Sergio Batista is a former Argentine footballer who played for his country and has now become the coach of the under-20 football team of Argentina. Known as El Checho, Sergio began his career at Argentinos Juniors, as a youth team member. Moving up the ranks, he made it to the first team where he won back-to-back league titles with a fabulous team that also went on to win the Copa Libertadores title and the Copa Interamericana title in 1985 & 1986.After such unparalleled success, he moved to River Plate for three seasons where he won another league title. River Plate was followed by a spell at Nuevo Chicago, then a move to Japan and to Tosu Futures before finally ending it all at All Boys club, back home in Argentina.
At the international level, Sergio had won the biggest title, the 1986 FIFA World Cup, under the great Diego Armando Maradona and in 1990, reached the finals in Italy. His success on the field saw him perform well even after the end of his playing career.
His managerial career started in 2000 where he joined Bella Vista, a Uruguayan team. He moved onto coach Argentinos Juniors for two seasons, the club where he had a magnificent time as a player; then to Talleres de Cordoba for another season before moving to Neuva Chicago for another. In 2005, he was appointed as the assistant manager to Oscar Ruggeri’s San Lorenzo side. This helped him gain immense experience under an extremely successful coach, leading to the Argentine Under-20 team’s job. His greatest achievement as coach to the Argentine juniors came when his team, containing the likes of Lionel Messi, won the Olympic gold medal at the 2008 Beijing Olympics.