Jose Luis Brown, who scored Argentina’s opening goal against West Germany in the 1986 World Cup final, died at 62.

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Jose Luis Brown was affectionately recognized by his nickname “Tata” spent most of his playing career at Estudiantes. He made about 300 league appearances for the club.

Towards the end of the 1985-1986 season, Deportivo Espanol released him because of a knee injury. Despite this, Brown was considered for the World Cup in Mexico as cover for first-choice sweeper Daniel Passarella.

The legend took over the starting line-up in a team led by Diego Maradona. This is after Passarella got ill and got excluded from the tournament.

Luis Brown won  total of 36 cups for his country. He also scored the only international goal of his career in the final, heading home a 23rd minute free-kick as Argentina won 3-2.

Later in the game, as Argentina took the lead by a single goal, “Tata” had a collision with Norbert Eder and dislocated his shoulder. Luis Brown declined substitution and played through the pain as Argentina won the World Cup for the second time.

After a playing career that had stints in France and Spain, Jose Luis Brown took up coach roles along Sergio Batista of the National Under 23 squad that won the 2008 Olympics and fielded Lionel Messi, Sergio Aguero and Juan Roan Riquelme.

Luis Brown Battled Alzheimer’s disease and succumbed to it at the age of 62. Media reports said:

On twitter, Estudiantes Said it really was a “day of maximum Sadness”. “A day of maximum sadness for the Albirroja family, our gladiator Jose Luis Brown leaves us. Hos memory and his love for the club will last forever. Until always Tata! Captain, world champion and fervent defender of Pincharrata philosophy.

Jose Luis Brown also played for Deportivo Espanol y Racing Club in Argentina, Boca Juniors, Atletico Nacional in Colombia, Brest in France and Real Madrid in Spain.

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Last words

“Without Jose Luis Brown, we would never have won the World Cup in 1986. Tou never complained about a thing Tata” Argentina legend Diego Maradona said on Instagram.