The historic Argentine coach Carlos Timoteo Griguol, ex Betis, dies of Covid

The technician was 86 years old. In his career, he also directed Ferro Carril Oeste, Rosario Central, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and River Plate, among others.

Griguol, in his time at Betis.

Carlos Timoteo Griguol, historical coach of Ferro Carril Oeste, Rosario Central Y Gymnastics and Fencing La Plata, and who directed the Betis during half a season in 1999-2000, he died this Thursday at 86 to in the clinic of Buenos Aires in which he had been hospitalized for several weeks, due to respiratory complications and after having tested positive for coronavirus. “Timo left us. Thanks for everything, old man, it’s impossible not to have you present minute by minute. I’m going to miss you. RIP,” the former soccer player and current coach wrote on Twitter Vctor Marchesini, son-in-law of the late coach.

Griguol, who also directed a River Plate, among other teams, had been admitted to a private clinic for a pulmonary deficiency, with fever and respiratory difficulties, according to the local press. Shortly after, they reported that the coach, who had been vaccinated against the coronavirus in late February, tested positive for covid-19. Griguol was the technician of the Rosario Central what win 1973 the National Championship (the local League). With Ferro Carril Oeste, a club from the Caballito neighborhood that currently plays in the Second Division, he won the National Championship in 1982 and in 1984. In Gymnastics and Fencing, La Plata did not win titles, but was runner-up in the Clausuras (local League) 1995 and 1996 and the Opening of 1998. He directed almost 300 matches and the team from La Plata named him “honorary member“He was also on the bench River Plate and won the 1987 Inter-American Cup. Kimberley, Unin, Tecos de Guadalajara and Betis are the other clubs that he directed.

Griguol, who was highly respected in the southern country for his career and knowledge, retired from technical management at 2004 and a few years ago it was known that he suffered from Alzheimer. Several local soccer clubs, coaches and footballers had dedicated messages to him in recent weeks after learning that he had been admitted. “Don’t loosen Great Timothy“, published Juan Sebastin” La Brujita ” Vern, emblem and vice president of Estudiantes de La Plata, on his Instagram account. “Strength, dear Master! Los Triperos and Triperas are with you”, was the message uploaded to the social networks Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. Ferro also added with the phrase: “Force Master!”.

As a footballer, Griguol played in Atlanta from 1957 to 1965 and in Rosario Central between 1966 and 1969. With Atlanta he won the 1958 Sweden Cup and with the Argentine team he won the 1959 South American Championship (predecessor of the America Cup). In 2016, Ferro inaugurated a monument in his honor at the club’s facilities.


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