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- Born in San Nicolas, Argentina on 2 October 1935, Omar Sivori made his debut as a 17-year-old at River Plate. The Argentine striker, nicknamed “El Cabezón” (“The Big Head”), moved to Italy after winning two domestic titles with River Plate in 1955 and 1956, and in 1957 was transferred to Juventus for 160 million Italian lira (82,600 euros). At Juve Sivori won three “scudetti” (1958, 1960 and 1961) and two Coppa Italia trophies (1959, 1960). In the 1959/1960 season he finished up as the Serie A top scorer with 27 goals. Sivori was named European Footballer of the Year in 1961. In 1965 he signed for Napoli but by 1969 moved back to his native Argentina to coach several club teams. In 1974 he took on his last job in football when he managed the national team of Argentina at the World Cup. The little striker, who looked like a stray street urchin from a Dickens novel and who was known for his tendency to play with his socks rolled down to his ankles, played 19 times for Argentina, scoring for them nine goals. His modest number of Argentine “caps” in view of his enormous natural talent, was due to the fact that at that time players appearing for foreign clubs were barred from the Argentine team. Still, Sivori made a major contribution to the Argentine victory at the 1957 Copa América as he scored three goals in five matches. After he moved to Italy, in April 1961, and being an “oriundo”, a person with Italian roots, he was eagerly snapped up by the selectors. He made his debut for Italy in 1963 and went on to score eight goals - including two against Argentina - in nine international matches for the “Azzurri”. He was also a member of the Italian squad at the 1962 World Cup in Chile. In the last few years of his life, Sivori coached Rosario Central, Estudiantes de la Plata, and River Plate, then for a spell Napoli and finally Velez Sarsfield back in his native in Buenos Aires. On 17 February 2005, at the age of 69, the millionaire Argentine striker died in his birthplace San Nicolas due to pancreatic cancer.
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http://www.puntosport.net/sport-e-stori ... sivori.php