Miguel Mansilla

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Miguel Mansilla
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Mansilla Acuña
Date of birth (1953-04-25)25 April 1953
Place of birth Cerro Largo, Uruguay
Date of death 26 June 2013(2013-06-26) (aged 60)
Place of death Panama City, Panama
Playing position(s) Striker
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1971 Peñarol
1972 River Plate Montev.
1972–1977 Chacarita Juniors
1977–1979 Saprissa 73 (34)
1979–1980 Cuenca
1980–1981 Municipal Puntarenas 17 (5)
Teams managed
1987–1988 Panama
1988–1989 Tauro
1990 Panama
1991–1993 Tauro
1993–1994 Bravos Projusa
1994–1999 Tauro
1999–2000 Panama
2004 San Francisco
2005–2006 Once Municipal
2006–2007 Alianza
2007–2008 Tauro
2011–2012 Chorrillo
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Miguel Ángel Mansilla Acuña (25 April 1953 – 26 June 2013) was an Uruguayan professional footballer who played as a forward.

Club career[edit]

Born in Cerro Largo, Mansilla came through the youth ranks[1] at and made his professional debut for local giants Peñarol in 1971 and also played for River Plate Montevideo before moving abroad to enjoy a lengthy spell at Argentine side Chacarita Juniors.[2] In 1977, he moved to Saprissa and became the Costa Rica Premier Division top goalscorer in 1977 with 27 goals.[3]

After a short stint in Ecuador with Cuenca, he returned to Costa Rica to finish his career at Municipal Puntarenas.[2]

Managerial career[edit]

After retiring as a player, Mansilla moved to Panama to take charge of the national team. He subsequently managed Panamanian outfit Tauro on four occasions, winning 5 league titles.[4] On 26 February 1988, he became the first coach to manage in the then newly formed ANAPROF league when Tauro met Plaza Amador.[1] He was in the hot seat at several other Panamanian clubs and won another title with Chorrillo in the 2011 Apertura season.[5] He also managed Once Municipal, winning a Salvadoran title, and Alianza in El Salvador.[2]


Mansilla died in June 2013, aged 60. He was reportedly transferred from the San Judas Tadeo Clinic in Panama City to the Complejo de la Caja de Seguro Social where he suffered a brain aneurysm and subsequently died from cardiac arrest.[6]