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Legendary Managers: Carlos Bianchi, Argentina’s ‘Viceroy’

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On his 21-year anniversary since becoming a manager for Boca Juniors, we talk about Carlos Bianchi in our latest entry of Legendary Managers.

Our Legendary Managers series has been one of the most successful specials that we’ve published at Ronaldo, we will talk about Carlos Bianchi this time.

It’s been exactly 21 years since this Argentine manager took control of Boca Juniors for the first time as a coach, this decision changed his life forever.

He always wanted to be a professional coach, he even had success in many more squads but nothing can be compared to what he experienced in Boca Juniors.

His initial steps as a coach happened in French football as soon as he retired as a professional baller, Carlos Bianchi was a relatively successful player as well.

We are talking about a very prolific forward who made a career for himself in Ligue 1, the man became a Velez Sarsfield legend and then made the jump to Europe.

Bianchi played for Reims, PSG, and Strasbourg but he never won a title despite his impressive stats.

As a player, Bianchi’s numbers can only be compared to extremely prolific strikers such as Sergio Aguero or Lionel Messi.

There was even a season where he scored an impressive 37 goals in 38 matches for Paris Saint-Germain, Bianchi maintained his goal-count even after he returned to his beloved Velez right before retirement.

But his most incredible story came as a professional manager, not even he imagined what was in store for him.

First years at Velez with massive success.

Legendary narrator, Victor Hugo Morales, nicknamed Bianchi as the ‘Viceroy’.

This came due to his incredible success at Velez Sarsfield both as a player and a manager with a club that was located in the neighborhood of Liniers.

Morales alluded to the Viceroy of Liniers due to the several titles he obtained as a manager, Bianchi’s incredible story was already great as a player but it became truly legendary as a coach.

After making the decision to retire, Carlos began coaching Reims in French football and started his career as a player/manager.

After three years there, Carlos coached OGC Nice for one more season before making the decision to return to his native Argentina.

The plan was to go back to his childhood club, Velez Sarsfield was waiting for him with open arms and Bianchi responded in the best possible manner.

In three seasons he coached the club, the ‘Viceroy’ managed to win three league titles, one Copa Libertadores, one Copa Interamericana, and the Intercontinental Cup.

That was more than enough to jump-start his unforgettable professional career as a manager, but his biggest piece of legend didn’t come until 1998 at Boca Juniors.

Carlos Bianchi came to the club from the capital after a short period at AS Roma, which didn’t bring him any success but a lot of experience.

Bianchi was finally ready for the best time of his life as a professional.

Boca Juniors and the partnership with Riquelme.

By the time Carlos Bianchi took control of Boca, along came a youngster who would be linked to his success at this club for the rest of his life.

Together, Bianchi and Roman transformed the club into one of the best in the continent.

Bianchi won two out of the three Copa Libertadores trophies he got at this club thanks to Roman, the other one came thanks to Carlos Tevez.

Bianchi went on to win those three titles, plus four Argentine League trophies during his three different periods with Boca.

However, the most impressive feat came at the end of the years 2000 and 2003. The ‘Viceroy’ coached two very different squads on both occasions, he defeated Real Madrid in the first match with a 2-1 result and a brace from Martin Palermo.

The second Intercontinental Cup final was way more difficult, Boca Juniors defeated AC Milan with a 3-1 victory in a penalty shootout.

These two achievements essentially made Carlos Bianchi’s Boca Juniors the most important football club at the time.

There are very few managers who can say they defeated the reigning European Champions while coaching a South American side in an official competition, the ‘Viceroy’ is one of them.

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