Francisco Maturana

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Francisco Maturana
Personal information
Date of birth (1949-02-15) February 15, 1949 (age 65)
Place of birth Quibdó, Colombia
Height 1.82 m.
Playing position Defender
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1980 Atlético Nacional 359 (15)
1981 Atlético Bucaramanga 22 (0)
1982 Deportes Tolima 32 (0)
Total 413 (15)
National team
1981 Colombia 6 (0)
Teams managed
1986 Once Caldas
1987–1990 Atlético Nacional
1987–1990 Colombia
1990–1991 Real Valladolid
1992–1993 América de Cali
1993–1994 Colombia
1994 Atlético Madrid
1995–1997 Ecuador
1998 Millonarios
1999 Costa Rica
1999–2000 Peru
2001 Colombia
2002 Al-Hilal
2002–2003 Colombia
2004 Colón de Santa Fe
2007 Gimnasia La Plata
2008–2009 Trinidad and Tobago
2011-2012 Al Nassr
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).
This name uses Spanish naming customs; the first or paternal family name is Maturana and the second or maternal family name is García.

Francisco Antonio Maturana García, also known as Pacho Maturana (born February 15, 1949) is a Colombian ex-football player and football manager. During his time managing most noticeably Atletico Nacional and the Colombian national football team, he achieved success marking an era in Colombian football by leading Nacional to be the first Colombian team to win the Copa Libertadores in 1989, while winning Colombia's first ever national title: the Copa America in 2001.

He is currently a member of the FIFA Football Committee.[1]

Career[edit]

Player[edit]

Born in Quibdó, Chocó, Francisco Maturana moved with his family at an early age to the city of Medellín. Here he played professional football while attending the University of Antioquia where he later obtained a degree in Dentistry. He began his professional career in 1970 at Atlético Nacional where he became a starting defender until 1980. During his time in Atlético Nacional he won two Colombian League Championships in 1973 and 1976. In 1981 he transferred to Atlético Bucaramanga and also played 6 matches with the Colombian National Team during the qualifying matches for the 1982 World Cup. In 1982 he played his last year with Deportes Tolima until he retired at the end of the season.

Manager[edit]

By motivation from Uruguyans Aníbal Ruíz and Luis Cubilla, he started managing Colombian team Once Caldas in 1986. The following year the Colombia Football Federation hired him to manage the national team's youth squad and then was quickly promoted to manage the Senior Squad to compete in the 1987 Copa América where they reached third place by beating the host Argentina. During this time, he was also hired to manage his former team Atlético Nacional. Then in 1989 he had his most successful year in his career. He led Atlético Nacional,composed of many Colombian legends, to win the Copa Libertadores for the first time for any Colombian club. Using Atlético Nacional players as a base for the National Team, he qualified the team to the 1990 World Cup after 28 years of absence. In December, he lost the Intercontinental Cup to AC Milan at the last minute of overtime. An upset to what would have been the perfect season. The following year he led Colombia to its best performance in World Cup competition by reaching the second round and losing to Cameroon.

After the World Cup, he was hired as coach of Spain's Real Valladolid. He was rumored to be the next Real Madrid coach for the 1991-92 season. In 1993 he was voted as the South American coach of the year by El Pais and he was ranked third in Spanish Newspaper Marca's list of the worlds greatest managers.

He returned to Colombia in 1992. and got his team América de Cali champion of Colombia. In 1993 he got Colombia qualified for a second time in a row to a World Cup, with a historic triumph over Argentina in Buenos Aires by 5-0. That score made Colombia a surprising favorite for the 1994 World Cup, but the performance there was disappointing, as the team was eliminated in the first round, being defeated by such teams as the United States and Romania.

He had later a brief stint as coach of Atlético Madrid and in 1995 he was hired as the trainer of Ecuador National Football Team. After failing to get Ecuador qualified for the 1998 FIFA World Cup, he returned to Colombia to coach Millonarios.

In 1999 he briefly coached Costa Rica, and in 2000 he also coached for a few months Peru. He would later return to coach Colombia for the 2001 Copa América, winning it for the first time. His latest jobs as a coach would include Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal, where he won the domestic league and the Asian Champions League and a new stint for Colombia and Argentina's Colón de Santa Fe.

He worked for FIFA as a technical adviser where he has hold various coaching seminars around the world with the likes of Fabio Capello and Cesar Menotti.

In April 2007 Maturana accepted an offer from Argentine Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata. He directed his first game on April 22, 2007, the derby against Estudiantes de La Plata. In August 2007 Maturana ended his relationship with Club de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata

As of February 1 he took up the position of Head Coach of Trinidad and Tobago's National Team.[2] His first game in charge was against Guadeloupe on February 6 at the Queens Park Oval in Trinidad. However on April 8, 2009 Maturana was sacked as manager of Trinidad and Tobago.

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Atlético Nacional

Manager[edit]

Atlético Nacional

América de Cali

Colombia

Al-Hilal

References[edit]

Awards
Preceded by
Uruguay Roberto Fleitas
Copa Libertadores winning managers
1989
Succeeded by
Uruguay Luis Cubilla
Preceded by
Brazil Telê Santana
South American Coach of the Year
1993
Succeeded by
Argentina Carlos Bianchi