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Juan Jose Munoz

Juan Jose Munoz is an Argentine businessman hailing from the city of La Plata, Argentina. He was an advisor to the current Minister of Interior, Mr. Anibal Fernandez, during the period when the latter was a federal senator. Afterwards, he worked for the trade union that represents State Workers . He is a self-made man, who rose from humble beginnings to become the owner of various agencies specializing on finances, tourism, and insurance, as well as a building company and a hotel chain . On November 2004, he was elected President of the football club Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, the oldest club currently affiliated to the Argentine Football Association (AFA). He occupied this position until the end of 2007, when a new management committee was chosen.

At the beginning of Mr. Munozs tenure, the team was at the edge of relegation to second division. He spearheaded the decision to hire Mr. Pedro Troglio as coach, who was instrumental in turning around the performance by mid-2005. During the second half of that year, the team gelled in the Torneo Apertura 2005 and pulled off an excellent campaign which had it fighting neck-to-neck with Boca Juniors for the championship. Finally, Gimnasia crowned the effort by becoming a close runner-up, the fifth time the team obtained such honours in the ten years spanning 1995-2005 .

On June 2006, Munoz decided to withdraw the N 21 jersey, which was the number used by Pedro Troglio while playing in Gimnasia during the 1990s. This was the first time such a recognition was bestowed upon a club player in the Argentine football league.

Related websites

Munoz's background (in Spanish)

Torneo Apertura 2005

A wolf roams amidst the Forest of La Plata (In Spanish)

Marginalized by Mr. Munoz (in Spanish)

Munoz flip-flops and now Gimnasia will play in La Plata's new stadium (in Spanish)

Soft disciplinary action against Gimnasia's president (in Spanish)

"Officially" under pressure (in Spanish)

A renewed dream (in Spanish)

"Un lobo suelto en la espesura del bosque platense"

"La apretada oficial"

"Leve sancion para el presidente de Gimnasia"

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