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José Luis Brown

Argentina World Cup Winner Dies After Battling Alzheimer

Argentina 1986 World Cup winning defender, José Luis Brown, passed away on Monday aged 62, after battling Alzheimer’s for several months.

Brown scored Argentina’s first goal in their 3-2 win against West Germany at the 1986 World Cup. It was the last time his country won the tournament.

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His son Juan Ignacio went public about his struggles earlier this year.

“He does not recognise us, very little,” he said in an interview.

 “He cannot speak.”

Juan went on: “You see him physically and he is well, but his head is the truth that every day is more complicated.

“It is very sad for those who surround him and for him.

“At some point, in a few short periods, he manages to connect with reality and surely he does not like to look like this.”

Brown made 461 appearances throughout his career, spending eight seasons at Argentine side Estudiantes LP.

He also had a spell in Colombia at Atlético Nacional, before returning to Argentina to play at Boca Juniors and Deportivo Español.

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This was followed with a move to France in 1986 to join Ligue 1 side, Brest.

He then joined Spanish side Murcia for two seasons, before retiring after a final spell At Argentine side Racing Club in 1989.

He made his debut for Argentina in 1983 and had 36 caps, scoring one goal before quitting the national team in 1989.

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