma in 1964. After coaching again the Argentine team for the 1966 FIFA World Cup, he would then return to Mallorca, then returned Lazio to first division, and won his first Argentine title with San Lorenzo in 1972.

In 1973 Lorenzo went to Atlético Madrid, who went on to win the league title and lose the 1974 European Cup final to Bayern Munich. Back in Argentina, he coached recently promoted Unión de Santa Fe in 1975. The next year, he returned to Boca Juniors amid great pressure (rivals River Plate had just won back-to-back titles), and started one of the most successful periods in the history of the club. In his four-year tenure, Lorenzo and Boca took two local and three international titles, including the Intercontinental Cup 1977 (played in 1978).

Lorenzo's Boca was anchored by goalkeeper Benítez and Suñé. The attacking line was based on the speed of Ernesto Mastrángelo and Luis Darío Felman.

After that cycle, Lorenzo coached a number of different clubs with less success, including Racing Club, Argentinos Juniors, San Lorenzo, Vélez Sársfield, Atlanta, and Lazio, to return to Boca Juniors in 1987. But his second stint with Boca was brief, and Lorenzo finally retired from coaching.

Managerial Titles

External links

  • Real Mallorca bio (Spanish)
  • Lorenzo at MallorcaToto (Spanish)
  • Lorenzo's Biography Informe Xeneize (Spanish)
  • Lazio Ultras biography (Italian)
  • El Toto in Unión (Spanish)
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