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Luis Islas

Luis Islas
Personal information
Full name Luis Alberto Islas Ranieri
Date of birth (1965-12-22) December 22, 1965
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.92 m (6 ft 4 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1982 Chacarita Juniors 21 (0)
1983–1986 Estudiantes 107 (0)
1986–1988 Independiente 48 (0)
1988–1990 Atlético Madrid 0 (0)
1989–1990 Logroñés (loan) 35 (0)
1990–1994 Independiente 141 (0)
1995 Newell's Old Boys 15 (0)
1996 Platense 10 (0)
1996–1997 Toluca 53 (0)
1998–1999 Huracán 19 (0)
2000 Tigre 12 (0)
2000–2001 León 44 (0)
2002–2003 Talleres 34 (0)
2003 Independiente 8 (0)
Total 547 (0)
National team
1983 Argentina U20 6 (0)
1984–1994 Argentina 30 (0)

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17 January 2007.

† Appearances (goals)

Luis Alberto Islas Ranieri (born December 22, 1965 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a former football goalkeeper. He played for the Argentina national team, Independiente, Estudiantes de La Plata and León.

Playing career


Islas started his career as a goalkeeper in Chacarita Juniors in the early 1980s. He earned his nickname el loco ("crazy") because of his flair and temperament.

In late 1982 Islas was transferred to Estudiantes. There, he alternated with Carlos Bertero in the team that won the Nacional championship title in 1983.

He was transferred to Independiente in 1986 and played for two years. He then went to Atlético Madrid in 1988 but did not play a game and was loanded to CD Logroñés. He came back to Independiente in 1990 and helped the team win the Clausura 1994 and two international titles.

He retired in 2003 after playing 241 games for Independiente.


Islas was part of Argentina's Youth Football Team that finished runner-up at the 1983 FIFA World Youth Championship.

Islas was the substitute goalkeeper during the 1986 World Cup, which Argentina won. Angry that he was still a substitute for Nery Pumpido, he resigned the national team just before the 1990 World Cup. Ironically, Pumpido was injured in the second match during that cup, so third goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea was put to the fore, and was selected the best goalkeeper of the tournament. After the cup, Islas returned to the national team under new coach Alfio Basile. Because Goycochea had some weak matches during the qualifiers to the 1994 World Cup, Islas was the starting goalkeeper for Argentina during the 1994 World Cup. But his performance was not very positive, since he conceded 6 goals in four matches, including the three goals Romania scored to eliminate Argentina in the second round.

Managerial career

After a stint in Bolivia, Islas managed Argentine side Club Almagro from November 2006 to May 2007, after it Islas has returned to Bolivia to manage Aurora but resigned in September 2007.[1]

Career statistics

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1984 3 0
1985 2 0
1986 1 0
1987 5 0
1988 4 0
1989 4 0
1990 0 0
1991 0 0
1992 3 0
1993 1 0
1994 7 0
Total 30 0




  1. ^ Diario Olé(Spanish)
  2. ^ Luis Islas at
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