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Claudio Borghi

Claudio Daniel Borghi, , nicknamed Bichi, is an Argentine former Football (soccer) player, who currently works as the manager of Argentinos Juniors.

Borghi started his career as an offensive midfielder for Argentinos Juniors in the early 1980s. He was considered a bright young star for Argentina and tipped by many to be on a level with Diego Armando Maradona, but he never managed to make his mark in Europe and only built a reputation within South America.

Borghi's exceptional performance in the 1985 Intercontinental Cup final (Argentinos Juniors lost to Juventus on penalties) drew the attention of AC Milan president Silvio Berlusconi and Borghi was signed for the club in 1987. Borghi was drafted in alongside Dutchmen Marco Van Basten and Ruud Gullit, but, since teams were allowed on only two foreign players in Serie A 1987-88, he was sent out on loan to Como. The next year the maximum number of foreign players was increased to three, but Milan coach Arrigo Sacchi who had won respect by securing the Scudetto a few months earlier asked his team to sign another Dutch player in the form of Frank Rijkaard instead of bringing Borghi back, as Berlusconi wished. Afterwards Borghi left Italy and tried his luck in Switzerland with Neuchatel Xamax before returning to South America with River Plate, Flamengo and Independiente. Eventually he wound up in Chile, winning the Recopa Sudamericana and Copa Interamericana with Colo-Colo in 1992, and concluded his playing career with Santiago Wanderers in 1999.

Related websites

ESPNsoccernet - Global - Borghi the latest to try reviving Independiente

Playing career

Futbol Factory profile

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