Alfredo Di Stefano

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di Stéfano, Alfredo,

1926–2014, Argentinian-born soccer star, one of the game's greats. Nominally a center-forward, he became famous for his versatility on the field as well as for his strength and resilience. He debuted as a pro (1944) with Buenos Aires' River Plate team and later (1949–53) played for Bogotá's Millionarios club, where he was league scoring champion (1951–52) and sparked the team to three league titles (1949, 1951–52). His greatest achievements as a player, however, were for Real Madrid (1953–64), where he was the team's career top scorer, top league scorer (1951–52), and European footballer of the year (1957, 1959), and led his team to five consecutive European Cups (1957–61) and the first World Club Cup (1960). A Spanish citizen from 1956, he played on Spain's national team from 1957 to 1961. He ended his playing career at Barcelona's RCD Espanyol and, after retiring in 1966, coached (1967–91) in Spain and Argentina including for Valencia (1970–74, 1979–80, 1986–88) and Real Madrid (1982–84, 1990–91).
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It was why the great Di Stefano travelled to the final in Lisbon to watch Jock Stein's side take on Inter at the Estadio Nacional on May 25.
While the first half of the book emphasizes Turnerian cooperation in the high country, Di Stefano also traces the corporate influence in Western communities.
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Focusing on the North American West between 1820 and 1920, Di Stefano contends that mountain people developed increasingly complex understandings of their mountainous environments that helped them negotiate the often perilous environmental realities--particularly avalanches--that framed life in the high country for everyone.
Puskas, with four goals, Gento and di Stefano, with a hat-trick, became instant heroes in a 7-3 Real win; di Stefano ran the show like a general yet was only on the ball for 100 seconds or so in the entire game.
Alfredo Di Stefano played for Spanish giants Real Madrid between 1953 and 1964 and during which time the club won five consecutive European League titles, a competition which is now known as the UEFA Champions League.
In an interview given during his Barcelona days Sir Bobby was asked for his memories of Di Stefano in a television tribute.
Having won five successive European Cup titles with Madrid, and scored in all five finals, Di Stefano has long been seen as a true Bernabeau great.
Di Stefano suffered a heart attack on Saturday and had reportedly been in an induced coma in Madrid's Gregorio Maranon hospital.
Di Stefano started his career at River Plate and moved to Madrid from Colombian side Millonarios in 1953, having originally been close to joining Barcelona.
And Perez, through a statement on the club's official website, hailed Di Stefano as the world's best-ever footballer.
Argentina-born Di Stefano, who helped turn Real into one of the world's leading teams in the 1950s and is considered one of the finest footballers of all time, was taken to the intensive care unit of the Gregorio Maranon hospital over the weekend.