Argentina mourns the loss of one of its world champions: José Luis Brown, who scored Gauchos against Germany in the 1986 World Cup final, has died at the age of just 62. Former Diego Maradona teammate has been suffering from Alzheimer's for years, nursing at La Plata Hospital since December 2018, where he has now died. Maradona commented on Instagram: "I still can't believe it because you were always a cop. We will miss you a lot, Dad."
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The former center back was scheduled to travel to Mexico for the 1986 World Cup, but after tearing his cruciate ligament and meniscus injury, he was fit for fitness just before the tournament. Since then top star Daniel Passarella but injured, Brown entered the team and was used in all seven World Cup games.
The biggest moment of his career, then the 29-year-old in the final against Germany, as he went 1-0 for Argentina per capita. The game ended 3-2 for the South Americans, after Brown still Jorge Valdano and Jorge Burruchaga met for Argentina, Karl-Heinz Rummenigge and Rudi Völler could only act from a German perspective, just the result of cosmetics.
At the club level, Brown was close to "the man from one club" – he played for the Estudiantes de La Plata for eight years, was used almost 300 times for the "Pincharratas". Later, Brown was also active in Boca Juniors, Deportivo Espanol, and after the 1986 World Cup in Europe for Stade Brest and Real Murcia.
After completing his playing career, Brown became a coach, but mostly remained in the role of a wizard. Among other things, he trained under the guidance of world champion coach Carlos Billard at San Lorenzo de Almagro. The biggest success of his coaching career: winning a gold Olympic medal in Beijing in 2008 as coach of coach Sergi Batista, a teammate of the 1986 World Cup team.