Óscar Tabárez

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Óscar Tabárez
Óscar Wáshington Tabárez.jpg
Tabárez with Uruguay in 2012
Personal information
Full name Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Sclavo[1]
Date of birth (1947-03-03) 3 March 1947 (age 67)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current club Uruguay (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1971 Sud América
1972–1973 Sportivo Italiano
1975 Montevideo Wanderers
1976 Fénix
1976–1977 Puebla
1977–1979 Bella Vista
Teams managed
1980–1983 Bella Vista
1983 Uruguay U20
1984 Danubio
1985–1986 Montevideo Wanderers
1987 Peñarol
1987 Uruguay U20
1988 Deportivo Cali
1988–1990 Uruguay
1991–1993 Boca Juniors
1993–1994 Peñarol
1994–1995 Cagliari
1996 Milan
1997–1998 Oviedo
1998–1999 Cagliari
2001 Vélez Sársfield
2002 Boca Juniors
2006– Uruguay
2012 Uruguay Olympic
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Sclavo, known as El Maestro (The Teacher) (born 3 March 1947) is an Uruguayan football manager and former defender, who currently is the manager of the Uruguay national team.

After an unassuming career as a player and after working as a primary school teacher, he embarked on an extensive coaching career which has lasted more than 30 years and included coaching teams in Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Spain. Tabárez managed the Uruguay national football team from 1988–1990, returning to the job for a second time in 2006. He led the team to fourth place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and to victory in the 2011 Copa América.

Playing career[edit]

During his 12-year senior career, Tabárez played mainly for modest clubs, representing Sud América, Sportivo Italiano (Argentina), Montevideo Wanderers, Fénix, Puebla in Mexico and Bella Vista, retiring at the age of 32.

Managerial career[edit]

In 1980, a year after retiring as a player, Tabárez took up coaching at Bella Vista. The following year, he was named the Uruguay under-20s manager. He would coach the side on two separate occasions. He subsequently worked in many clubs in his country, without settling anywhere. However, in 1987, he led national giants C.A. Peñarol to their fifth Copa Libertadores, beating América de Cali. This success was fundamental in his appointment as manager of the Uruguayan national team, which he led to the Round of 16 of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, losing against the hosts. He later coached Argentine League giants Boca Juniors for two years.

In 1994 Tabárez moved to Italy to manage Serie A side Cagliari Calcio. After leading them to ninth place in the 1994–95 season, Tabárez was hired by A.C. Milan, but his spell would only last a few months: after an Italian Supercup defeat against ACF Fiorentina, at the San Siro, a 2–3 loss at against Piacenza Calcio for the league cost him his position. He was replaced by Arrigo Sacchi, and the Rossoneri eventually finished 11th.[2]

Tabárez then worked with Real Oviedo in Spain, with the Asturias club eventually only maintaining top division status in the promotion/relegation play-offs against UD Las Palmas, winning 4–3 on aggregate. He then returned to Cagliari, being sacked after one draw and three losses.

After two years in Argentina, with Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield and Boca, Tabárez spent four years away from football management. In 2006, after Uruguay had failed to qualify for three out of the preceding four FIFA World Cups, he took charge of the national team.[3] His first tournament saw the side take fourth place in the 2007 Copa América, in Venezuela.

After a successful play-off against Costa Rica, Tabárez and the Charrúas qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa, where the national team reached the semi-finals for the first time in 40 years, only conceding five goals in six matches until that point. Uruguay ended the competition in fourth place, after a 2–3 defeat against Germany.[4]

In the 2011 Copa América Tábarez led Uruguay to its 15th victory in the tournament, with the national side winning three games and drawing three in Argentina, and only conceding three goals. This meant that Tabarez has led Uruguay to the most wins of any country ever in the Copa America.

Uruguay record[edit]

First spell[edit]

      Win       Draw       Loss

Second spell[edit]

Uruguay Olympic Team 2012[edit]

Managerial record for the national teams[edit]

As of 20 November 2013.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Uruguay Uruguay 1988 1990 34 17 8 9 50 28 +22 50.00
2006 Present 103 48 30 25 177 112 +65 46.60
Uruguay Olympic team 2012 (Olympics) 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 50.00
Total 143 68 39 36 237 148 +89 47.55




Boca Juniors




Personal life[edit]

  • Aside from his career in football, Tabárez also worked as a teacher.[8]
  • He is a professed admirer of the teachings of Che Guevara—naming his daughter Tania after Guevara's last companion—and the work of Eduardo Galeano.[8]


  1. ^ http://www.fifa.com/worldcup/preliminaries/play-off/matches/round=258532/match=300260871/report.html
  2. ^ "Leo avvisato: da Sacchi a Terim, al Milan o stelle o stalle" [Leo warned: from Sacchi to Terim, at Milan you either star or crash] (in Italian). Sky Italia. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Away curse stalks Uruguay". FIFA.com. 28 February 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Khedira completes comeback". ESPNsoccernet. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "SUB 23: URUGUAY Y EGIPTO EMPATARON 0:0". Tenfieldigital.com. 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012.  (Spanish)
  6. ^ "Uruguay encendió la llama con goles...". Tenfieldigital.com. 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012.  (Spanish)
  7. ^ "Uruguay se despidió con sonrisas". Tenfieldigital.com. 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.  (Spanish)
  8. ^ a b El Maestro seeks to restore the tradition of a forgotten footballing identity; The Guardian

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Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Argentina Héctor Veira
Copa Libertadores winning managers
Succeeded by
Uruguay Roberto Fleitas