Carlos Babington

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Carlos Babington
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Carlos Babington at the Argentine training camp during the 1974 FIFA World Cup
Personal information
Full name Carlos Alberto Babington
Date of birth (1949-09-20) 20 September 1949 (age 69)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Attacking Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1969–1974 Huracán 305 (126)
1974–1978 SG Wattenscheid 09 120 (46)
1979–1982 Huracán
1982 Tampa Bay Rowdies 20 (3)
1983 Atlético Junior
National team
1973–1974 Argentina 13 (2)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Carlos Alberto Babington (born 20 September 1949) is a former Argentine football attacking midfielder. He represented the Argentine national team at the 1974 World Cup.

Biography

Babington in Huracán, where he won the only title of his career

Babington (nicknamed "El Inglés" – The Englishman) was born in Buenos Aires. His grandfather was Colville Burroughs Babington, who moved to Argentina and married Laureana Carro in 1889. His great-grandfather, Colville, was the grandson of Benjamin Guy Babington and great-grandson of William Babington who has a statue in St. Pauls Catherdral .[1]

He started his career as footballer at Club Atlético Huracán in 1969. In that club, Babington was part of the team that won the 1973 Metropolitano. Managed by César Menotti, that squad is widely regarded as one of the best Argentine teams ever, with Babington being a key player along with René Houseman, Miguel Brindisi and Omar Larrosa.[2][3]

In 1974, he was transferred to the German team SG Wattenscheid 09,[4] though he had also considered an offer from Stoke City due to his English ancestry.

Babington returned to Huracán in 1979 and played for the club until 1982, when he moved to Florida, United States, to play for the Tampa Bay Rowdies. In 1983, he played for Atletico Junior of Barranquilla, Colombia where he ended his career due to personal matter. He retired from football later that year.[citation needed]

Babington scored 126 goals for Huracán in his eight years with the club,[5]

Managerial career

As manager, he coached Platense, Banfield, Racing, River Plate, León Fútbol Club (Mexico), Chacarita Juniors and Huracán. As Huracán manager, he won two Second Division champinsohips in 1990 and 2000, helping Huracán to return to Primera División.

In 2006 Babington was elected as Huracán's president. Under his administration, the team achieved another promotion to Primera División, remaining in the top division until the 2010–11 season when Huracán would be relegated again.

Babington and Daniel Passarella (in River Plate) are the only persons that have been player, manager and president of a same football club in Argentina.[6]

Honours

Player

Huracán

Manager

Huracán

References

  1. ^ http://www.wrightanddavis.co.uk/GD/BABINGTONANNAM.htm
  2. ^ Huracán 73 on El Gráfico, 2008
  3. ^ El fútbol hecho fantasía, Clarín, 7 Sep 2002
  4. ^ "Carlos Babington" (in German). Fussballportal.de. Retrieved 14 November 2008.
  5. ^ Zas, Tony. "Carlos Babington..." (in Spanish). Argentina Deportiva. Retrieved 26 February 2012.
  6. ^ Jugador, técnico y presidente by Pablo Aro Geraldes

External links

  • NASL stats
  • Futbol Factory profile at the Wayback Machine (archived 24 January 2008) (in Spanish)
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