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Luis Islas

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Full nameLuis Alberto Islas Ranieri
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Luis Alberto Islas Ranieri (born December 22, 1965 in Buenos Aires, Argentina) is a former football goalkeeper. He played for the Argentina national team, Independiente, Estudiantes de La Plata and León.

Islas started his career as a goalkeeper in Chacarita Juniors in the early 80s. He started making a name for himself as the goalkeeper of Argentina's Youth Football Team that finished runner-up at the 1983 Football World Youth Championship. He earned his nickname el loco ("crazy") because of his flair and temperament.

In late 1982 Islas was transferred to Estudiantes, which had just sold goalkeeper Juan Carlos Delmenico. There, he alternated with Carlos Bertero in the team that won the 1983 Nacional championship title.

Islas was the substitute goalkeeper during the 1986 World Cup, which Argentina won. Angry that he was still a substitute for Nery Pumpido, he resigned the national team just before the 1990 World Cup. Ironically, Pumpido was injured in the second match during that cup, so third goalkeeper Sergio Goycochea was put to the fore, and was selected the best goalkeeper of the tournament. After the cup, Islas returned to the national team under new coach Alfio Basile. Because Goycochea has some weak matches during the qualifiers to the 1994 World Cup, Islas was the starting goalkeeper for Argentina during the 1994 World Cup. But his performance was not very positive, since he conceded 6 goals in four matches, including the three goals Romania scored to eliminate Argentina in the second round.

He retired in 2003 after playing 241 games for Independiente. After a stint in Bolivia, Islas managed Argentine side Club Almagro from November 2006 to May 2007, after it Islas has returned to Bolivia to manage Aurora. In September 2007, he resigned, after an incident with player Emiliano Capella.

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