Alfredo Di Stefano
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Alfredo Di Stefano Laulhe , born into a family of Italian immigrants from CapriBrian Glanville, Soccer. A history of the game: its players, and its strategy, Crown Publishers 1968, p. 154, is an Argentine - Spanish former footballer and coach, widely regarded as one of the greatest players of all time. He is most associated with Real Madrid and was instrumental in their domination of the European Champions' Cup during the 1950s, a period in which the club won the trophy in five consecutive seasons from 1956. Di Stefano played international football mostly for Spain, but he also played for Argentina and Colombia.
Di Stefano, nicknamed "Saeta rubia" ("blond arrow"), was a powerful forward with great stamina, tactical versatility, and vision, who could also play almost anywhere on the pitch. He is currently the 4th highest scorer in the history of Spain's top division, and Real Madrid's 2nd highest league goalscorer of all time, with 216 goals in 282 league matches between 1953 and 1964.
Di Stefano began his career at Argentina's River Plate aged 17, in 1943. For the 1946 season he was loaned to Club Atletico Huracan, but he returned to River in 1947. Due to a footballer's strike in Argentina in 1949, Di Stefano went to play for Millonarios of Bogota in the Colombian league. He won six league titles during the first 12 years of his career in Argentina and Colombia.
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1962 World Cup report by CBC/Radio Canada web site
Spanish league player stats from LFP's official web site
Spanish league manager stats from LFP's official web site
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