Omar Andrés Asad (born April 9, 1971) is an Argentine football manager and former player.
As a player, Asad spent all of his career in Vélez Sársfield, winning 8 titles with the club (including both the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup).
Asad is nicknamed el Turco (in English: "the Turk") because he has Syrian and Lebanese ethnicity. In Argentina Arabs are usually mistakenly called Turks since they came to the country with Ottoman documents in the 1900s.
Playing career 
Asad played as a striker and was characterised by being strong and quick. His first match in the Argentine Primera División came in 1992, when he played for Vélez Sársfield against Talleres de Córdoba.
He was a determinant player in Vélez' most successful years, along manager Carlos Bianchi and Paraguayan goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert. With Vélez, Asad won the Argentine Primera División title in 1993 (Clausura), and after that the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup, where he was chosen Man of the Match after scoring the second goal against A.C. Milan. Asad later won the Apertura in 1995 and played for the Argentine national team, until he got injured in the end of that season, which stopped his progression as a player.
Coaching career 
On 2 January 2010 Godoy Cruz hired Asad as coach to replace Enzo Trossero. The former forward only had coaching experience with Vélez' youth divisions and reserve team. During his first season with Godoy Cruz (2010 Clausura), Asad led the team to a surprising 3rd place finish; and led them to a 5th place the following championship (2010 Apertura). Due to the good league finishes, Godoy Cruz qualified for the 2011 Copa Libertadores; however, the coach did not renew his contract with the team, citing economical reasons.
On December 23, 2010, Ecuadorian team Emelec confirmed the signing of Omar Asad to manage the team for the 2011 season.
On May 11, 2011, Argentine team San Lorenzo signed with him to take the manager position from June 20, 2011.
- Vélez Sársfield
Personal life 
Omar is nephew of Julio Asad, a former Vélez player of the 1960s and 1970s.
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