BUENOS AIRES, June 13 (Xinhua) -- Argentine's Nestor Raul Rossi, a leading soccer midfielder in the 1940 and 1950s, died on Wednesday in a Buenos Aires hospital after a long illness, his relatives told media.
Rossi, 82, was known as Pipo. Born on May 10, 1925, he made his debut on June 24, 1945 for River Plate during the team's 2-0 win over Racing Club. He played for River from 1945 to 1949 and again from 1955 to 1958, helping the team win five championships.
He also took Colombian team Millonarios to six championships when he played there between 1949 and 1954. He also played for Buenos Aires team Huracan.
Rossi helped the Argentine national team win the 1947 and 1957 editions of the Copa America, and played in the 1958 World Cup in Sweden.
He later became manager at River Plate, giving Daniel Passarella his first professional soccer opportunity. Passarella went on to become one of Argentina's best ever defenders and is now River's manager.
Rossi's other nickname was La Voz (The Voice) because he always yelled orders to fellow players from midfield.