Sergio Batista

Sergio Batista

Batista in 2011
Personal information
Full name Sergio Daniel Batista
Date of birth (1962-11-09) 9 November 1962
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.86 m (6 ft 1 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1981–1988 Argentinos Juniors 253 (25)
1988–1990 River Plate 52 (2)
1991 Argentinos Juniors 19 (0)
1992–1993 Nueva Chicago 5 (0)
1995–1996 Tosu Futures 95 (5)
1997–1999 All Boys 60 (1)
Total 484 (33)
National team
19851990 Argentina 39 (0)
Teams managed
2000 Bella Vista
2001–2003 Argentinos Juniors
2003 Talleres
2004 Argentinos Juniors
2004–2005 Nueva Chicago
2007 Godoy Cruz
2007–2010 Argentina U-20 / Olympic
2010–2011 Argentina
2012–2013 Shanghai Shenhua
2014 Shanghai Shenhua
2015–2016 Bahrain

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Sergio Daniel "Checho" Batista (born 9 November 1962) is an Argentine football manager and former international player.

As a footballer he played as a midfield for Argentinos Juniors, River Plate, Nueva Chicago, Tosu Futures and All Boys. He represented his national team 39 times between 1985 and 1990 where he won the 1986 FIFA World Cup.[1] After retiring he moved into coaching with Bella Vista before returning to his former club Argentinos Juniors, as well as spells at Talleres, Nueva Chicago and Godoy Cruz. With the Argentine U23 team ,he won the gold medal in the 2008 Olympics, which led to him being head coach of the Argentina national football team from July 2010 to July 2011.

Playing career


Batista played youth football in Argentinos Juniors, and debuted with the first team in 1981. With Argentinos, he won the 1984 Metropolitano and 1985 Nacional of the Argentine Primera División, as well as the 1985 Copa Libertadores.[2]

In 1988, Batista moved to River Plate, helping the team to win the 1989–90 league title. Before retiring as a player, Batista played for Nueva Chicago and All Boys in Argentina, as well as Tosu Futures in Japan.

National team

After his impressive displays for Argentinos Juniors in the 1985 Copa Libertadores, the Argentine coach Carlos Bilardo called Batista up for a friendly against Mexico on 14 November 1985 in a game that ended in a 1-1 draw.[3] With the 1986 FIFA World Cup soon looming, Batista quickly went on to establish himself as a first choice player within the Argentina national football team. Despite his limited international experience, he played in every game throughout the tournament, which Argentina eventually won.[4] An established regular within the squad, Batista played in the 1987 Copa América, 1989 Copa América and 1990 FIFA World Cup, which Argentina came runner-up in.

Managerial career

Batista started his managerial career with Uruguayan club Bella Vista in 2000. He then had two spells with Argentinos Juniors, one with Talleres de Córdoba and one with Nueva Chicago. Between 2005 and 2006, he was assistant to Oscar Ruggeri in San Lorenzo.

In October 2007, the former midfielder was appointed as the head coach of the Argentine under-20 national team, replacing Hugo Tocalli. He also managed the Argentine Olympic football team that won the gold medal at the 2008 Summer Olympics.

After the 2010 World Cup, Argentine national team manager Diego Maradona did not renew his contract, and Batista was appointed as caretaker manager on 27 July 2010.[5] In his role, Batista led Argentina to two wins (1–0 over Ireland and 4–1 over World Cup holders Spain) and suffered a defeat against Japan 0–1. Three months later, he was named the official head coach of the Argentine national team. In his first match after being officialized as Argentina's coach, his team defeated Brazil 1–0, with a 90th-minute goal by Lionel Messi.[6] On 25 July 2011, the AFA announced that Batista had stepped down as manager of the Argentine national team after poor results in Copa America.[7]


As a player

Argentinos Juniors
River Plate


Argentina Argentina

As a manager



  1. rsssf: Argentina record international footballers
  2. "Colombian clubs in Copa Libertadores". 11 Dec 2004. Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  3. "Argentina v Mexico, 14 November 1985". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  4. "Sergio Batista". Retrieved 1 April 2014.
  5. "Sergio Batista succeeds Diego Maradona in Argentina job". BBC Sport. 3 November 2010. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
  6. "Sobre la hora: Messi le devolvió al seleccionado la sonrisa del éxito". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 17 November 2010. Retrieved 17 November 2010.
  7. "Sergio Batista removed as Argentina coach after poor Copa America". BBC Sport. 26 July 2011. Retrieved 30 August 2011.
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