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Antonio Rattin

Antonio Rattin
Complete Name: Antonio Ubaldo Rattin
Nationality: Argentinian
Place of Birth: Campana/Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of Birth: 16/05/1937
National Team: Argentina
Current club: Retired


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Club career history

Boca Juniors (Argentina)


Argentine championship in 1962, 1964 and 1965, and the Nacional in 1969


Antonio Rattín (born May 16, 1937 in Tigre, Buenos Aires Province) is a former Argentine football player, best known as a Boca Juniors midfielder, and because of an incident in a match at the 1966 World Cup.

A Boca fan since childhood, Rattín joined their youth team, and debuted professionally on September 9, 1956 against Boca's major rival River Plate. Replacing injured Eliseo Mouriño, he had a good game which Boca won 2-1. Slowly he became the team's steady number 5, and won the hearts of the fans with his sober and solid playing abilities.

In his fourteen-year professional career, Rattín played only for Boca Juniors, winning the Argentine championship in 1962, 1964 and 1965, and the Nacional in 1969.

With the Argentina national football team Antonio Rattín played thirty-two times, including the 1962 World Cup, and as the captain in the 1966 World Cup that took place in England.

It was in the quarter-final match against the host team that Rattín was sent off by the German referee Rudolf Kreitlein for "violence of the tongue", despite the referee speaking no Spanish. Rattín was so incensed with the decision, believing the referee to be biased in favour of England,that he initially refused to leave. He eventually had to be escorted from the field by two police officers. This incident, and others surrounding the same game, arguably started the long-lasting rivalry between both national teams.

After a total of 357 matches and 28 goals with Boca juniors, Rattín retired from professional football in 1970. He worked as coach of the youth teams of Boca Juniors, and coached the first division teams of Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata in 1977 and 1979, and Boca Juniors in 1980.

Argentine writer Alfredo Luis Di Salvo published in 2000 the book Antonio Ubaldo Rattin - El Caudillo (ISBN 987-43-1624-1).

He remains as one of the greatest idols of Boca Juniors.

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