Monday, December 19, 2022

FC Basel and the coaching staff of Argentina's men's football team

Two of the assistant coaches for Argentina's team that won the Men's World Cup yesterday played for Valencia against FC Basel in the Champions League in the fall of 2002: Pablo Aimar and Roberto Ayala. And Argentina's head coach, Lionel Scaloni, also played for Deportivo La Coruña against Basel that season. I discovered these tidbits of trivia because I was looking up Argentina's third assistant, Walter Samuel, who never played against Basel in the Champions League – but did play for Basel for two years from 2014-2016 at the end of his career, which (as far as I know) makes him the only former Basel player to win a World Cup championship. (Andrew Shields, #111words, 19 December 2022)

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