Agustín Cejas

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Agustín Cejas
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Cejas in 1970.
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Full nameAgustín Mario Cejas
Date of birth(1945-03-22)22 March 1945
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Date of death 14 August 2015(2015-08-14) (aged 70)
Place of death Buenos Aires, Argentina
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1959–1962 Racing Club
Senior career*
1962–1969 Racing Club 313 (0)
1970–1975 Santos ? (?)
1975 Huracán 50 (0)
1975–1976 Grêmio ? (?)
1977–1980 Racing Club (see above)
1981 River Plate 9 (0)
National team
1963–1964 Argentina 6 (0)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league onlyand correct as of October 2007

Agustín Mario Cejas (22 March 1945 – 14 August 2015) was an Argentine football goalkeeper. He played for a number of clubs in Argentina and Brazil and has the all-time record number of appearances for Racing Club de Avellaneda.

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Cejas joined the Racing Club youth team in 1959 at the age of 13. He made his first team debut in 1962 at the age of 17. In 1966, he helped Racing Club to win the Argentine Primera. The following year Racing won the Copa Libertadores 1967 to become Libertadores champions of South America for the only time in the club's history. They followed this up by beating Celtic F.C. in the Copa Intercontinental to become the first Argentine club champions of the world.

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In 1970, Cejas joined Santos in Brazil where he played in the same team as Pelé. In 1973, Cejas helped Santos to win the Campeonato Paulista and received the prestigious Bola de Ouro as the best player in Brazil.

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Cejas returned to Argentina in 1975 for a brief spell with Club Atlético Huracán before going back to Brazil to join Grêmio.

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In 1977, Cejas returned to Racing Club where he played until 1980. By the end of his second period with the club he had set a club record of 313 appearances. He then had a short spell with River Plate where he was part of the squad that won the Nacional in 1981.

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Cejas played for Argentina at the 1964 Summer Olympics. [1]

1964 Summer Olympics Games of the XVIII Olympiad, celebrated in Tokyo in 1964

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Agustín Cejas died of Alzheimer's disease on 14 August 2015. [2] [3]


1966 Racing Club Primera División Argentina
1967 Racing Club Copa Libertadores
1967 Racing Club Copa Intercontinental
1973 Santos Campeonato Paulista
Nacional River Plate Primera División Argentina

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  2. "Murió Agustín Cejas, gloria del Racing campeón del mundo", Clarín, 14 Aug 2015
  3. "Falleció Agustín Mario Cejas, una gloria de Racing", Infobae, 14 Aug 2015