In any profession it is one of the toughest moments one can endure. To see all of the hard work that one has invested throughout the years now lead a person to a crossroads is a tough pill to swallow. It is twice as difficult when an athlete has to leave the sport they love because their body no longer responds.
Bilos was uncharacteristically tall and as a young man was put up front as a striker as many coaches wanted to take advantage of his height. Who could blame them as they saw an average-sized kid grow into a 6’4″ frame that had the potential to do some damage in the air. Eventually he would be taken out to the wing and that would be where he caused a great deal of damage during his heyday.
In the interview with MAF in 2008 he credited Julio César Falcioni for spotting his ability to play on the outside and having the vision to actually see him there. That move would change his career and help him become one of the most proficient wingers in Argentine football in the middle of the first decade of the new millenium.
Here at Mad About Fútbol, when we heard of Daniel Bilos’ retirement it was a tough one as we had interviewed him back in 2008 when he was finishing his time at San Lorenzo. He was one of the more laid back, good natured individuals that we interviewed on the show. So the news was hard for all.
The reality was that injuries began to take a toll on him especially in the tail end of his San Lorenzo stay. He suffered quadriceps injuries, hamstring injuries, and then the knee injury that would sideline him premanently.
Daniel appeared on the scene at Banfield back in 2001 and he immediately made a name for himself as El Taladro would get to the Copa Libertadores for the first time in years. His true success would come in 2005 when he made the move to La Boca. There he was part of an offensive juggernaut at Boca Juniors as he, Federico Insúa, Neri Cardozo, Rodrigo Palacio, and Martín Palermo would win two straight league titles, two South American Recopas, and a Copa Sudamericana in Alfio Basile’s first stint as Xeneize boss.
His time there was so successful that José Pekerman kept an eye on him as he gathered the 2006 World Cup squad. There was also good news on another front. Bilos was being looked at by Croatia, making his decision that much harder. Coach Zlatko Kranjcar virtually guaranteed him a starting position on that country’s national team. In the end he would decide on defending Argentina’s colors only to be left out of the World Cup squad.
He would make his much dreamed of move to Europe only to see extremely limited play at French side St. Etienne. He would be loaned out twice during this time as he would land in Mexico with Club América and then went back home to play for San Lorenzo. Bilos would be called up one more time by Alfio Basile in a friendly against Spain and would come in as a sub. Ironically he would score the only goal of his Albiceleste career in the 35th minute of that match.
The toughest part of this season was to see his teammates win and him not being able to contribute a solitary minute to Banfield’s historic championship. Although it was not the way any athlete would like to leave; it was the best gift that he could be given by his teammates.