Juan Barbas

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Juan Barbas
Personal information
Full name Juan Alberto Barbas
Date of birth (1959-08-23) 23 August 1959 (age 59)
Place of birth San Martín, Argentina
Height 1.67 m (5 ft 6 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Number 1
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1981 Racing Club 132 (14)
1982–1985 Real Zaragoza 91 (19)
1985–1990 U.S. Lecce 149 (27)
1990–1991 FC Locarno ? (?)
1991–1992 FC Sion 11 (0)
1992–1993 FC Locarno ? (?)
1993/1994 Huracán 9 (0)
1993–1994 Alvarado ? (?)
1994–1997 All Boys 76 (9)
National team
1979 Argentina U-20 10 (0)
1979–1985 Argentina 33 (0)
Teams managed
2009 Racing Club
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 31 December 2006

Juan Alberto Barbas (born 23 August 1959 in San Martín, Buenos Aires) is a retired Argentine footballer who played as an attacking or defensive midfielder. He played for a number of clubs in Argentina, Spain, Italy, and Switzerland before turning his hand to management in 2009 with Racing Club de Avellaneda.

Club career[edit]

Barbas started his career in 1977 at Racing Club de Avellaneda in the Primera Division Argentina, he then went on to play for Real Zaragoza in Spain, U.S. Lecce in Italy, FC Locarno, and FC Sion in Switzerland.

Barbas was a part of the Sion team that won the 1991–1992 Swiss Championship.

After another spell at Locarno, Barbas returned to Argentina where he had a short spell with Club Atlético Huracán before dropping down to the lower leagues to play for Alvarado de Mar del Plata and then All Boys, where he retired in 1997.

International career[edit]

Barbas was part of the Argentina Under-20 squad that won the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, he went on to play for Argentina 33 times[1] including appearances at the 1982 FIFA World Cup.

Style of play[edit]

An offensive minded midfielder, with an eye for goal, Barbas's main traits as a footballer were his excellent vision and accurate striking ability from outside the area; he was also a good free kick taker.[2]

Coaching career[edit]

On 13 October 2009, Racing Club de Avellaneda officials hired their former player as their caretaker coach, replacing Ricardo Caruso Lombardi.[3]



FC Sion


Argentina Under-20


  1. ^ Argentina – List of International Record Players Archived 13 January 2010 at the Wayback Machine
  2. ^ Pietro Cabras (30 November 2010). "Vi ricordate Barbas? Noi vi diciamo come vive" [Do you remember Barbas? We will tell you how he lives] (in Italian). Il Corriere dello Sport. Archived from the original on 14 March 2017. Retrieved 13 March 2017.
  3. ^ “Espero poder devolverle al club lo que me dio”[permanent dead link]

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