Daniel Passarella was an Argentine football player. He was named by Pelé as one of the top 125 greatest living footballers in March 2004.
He started his career at the club Sarmiento de Junín, whence he joined River Plate, and then Fiorentina. After a successful spell in Serie A, he returned to River Plate, the scene of earlier triumphs, where his playing days finally ended.
Following his retirement from playing football, he gained employment at the club, and served as Technical Director at River Plate.
Subsequently, he became the Technical Director of the Argentinian national team, and was in charge of their participation in both the qualifying games and the tournament matches of the World Cup in 1998 in France. Argentina's games were widely criticized in the Argentinian national press and he left his post after the tournament.
He then became Technical Director of Uruguay, whom he left during the qualifying games for the 2002 World Cup, held in Japan and Korea.
In 2003, he won the Mexican football league title with the team Montserrey.