Antonio Mohamed

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This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Mohamed and the second or maternal family name is Matijevich.
Antonio Mohamed
Antonio Ricardo Mohamed Matijevich.jpg
Mohamed in 2012
Personal information
Full name Ricardo Antonio Mohamed Matijevich[1]
Date of birth (1970-04-02) 2 April 1970 (age 44)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Striker
Club information
Current team
América (manager)
Youth career
Vélez Sársfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1991 Huracán 109 (41)
1991–1992 Boca Juniors 15 (4)
1992–1993 Independiente 26 (2)
1993–1998 Toros Neza 166 (49)
1998–2000 Monterrey 58 (12)
2000 Marte 20 (12)
2001 Irapuato 16 (2)
2001–2002 Atlante 24 (1)
2002 Celaya 14 (1)
2003 Zacatepec 16 (1)
Total 464 (125)
National team
1989 Argentina U20 2 (0)
1988–1991 Argentina 4 (1)
Teams managed
2003 Huracán
2003 Zacatepec
2004 Morelia
2005 Querétaro
2006 Jaguares
2007 Veracruz
2008–2010 Colón
2010–2011 Independiente
2011–2013 Tijuana
2013 Huracán
2014– América
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Ricardo Antonio Mohamed Matijevich (born 2 April 1970) is a former Argentine footballer and current manager of Liga MX club América.

Mohamed is commonly known as El Turco (Spanish for The Turk).

Club career[edit]

Antonio Mohamed started his career in Argentina with Huracán in 1987, when the club was playing in the Argentine second division. In the 1988–89 season, he was an important part of the Huracán team that gained promotion to the first division, scoring the only goal against Los Andes in the decisive match. Mohamed made his debut in the first division on 19 August 1990 in a match between Huracán and Deportivo Mandiyú, which ended in a 2–2 draw. He soon transferred to Italian club Fiorentina for US$1.2 million, but was successively loaned to Boca Juniors and Independiente. He would later play for the majority of his career in Mexico. His career climaxed with Toros Neza when they had made it to the final against Guadalajara in the Verano '97 season alongside other famous players at the time such as Nildeson, Rodrigo Ruiz, and Germán Arangio. Mohamed left Toros Neza shortly before the club dissolved and went on to play for Monterrey. After playing briefly for several other Mexican football clubs from 2000 to 2003, he officially retired.[2]

International career[edit]

Mohamed also played with Argentina, making his debut in a friendly match against Hungary on 19 February 1991, with Argentina winning the match 2–0. He made 4 total appearances.[2]

Managerial career[edit]

Argentina and Mexico[edit]

After retiring as a player, he returned to Buenos Aires to become the manager of Club Atlético Huracán. He then had spells as manager of Mexican clubs Zacatepec, Morelia, Querétaro, Chiapas and Veracruz. Mohamed returned to Argentina and in 2008 he led Colón de Santa Fe back into the Primera División for the first time since their relegation in 2003, only to be replaced by Osvaldo Ardiles six games into the season.[3]

In 2010 he managed the Independiente side that won the Copa Sudamericana tournament, defeating Brazilian side Goiás. He returned to Mexico in 2012 with Club Tijuana. Mohamed led Tijuana to the Apertura 2012 championship, defeating Toluca 4–1 on aggregate.[4] After stepping down as Tijuana manager in 2013 so he could move to back to Argentina to be close to his family,[5] Mohamed became the manager of Huracán for a second time, though a string of negative results led to his early resignation.[6]

América[edit]

On 10 December 2013 Antonio Mohamed was named the new manager of Club América for the Clausura 2014 tournament after the club's president Ricardo Peláez confirmed it during an interview with media outlet Univision.[7] He was officially presented to the press on 17 December.[8] At the press conference it was revealed that he had signed a one year contract with the club, with the potential for an extension pending a review of his performance. Mohamed also spoke of the pressure that came with managing América and comparing it to his time with Club Tijuana, saying, "Here I have everything [sic] to lose."[9] His first two signings where Paraguayan center-back Pablo Aguilar, whom he coached while at Tijuana,[10] and Argentine striker Andrés Ríos.[11]

Mohamed's first league match with América came on 4 January 2014 in a 3–0 victory against UANL at the Estadio Azteca.[12] Mohamed suffered his first defeat as América manager on 10 January in a 0–1 loss to Tijuana.[13] Following a run of three-consecutive victories against León, Atlas, and Atlante respectively, América suffered defeats to Pachuca and Morelia (both by a score of 0–1), the first time they lost back-to-back games since the Clausura 2012 tournament,[14] leading the club's start to the tournament to be described as a "crisis." The team was criticized for its defensive style of play, with many drawing comparisons to former manager Miguel Herrera's successful reign with the club,[15] though some believed that a lack of a proper pre-season and Mohamed trying to make the team his own were resulting in the team's poor performances.[16]

On 23 February, América was defeated 1–3 by UNAM in the Mexico City derby, ending the club's two-year hegemony over UNAM.[17] The club's poor performance lead fans to Twitter asking Mohamed to resign.[18]

On 27 April, following a 1–1 draw against Toluca at the Estadio Nemesio Diez, América secured their qualification for the playoffs.[19] They would ultimately be eliminated in the quarterfinals by Santos Laguna with a 6–6 aggregate score (América won the first leg 5–3 and lost the second 1–3), with the away goals rule being the series' deciding factor.[20] At the post-match press conference, Mohamed stated his hope for continuing on with the club, saying: "I am very content at the club, the board has given me their full support…, if nothing strange happens than we [the coaching staff] will surely have a preseason… I have a contract until December, they have always given me their full support, and it is up to them to decide."[21]

Personal life[edit]

Nickname[edit]

He is given the nickname El Turco (The Turk in English) due to his last name, Mohamed, which he inherited from his father, who was of Lebanese origin. His mother comes from a Croatian background. In Argentina, and most of Latin America, Arabs are usually mistakenly called Turks since they came to Latin America with Ottoman Turkish documents in the 1900s.

Tragedy[edit]

In June 2006 Mohamed's nine year old son Faryd was killed in a car collision during the World Cup in Germany.[22] Mohamed himself suffered severe injuries in the accident and was in danger of losing his leg.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 3 May 2014[n 1][n 2]
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
América 4 January 2014 Present 17 8 3 6 23 17 +6 47.06

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Huracán
Argentina

Managerial[edit]

Independiente
Tijuana

Individual[edit]

  • Number 11 retired by Toros Neza as a tribute to his run with the club (1993–98)

Notes[edit]

  1. ^ Only includes official matches
  2. ^ Exludes matches in which he was suspended

References[edit]

  1. ^ Official information about Antonio Mohamed Matijevich
  2. ^ a b "Antonio Mohamed biography". 
  3. ^ Escobar, Vincent (16 December 2013). "Así sería América con Antonio Mohamed". Goal.com (in Spanish). Retrieved 16 December 2013. 
  4. ^ Calvo, Carlos (3 December 2012). "Tijuana win first league championship". Reuters. Retrieved 3 December 2012. 
  5. ^ Marshall, Tom. "Antonio Mohamed heads for Club Tijuana exit". Goal.com. Retrieved 24 May 2013. 
  6. ^ "Antonio Mohamed se fue de Huracán". canchallena. Retrieved 1 October 2013. 
  7. ^ "Antonio Mohamed será el próximo director técnico del América, confirmó Peláez". Univision. Retrieved 10 December 2013. 
  8. ^ "Mohamed presentado como nuevo técnico americanista". Club América – Sitio Oficial. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  9. ^ Espinosa, Eduardo (17 December 2013). "Acá tengo para perder: Mohamed". La Afición. Retrieved 17 December 2013. 
  10. ^ "Pablo Aguilar will accompany coach Mohamed in America of Mexico". CONMEBOL official website. Retrieved 19 December 2013. 
  11. ^ Montes, Juan Martín (7 January 2014). "Confirma América a Andrés Ríos como refuerzo". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 7 January 2014. 
  12. ^ "Concacaf Football - Mohamed's America crush Tigres 3-0 at Clausura start". Eurosport. Retrieved 5 January 2014. 
  13. ^ "Xolos vence a América y a Mohamed en su regreso a Tijuana". CNN México. Retrieved 11 January 2014. 
  14. ^ Terán, Juan Manuel (14 February 2014). "'Amoroso' triunfo Monarca sobre el América". Medio Tiempo. Retrieved 14 February 2014. 
  15. ^ Villagrana, Rafael Ramos (21 February 2014). "Scales tip in favor of Herrera vs. Mohamed". ESPN FC. Retrieved 21 February 2014. 
  16. ^ Bell, Arch (10 February 2014). "Still to early to judge Mohamed at America". ESPN FC. Retrieved 10 February 2014. 
  17. ^ "Sin lucir, Pumas 'despluma' 3-1 a las Águilas en el Azteca". Terra Networks. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  18. ^ "Usuarios piden renuncia de Mohamed tras derrota del América". Informador.com.mx. 22 February 2014. Retrieved 23 February 2014. 
  19. ^ "Toluca 1-1 América: Con cuadro alterno, Toluca apenas es empatado 1-1 por América". Univision. Retrieved 27 April 2014. 
  20. ^ Mújica, Miguel Ángel (3 May 2014). "Santos remonta ante América y se mete a semifinales". Esto. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  21. ^ "Antonio Mohamed niega salida de América pese a eliminación". Terra Networks. Retrieved 4 May 2014. 
  22. ^ ESPN Deportes article

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