Juan José Muñoz

3 Jun 1950
8 May 2013
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Juan José Muñoz (3 June 1950 – 8 May 2013) was an Argentine businessman. He was an advisor to the current Minister of Interior, Mr. Aníbal Fernández, during the period when the latter was a federal senator. Afterwards, he worked for the trade union that represents State Workers (the “Asociación Mutual de Trabajadores del Estado”, or AMTE).

Muñoz was born in La Plata, Argentina. He was a self-made man, who rose from humble beginnings to become the owner of various agencies specializing in finances, tourism, and insurance, as well as a building company and a hotel chain. In 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.

During his mandate as President, the football club from La Plata, better known by its nickname of “El Lobo” (Spanish for “The Wolf”), exhibited two very contradictory faces.

At the beginning of Muñoz’s tenure, the team was at the edge of relegation to second division. He spearheaded the decision to hire 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.In June 2006, Muñoz decided to withdraw the Nº 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.

Muñoz’s tenure was also marked by the worst-ever defeat at a La Plata derby (a 0-7 fall against Estudiantes), as well as by the relegation of the once-powerful basketball team, following the withdrawal of strong financial support for this sport in the Club.

Juan José Muñoz died on 8 May 2013 after a long illness. He was 62 years old.

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