- Julio Grondona
Julio Humberto Grondona (born
September 18, 1931) is an Argentine football executive. He has served as president of the Argentine Football Association(Asociación del Fútbol Argentino) since 1979. He also serves as Senior Vice-President of FIFA(Fédération Internationale de Football Association) [http://www.fifa.com/en/organisation/committee/exccom.html] .
As a player, Grondona auditioned at River Plate but never made the team. In the 1950s, he founded
Arsenal de Sarandíwith his brother Héctor, who succeeded him as club president. The post is currently held by Julio Ricardo Grondona, Julio Humberto's son.
During the 1970s, Grondona served as president of
Club Atlético Independiente, and from that position he was picked to succeed Huracán's David Bracutoas head of AFA, immediately after Argentina's 1978 FIFA World Cupwin.
Under Grondona's leadership, Argentina reached two World Cup finals (1986-Won and 1990-Second), three Olympic finals (1996-Silver, 2004-Gold and 2008-Gold) and won six under-20 titles (1979, 1995, 1997, 2001, 2005 and 2007).
Arsenal de Sarandí's stadium ( Estadio Julio H. Grondona) is named after him.
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