Gerardo Martino

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Gerardo Martino
Gerardo Martino (marzo de 2014).jpg
Martino managing Barcelona in 2014
Personal information
Full name Gerardo Daniel Martino
Date of birth (1962-11-20) 20 November 1962 (age 51)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
None
Youth career
1972–1980 Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1990 Newell's Old Boys 392 (35)
1991 Tenerife 15 (1)
1991–1994 Newell's Old Boys 81 (2)
1994–1995 Lanús 30 (3)
1996 Newell's Old Boys 15 (0)
1996 Barcelona SC 5 (0)
1997 O'Higgins 0 (0)
Total 538 (41)
National team
1981 Argentina U20 2 (0)
1991 Argentina 1 (0)
Teams managed
1998 Brown de Arrecifes
1999 Platense
2000 Instituto
2002–2003 Libertad
2003–2004 Cerro Porteño
2005 Colón
2005–2006 Libertad
2006–2011 Paraguay
2012–2013 Newell's Old Boys
2013–2014 Barcelona
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Gerardo Daniel "Tata" Martino (born 20 November 1962) is an Argentine manager and former football midfielder.

Martino played mostly for Newell's Old Boys in his native Rosario. He holds the record of appearances with the team playing a total of 505 matches in all official competitions. He was also selected in a fan's poll as Newell's best player throughout the club's history.[1]

He was chosen to replace Tito Vilanova as manager of FC Barcelona at the start of the 2013-14 Season, but after one trophyless season, he announced his resignation on May 17, 2014, though his side finished runner-up in both the Copa del Rey and La Liga that season.

Coaching career[edit]

Paraguay national team[edit]

Martino was assigned as head coach of the Paraguayan national football team in February 2007, replacing Uruguayan Anibal Maño Ruiz. His knowledge and success while coaching Paraguayan clubs were the parameters that positioned him as the best option for the job (other candidates were Nery Pumpido and Miguel Ángel Russo). Previously, Martino had won the Paraguayan league four times from 2002 till 2006.

In 2008, Martino was linked for vacant managerial position of Iran Pro League side Steel Azin but the deal was cancelled due to personal reasons.[2] On 5 July 2010, Martino announced that he would be stepping down as Paraguay coach on their return from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in which he led Paraguay to quarterfinals. Martino confirmed that with his four-year contract expiring, he would not be extending his spell in charge of the national side.[3] However, on 10 July 2010, Martino agreed to stay on as Paraguay coach until after the 2011 Copa America, in which Paraguay were runners-up after losing to Uruguay in the final.[4]

Barcelona[edit]

After reaching Copa Libertadores semifinals with Argentine side Newell's Old Boys, on 22 July 2013, Martino was confirmed as manager of Spanish club FC Barcelona to replace Tito Vilanova who resigned three days earlier.[5] He signed a two-year deal at Barcelona.[6][7] His first competitive game in charge of Barcelona was on 18 August 2013 against Levante UD, a game which Barcelona won 7-0 on the opening weekend of the 2013–14 La Liga season.[8] On 26 October 2013, Martino won 2-1 against rivals Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, winning his first Clasico as a Barcelona manager. Three days later Barcelona went on to win 3-0 at Celta and Martino became the first coach in Barcelona history to not lose a game in their first 16 matches. On 26 November 2013, Martino's unbeaten start as Barcelona coach came to an end after his 21st game in charge, as Barcelona lost 2-1 away at Ajax in the 2013-14 UEFA Champions League. After losing the 2013-14 La Liga title on the last day of the season, Martino announced he was to leave his role after just one year in charge during which he didn't manage to win any major trophy except the Spanish Super Cup.[9]

Managerial style[edit]

Gerardo Martino prefers to play a very high pressing and an attacking style of football. At Barcelona, Martino continued the club's preferred style of play tiki-taka along with his own tactics. All of Martino's teams have the same distinguishable traits: they play attack-minded football, they are creative and the style is based on quick passing. In addition, Martino's teams also pressure high up the pitch, play out from the back and depend on their youth systems.[10]

Personal life[edit]

Gerardo Martino is of Italian descent. His grandparents are from Ripacandida, Basilicata.[11]

Martino is married to Maria Alejandra Martino.[12] They have two daughters and a son, Gerardo Jr., who is also a footballer.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 11 May 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
Barcelona Spain 23 July 2013 17 May 2014 59 40 11 8 67.80

Honours[edit]

Player[edit]

Newell's Old Boys

Manager[edit]

Individual
Libertad
Cerro Porteño
Newell's Old Boys
FC Barcelona

References[edit]

External links[edit]

Preceded by
Claudio Borghi
South American Coach of the Year
2007
Succeeded by
Edgardo Bauza