Berizzo in 2012
|Full name||Manuel Eduardo Berizzo|
|Date of birth||13 November 1969|
|Place of birth||Cruz Alta, Argentina|
|Height||1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|1988–1993||Newell's Old Boys||126||(10)|
|2000||→ River Plate (loan)||30||(2)|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
During his 18-year professional career he played for six teams in four countries, mainly Newell's Old Boys, River Plate and Celta. The bearer of an Italian passport, he did not occupy a non-EU spot while competing in Europe.
Born in Cruz Alta, Marcos Juárez, Córdoba, Berizzo started his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1988. He helped to two first division titles before his departure to Mexico for Club Atlas, five years later.
In 1996 Berizzo returned to his country, joining national powerhouse Club Atlético River Plate. His solid performances eventually attracted the attention of French side Olympique de Marseille, but he did not settle in the club or the country, being loaned to his former team in January 2000.
Berizzo moved to Spain with Celta de Vigo, in another winter transfer move. With the Galicians he was an important defensive unit, contributing with 17 La Liga matches in his first year as the club finished in sixth position; in his second full season he registered career-bests (at Celta) 27 games with two goals, helping the side reach the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever.
In the 2003–04 campaign Berizzo was sent off four times, twice in the last two rounds, as Celta eventually dropped down a level. He also appeared in five matches in the club's round-of-16 run in European competition, eventually losing his importance and being released in June 2005 at nearly 36.
In 2012 Berizzo was appointed head coach at O'Higgins FC, and achieved runner-up honours in his debut season, losing the final against Club Universidad de Chile in a penalty shootout. On 10 December 2013 he led the team to the 2013 Apertura, this being the first title in the club's 58-year history.
Berizzo made his debut for Argentina in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage against Venezuela, on 9 October 1996. He was picked up for the squads for the 1997 Copa América – only playing in the quarterfinal loss to Peru, being sent off after two yellow cards– and the 1999 Copa América, where he was not used.
Berizzo played his last international on 15 November 2000, in the 2002 World Cup qualifier against Chile, appearing seven minutes in a 2–0 away win. He broke his ankle in February 2002, completely ruling him out of the final stages in South Korea and Japan.
When Marcelo Bielsa took over as Chile manager in July 2007, Berizzo became assistant manager. On 10 October 2009, in a World Cup qualifier against Colombia (4–2 away win), he was ejected alongside Fabián Orellana and eventually received a four-match ban, not being present on the bench for the entirety of the final stages in South Africa.
- River Plate
- Argentine Primera División: Clausura 1997, Apertura 1997, Clausura 2000
- Supercopa Libertadores: 1997
- Medalla Santa Cruz de Triana: 2014
Shortly after leaving Marseille, Berizzo spoke out against alleged homosexuality in France:
"A bunch of faggots is what you have in French football. There are so many homosexual players there, they always provoke you, they touch your thighs, your bum, to see if you will give some kind of signal. I feel disgusted when a homosexual shares the same shower and stares at one's bum with desire, and even gets emotional when you are naked."—Berizzo quoted in a Daily Telegraph Article.
- "Berizzo: Manuel Eduardo Berizzo". BDFutbol. Retrieved 26 May 2014.
- "Llorens, cedido a Osasuna" [Llorens, loaned to Osasuna] (in Spanish). El País. 28 December 2000. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Eduardo Berizzo" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "U. de Chile venció en infartante definición a O'Higgins y logró su primer tricampeonato" [U. de Chile defeated O'Higgins in heart-stopping finale and won three championships in a row for the first time] (in Spanish). Cooperativa. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- "El cielo se tiñó de celeste: ¡O’Higgins campeón!" [The sky was coloured sky blue: O’Higgins champion!] (in Spanish). El Tipógrafo. 11 December 2013. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
- "Eduardo Berizzo, nuevo entrenador del RC Celta" [Eduardo Berizzo, new RC Celta manager] (in Spanish). Celta de Vigo. 19 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Copa América 1997". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- "Berizzo, suspendido para la primera fase del Mundial" [Berizzo, suspended for the World Cup's group stage] (in Spanish). TyC Sports. 29 December 2009. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
- Jeffries, Tony (29 December 2000). "Quotes of the year". The Daily Telegraph (London). Retrieved 13 August 2009.
- Eduardo Berizzo French league stats at LFP.fr (French)
- BDFutbol profile
- Eduardo Berizzo at National-Football-Teams.com
- Eduardo Berizzo – FIFA competition record