Luis Zubeldía

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Luis Zubeldía
Personal information
Full name Luis Francisco Zubeldía
Date of birth (1981-01-13) 13 January 1981 (age 33)
Place of birth Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
LDU Quito (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Lanús 57 (3)
National team
1997 Argentina U-17 0 (0)
1999–2001 Argentina U-20 0 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2010 Lanús
2011–2012 Barcelona SC
2012–2013 Racing Club
2013– LDU Quito
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Luis Francisco Zubeldía (born 13 January 1981) is an Argentine former footballer and current manager of Ecuadorian Serie A club LDU Quito. Zubeldía played for Lanús from 1998 to 2004, but retired early at the age of 23 due to osteochondritis. Immediately after retiring, he started working in Lanús as an assistant coach to Ramón Cabrero. When Cabrero left the team, Zubeldía was appointed head coach, becoming the youngest manager ever to take charge of an Argentine Primera División team. He would go on to manage clubs in his native Argentina, as well as in Ecuador.

Playing career[edit]

Club[edit]

Zubeldía made his league debut for Lanús on 30 October 1998 in a 2–2 home draw against Independiente. He went on to make 57 appearances scoring 3 goals. In 2004, he retired from football at the age of 23 due to osteochondritis of the knee.

International[edit]

Zubeldía played for Argentina at the under-17 and under-20 level. He played in the 1997 Under-17 World Cup and the 1999 Under-20 World Cup.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

In June 2008, Zubeldía was appointed as the new manager of Lanús, at the age of 27. This made him the youngest manager in the history of the Argentine Primera División.[2] Zubeldía led the team to a 4th place finish in the 2008 Apertura (also qualifying them to the 2009 Copa Libertadores) and a third place in the 2009 Clausura. However, after lower subsequent league finishes and a series of four matches lost in a row in the 2010 Apertura, he resigned from the managerial position.[3] On June 1, 2011, Zubeldía took charge of the Spanish club Almería.[4] On June 17, it was announced that Zubeldía does not meet the requirement to coach in the Liga BBVA because he has not coached a team for 3 years or more, therefore he will not coach Almería.[5]

Barcelona SC[edit]

On June 23, 2011 it was announced that Zubeldía would be the new head coach of the biggest and most popular team in Ecuador, Barcelona.[6]

On April 9, 2011 after 9 months of a regular and positive season (16-7-8) he quits from Barcelona due to differences with current Chairman. Ecuador, Barcelona.[7]

Racing Club De Avellaneda[edit]

On 2012, Zubeldia joined Racing Club as manager, replacing Alfio Basile. He was sacked 15 months later, in August 2013.[8]

Liga De Quito[edit]

On January 2014 he was appointed manager of Liga De Quito. [9]

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