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Roque Máspoli

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Full nameRoque Gastón Máspoli
Date of birth12 October 1917
Place of birthMontevideo|countryofbirth=Uruguay, Uruguay
Date of death22 February 2004(age 86)
Place of deathMontevideo, Uruguay
Playing positionGoalkeeper

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Roque Gastón Máspoli (October 12, 1917 in Montevideo - February 22, 2004 in Montevideo) was an Uruguayan football player and coach. He was the goalkeeper for the Uruguay national team that won the 1950 World Cup.

In the final match of the 1950 World Cup, known as the "Maracanazo" due to Uruguay's surprising win at the Maracanã stadium in Rio de Janeiro, in front of near 200,000 Brazilian fans, Máspoli allowed one goal as the visitors beat favorites Brazil 2-1.

Máspoli also coached Uruguayan club Peñarol, with which he won five national championships, the Copa Libertadores and the 1966 Intercontinental Cup, when the team beat Real Madrid 4-0 on aggregate. Later, he managed teams in Spain, Peru and Ecuador.

In the 1980s, Máspoli spent several years coaching the Uruguay national team. He took charge again in 1997, becoming the oldest ever manager of any national football team at the age of 80.

Roque Máspoli was hospitalized on February 10, 2004 with heart trouble. He died twelve days later at the age of 86.

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