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José María Minella

José María Minella
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

José María Minella (born in 1909 in Mar del Plata, died in 1981) was a former Argentine footballer and manager. He played for and managed the Argentina national team.

Club career

Minella started playing at local club Independiente de Mar del Plata. On 23 August 1925, he was part of the local league team that achieved a 1-0 win over a team made of the battleship HMS Repulse´s crewmembers during the Prince of Wales visit to Argentina.[1][2] In 1928 he was signed by Gimnasia La Plata who won the Argentine championship in 1929. In 1933 he played in the team nicknamed El Expreso (The express) that nearly won the championship, the first of many such disappointments for Gimnasia.

In 1935 he moved to River Plate where he was part of three championship winning teams in 1936, 1937 and 1941.

Towards the end of his playing career he played in Uruguay with Peñarol and in Chile with Green Cross.

International career

Minella made his international debut in 1933, he played three times in the Copa América, in 1935, 1937 and 1941. Argentina won the 1937 and 1941 editions. He played a total of 24 games for his country netting one goal.

Managerial career

Minella took over as manager of River Plate in 1945, he led the team through one of the most successful eras in their history. Between 1952 and 1957 they won five championships in six years, including the club's first treble in the professional era (1955, 1956 & 1957).

Minella has a spell as manager of the Argentina national team between 1964 and 1965, he returned as caretaker manager for one game in 1968.


In preparation for the 1978 FIFA World Cup a football stadium was built in Mar del Plata and named Estadio José María Minella to honour Mar del Plata's most significant football talent.


As a player

Club Titles

Season Team Title
1929 Argentina Gimnasia La Plata Argentine championship
1936 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina
1937 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina
1941 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina

International titles

Season Team Title
1937 Argentina Argentina Copa América
1941 Argentina Argentina Copa América

As a manager

Club titles

Season Team Title
1945 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina
1947 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina
1952 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina
1953 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina
1955 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina
1956 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina
1957 Argentina River Plate Primera División Argentina


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