Gabriel Calderón

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Gabriel Calderón
Gabriel Calderón 2002.jpg
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Humberto Calderón
Date of birth (1960-02-07) 7 February 1960 (age 54)
Place of birth Rawson, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
None
Youth career
1974–1976 El Porvenir
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1976–1977 El Porvenir 25 (3)
1977–1981 Racing Club 113 (3)
1978 Lanús (loan) 24 (0)
1981–1983 Independiente 85 (16)
1983–1987 Betis 74 (15)
1987–1990 Paris Saint-Germain 131 (38)
1990–1992 Sion 102 (11)
1992–1993 Caen 47 (17)
1993–1994 Lausanne Sports 36 (2)
Total 637 (105)
National team
1977–1981 Argentina U21 20 (5)
1981–1990 Argentina 23 (1)
Teams managed
1997–2000 Caen
2003 Lausanne Sports
2004–2005 Saudi Arabia
2007–2008 Oman
2008–2010 Al-Ittihad
2010–2011 Al-Hilal
2011–2012 Baniyas
2012–2013 Bahrain
2014 Betis
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gabriel Humberto Calderón (born 7 February 1960) is a former Argentine football midfielder who is the current manager of Real Betis in La Liga. Calderón played in several teams including Argentine Racing Club de Avellaneda and Club Atlético Independiente, Spanish Real Betis and French Paris Saint-Germain. He was part of the Argentina Under-20 team that won the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship, and also played in the 1982 FIFA World Cup in Spain and in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. After his retirement, he managed Caen, Lausanne Sports and several teams in Middle East like Saudi Arabia national football team, Oman national football team, Al-Ittihad, Al-Hilal and Baniyas.

Early life[edit]

He was born on 7 February 1960 in Rawson, Chubut Province. He began his football career in with Club El Porvenir B team in 1974 and was promoted to the original squad in 1976.

Playing career[edit]

Club career[edit]

He was promoted to the El Porvenir original team in 1976 and was transferred to the Racing Club de Avellaneda in the next year after good showing and played three seasons and a half season at Club Atlético Lanús as loan.

Then, he was played for Club Atlético Independiente two seasons before moving to La Liga side, Real Betis. He played for Betis 131 times and scored 38 goals in his for seasons career. In 1987, he moved to Ligue 1 Paris Saint-Germain and played for the club three seasons. He was one of the key players of PSG in his second season at the club. In 1990, he joined to FC Sion but was returned to France to played for Stade Malherbe Caen in 1992. He moved back to Switzerland next year and finished his football career in FC Lausanne-Sport in 1994 at the age of 34.

International career[edit]

He played for Argentina Under-20 team and won the 1979 FIFA World Youth Championship. In 1981, he was invited to the national team by coach César Luis Menotti. He made his debut in match against Brazil and scored his only international goal in match against Denmark. He was part of the national team in 1982 FIFA World Cup held in Spain and in the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy and played along with Diego Maradona. He was key player of the national team in 1990 FIFA World Cup which Argentina reached to the final match of the tournament. After the tournament, he was retired from international career at the age of 30 which collected 23 caps and scored 1 goals for Argentina national football team.

Date Venue Opponent Result Competition Goals
1987-04-02 Buenos Aires, Argentina  Denmark 1–0 Friendly 1

Managerial career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Calderón began his managerial career in 1997 as head coach of Stade Malherbe Caen which he was played for the club between 1992 to 1993. He was appointed as head coach of Lausanne Sports, another former club in 2003 but was resigned after just five weeks due to poor results.

Saudi Arabia national football team[edit]

Calderón then took over as the coach for the Saudi Arabia national football team at the end of 2004, and successfully guided the Saudi team to qualification for the Football World Cup 2006 in Germany by beating Uzbekistan 3–0 in Riyadh. Calderón said "Qualifying to the World Cup is the dream of every coach and I'm more than satisfied with our campaign in the qualifiers." "I'm very happy with the qualification since that was the goal I was aiming at when I first arrived in the Kingdom," he added.

However, in December 2005, Calderón was fired by the Saudi Arabia Football Federation as they were dissatisfied by the team's poor showing in the West Asian Games after a defeat to Iran, and was replaced by Marcos Paqueta.

Oman national football team[edit]

Calderón in a pre-match conference in the 2007 AFC Asian Cup

On 9 April 2007, Calderón signed as the coach of the Oman national football team and led the team at the 2007 AFC Asian Cup. Oman began the tournament with a 1–1 draw with Australia but was defeated 0–2 against co-host Thailand, then made a 0–0 draw with the tournament's winner, Iraq and eliminated in the Group Stage. On 30 June 2008, he was resigned as head coach of Oman national football team in order to become new head coach of Saudi Al-Ittihad.

Al-Ittihad[edit]

In 30 June 2008, he was returned to Saudi Arabia to become new Al-Ittihad head coach. In his first season at Al-Ittihad, he eventually won the Saudi Premier League by beating Al-Hilal 2–1 in the final match of the league played on King Fahad Stadium in Riyadh and finished the season in first place, five points behind of runner-up, Al-Hilal. Unless success in the league, Al-Ittihad eliminated from 2008 ACL and lost the final game of King Cup of Champions to Al-Shabab. At the second and final season at Al-Ittihad, he won King Cup of Champions which beat Al-Hilal in the final match. He also led the club to the final match of 2009 AFC Champions League, win the Group A and defeated compatriot Al-Shabab 2–1 in the Round of 16. Then, beat Uzbek Pakhtakor 5–1 aggregate and Nagoya Grampus 8–3 to reached to the final. They faced Pohang Steelers in Tokyo, Japan but was beaten by Korean side 1–2 and finished the tournament as runner-up. Two months after that, Calderón resigned from his position as Al-Ittihad's head coach. He was linked to Argentina national football team to succeed Diego Maradona in 2010.

Al-Hilal[edit]

On 5 November 2010, Calderón was announced as the new head coach of Al-Hilal. Calderón would succeed Eric Gerets who departed to take charge of the Moroccan national team. He led the club to 2010–11 league champions without any lose and Crown Prince Cup title. He also led the club to knockout stage of 2011 ACL but was defeated by his former club, Al-Ittihad in the Round of 16. Despite his achievements at the club, he was dismissed at the end of the season and on 19 July 2011 following the club's 3–0 defeat to league rivals Al Ittihad in the first leg of 2011 King Cup of Champions.

Baniyas[edit]

On 23 November 2011, he was appointed as UAE Pro-League side Baniyas SC's head. Baniyas was at the 11th place before his arrival and was at the bottom of the league along with Sharjah but he saved the club from relegation and finished the league in 9th place. He also led the club to the final match of UAE President's Cup but was defeated by Al-Jazira. Under his management, Baniyas was reached to the knockout stage of AFC Champions League for the first time in the club's history but was defeated by Al-Hilal, Calderón's former side in the Round of 16. After this defeat, he announced that he would not renewed his contract with Baniyas. He officially left the club on 30 May 2012. He was linked to Persepolis in June 2012 but job was went to Manuel José.

Bahrain[edit]

On 28 October 2012, Calderón was announced as head coach of Bahrain national football team to succeed Peter Taylor after the latter's dismissal. His first taste as manager came on 9 December 2012 in match with Yemen in 2012 West Asian Football Federation Championship. He was sacked on 13 August 2013.

Real Betis[edit]

He was appointed as head coach of La Liga side Real Betis on 19 January 2014, replacing Juan Carlos Garrido.

Statistics[edit]

As of 11th May 2014
Nat Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA +/- Win %
France SM Caen July 1997 May 2000 118 43 39 36 158 131 +27 36.44
Switzerland Lausanne Sports July 2003 December 2003 15 5 5 5 23 22 +1 33.33
Saudi Arabia Saudi Arabia November 2004 December 2005 20 9 4 7 26 22 +4 45.00
Oman Oman April 2007 June 2008 28 13 11 4 34 27 +7 46.43
Saudi Arabia Al-Ittihad June 2008 January 2010 63 44 11 8 153 76 +77 69.84
Saudi Arabia Al-Hilal December 2010 July 2011 37 25 9 3 73 31 +42 67.57
United Arab Emirates Baniyas November 2011 May 2012 24 11 7 6 40 33 +7 45.83
Bahrain Bahrain October 2012 August 2013 21 9 8 4 22 16 +6 42.86
Spain Real Betis January 2014 May 2014 21 6 3 12 23 37 -14 28.57

Honours[edit]

As a player[edit]

Paris Saint-Germain
FC Sion
Argentina U-20
Argentina

As a manager[edit]

Al-Ittihad
Al-Hilal
Baniyas

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