Marcelo Gallardo

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Marcelo Gallardo
Marcelo Gallardo (cropped).jpg
Personal information
Full name Marcelo Daniel Gallardo
Date of birth (1976-01-18) 18 January 1976 (age 38)
Place of birth Merlo, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.65 m (5 ft 5 in)
Playing position Attacking midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1993–1999 River Plate 109 (18)
1999–2002 Monaco 103 (18)
2002–2006 River Plate 132 (38)
2006–2008 Paris Saint-Germain 22 (2)
2008 D.C. United 15 (4)
2009–2010 River Plate 21 (7)
2010–2011 Nacional 12 (3)
Total 414 (90)
National team
1994–2003 Argentina 44 (13)
Teams managed
2011–2012 Nacional
2014– River Plate
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Marcelo Daniel Gallardo (born 18 January 1976) is a former Argentine footballer who was also the manager for River Plate.[1] He was an attacking midfielder in the role of playmaker.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Nicknamed El Muñeco (the doll) due to his small frame (169 cm, 70 kg), Gallardo started his football career back in 1992-93 season with River Plate and won 4 Argentinian Torneo de Apertura (93, 94, 96 and 97), 1 Argentinian Torneo de Clausura (1997) and 1 Copa Libertadores (1996).

His initial spell with los millonarios lasted until season 1998-99; by then he had played 109 league games for them and scored 18 goals.

Europe[edit]

In 1999, he was snapped up by Monaco. In his first season in Europe, Gallardo proved his worth and played 28 games, scoring 8 goals and formed lethal partnership with Ludovic Giuly in Midfield.

In the following season, Gallardo won his first Première Division and Trophée Des Champions with Monaco.

As a team containing many big-name players such as Marco Simone, Fabien Barthez, Willy Sagnol, Martin Djetou, Pablo Contreras, Ludovic Giuly, Philippe Christanval, Rafael Márquez, Sabri Lamouchi, David Trezeguet, and John Arne Riise, Monaco enjoyed their success domestically and it was evident Gallardo was one of the star players, having won the French League Footballer of the Year that year.

However in his third season, things did not go well off the pitch for Gallardo as he was not in good terms with his coach Didier Deschamps[1] after being named on the bench midway through 2000-01 season. Following the examples of Panucci and Simone, Gallardo decided to leave Monaco at the end of the season.

Back to Argentina[edit]

After making 102 appearances and scoring 18 goals for Monaco, Gallardo returned to his old club River Plate as club captain, he helped them win another Clausura in 2004.

Back to France[edit]

Marcello Gallardo was bought by the Parisian club PSG for an undisclosed fee in January 2007. Paris Saint-Germain signed a two year contract with Marcelo and made his debut in a 3-0 cup win against Nîmes on 7 January.

On 13 January 2007 he played his first Ligue 1 match for PSG against Valenciennes[2]

After spending only one season with the club, Gallardo terminated his contract, looking to move to Major League Soccer in the United States.[3]

Major League Soccer with D.C. United[edit]

On 29 January 2008 Gallardo was presented as the newest member of D.C. United. With a 2008 salary of $1.87 million, Gallardo is the highest-paid player in United history and its first Designated Player. Gallardo has the third-largest salary in MLS for 2008, behind English midfielder David Beckham of the Los Angeles Galaxy ($6.5 million guaranteed) and Mexican forward Cuauhtémoc Blanco of the Chicago Fire ($2.67 million).[4] He scored his first league goal for United on 5 April 2008 against Toronto FC. On 17 and 19 July Gallardo underwent surgery for a sports hernia. In February 2009 he left D.C. United and returned for the third time to his old club River Plate.

Nacional and new career as a manager[edit]

In 2010 he signed at Nacional de Montevideo in the Uruguayan League. On 12 June 2011, Gallardo played his last match winning the Uruguay Tournament making him one of the few players to win a championship or a league in every team that he played. He retired as a player, and was hired a few days later as new manager of Nacional, his first job as a football manager. He won the 2011/2012 championship and left the club. He was assisted by Matías Biscay, Pablo Rodríguez and professor Marcelo Tulbovitz during his time at Nacional Montevideo.

National team[edit]

Gallardo made his international debut for Argentina in 1994 against Chile and made 44 appearances and scored 13 goals.

He was also in the Argentina squad for the 1998 World Cup and 2002 World Cup.

Playing style[edit]

He tends to play as a central playmaker. He is well known for his free kicks and corners. He is also skillful in confrontation and possesses an intelligent footballing brain although he is best known for his defense splitting passes.

National team statistics[edit]

Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
1994 2 0
1995 11 5
1996 0 0
1997 8 5
1998 9 0
1999 4 0
2000 2 1
2001 5 2
2002 1 0
2003 2 0
Total 44 13

Honours[edit]

Marcelo Gallardo
Medal record
Competitor for  Argentina
Men's Football
Olympic Games
Silver 1996 Atlanta Team Competition
Pan American Games
Gold 1995 Mar del Plata Team Competition

As a player[edit]

With Club Atlético River Plate
With AS Monaco FC
With Paris Saint-Germain
With D.C. United
With Club Nacional de Football

As a coach[edit]

With Club Nacional de Football

Individual honors[edit]

Distinción Año
Chosen as the best young player in Torneo Apertura of Argentina 1993
Chosen as the best young player in Torneo Clausura of Argentina 1994
Chosen as the best player in Torneo Clausura of Argentina 1994
Chosen as the best player in Torneo Apertura of Argentina 1994
Chosen as the best player in Torneo Clausura of Argentina 1995
Chosen as the best player in Torneo Clausura of Argentina 1996
Chosen as the best player in Torneo Apertura of Argentina 1997
Chosen as the best player in the French League 2000

References[edit]

  1. ^ «Gallardo es el técnico»
  2. ^ "Tactical Formation". Football-Lineups.com. Retrieved 5 February 2007. 
  3. ^ "Gallardo Leaning Towards MLS". Soccer365.com. Retrieved 24 January 2008. 
  4. ^ Goff, Steven (4 April 2008). "Gallardo Is United's Highest-Paid Player Ever". The Washington Post. Retrieved 4 April 2008. 

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