Roberto Sensini

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Roberto Sensini
Personal information
Full name Roberto Néstor Sensini
Date of birth (1966-10-12) 12 October 1966 (age 47)
Place of birth Arroyo Seco, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Atlético de Rafaela (Head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1986–1989 Newell's Old Boys 74 (2)
1989–1993 Udinese 149 (9)
1993–1999 Parma 156 (11)
1999–2000 Lazio 24 (1)
2000–2002 Parma 35 (0)
2002–2006 Udinese 91 (7)
Total 529 (30)
National team
1987–2000 Argentina 60 (0)
Teams managed
2006 Udinese
2007–2008 Estudiantes de La Plata
2009–2011 Newell's Old Boys
2012–2013 Colón
2014–present Atlético de Rafaela
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Roberto Néstor Sensini (born 12 October 1966) is a retired Argentine football defender and current manager. With the Argentina national team, he won both the 1991 and 1993 Copa America, and representing his nation in the 1990, 1994, and 1998 FIFA World Cup finals.


His professional playing career started in 1986 for Newell's Old Boys; where he won his first title before relocating to Italy in 1989, joining Udinese. He played 5 seasons for the bianconeri, before moving to Parma in 1994; where he remained for a further 5 seasons. During this period Sensini won two UEFA Cups, two Italian Cups, and the UEFA Super Cup with the gialloblu. He would then have a brief stint at S.S. Lazio, winning the scudetto and Italian Cup in his first season. After two years with the club, he moved back to Parma for a further year before returning to his first Italian club Udinese in 2002.

In 2005, he was one of the most consistent performers in the surprise qualification of Udinese in the UEFA Champions League. Sensini was one of the oldest players of the 2005/2006 Serie A, holding even the record as the oldest foreign player to score a goal in first division, at the age of 39 years, two months and 26 days. With over 380 matches at the top level, he was considered as one of the most experienced defenders of the Italian league, and often nicknamed nonno (grandfather) by Italian sports journalists.

International career[edit]

"Boquita" Sensini debuted for his national team in 1987, and played his last match in 2000. He played in the World Cup 1990, 1994 and 1998, finishing as runner up in 1990. He was also part of the championship teams in the 1991 Copa America and 1993 Copa America, as well as the silver medal-winning team at the 1996 Summer Olympics in Atlanta, Georgia, as one of the three over-23 players allowed per squad.


On 10 February 2006, after the dismissal of Serse Cosmi, Sensini was appointed as new manager of Udinese, supported by Loris Dominissini, who was legally the coach, in his new position. However, on 20 March he resigned, and left the club, after a long crisis of results which brought the team in danger of relegation, and to be defeated in UEFA Cup by Bulgarian team Levski Sofia.

For the Argentine Torneo Clausura 2008, Sensini coached Estudiantes de La Plata, having replaced Diego Simeone. Sensini then went to manage Newell's Old Boys for the Clausura 2009 tournament.[1] In April 2011, he resigned after 2 years as head coach of Newell's Old Boys after Lepra's sixth loss in nine games, leaving them 19th in the Clausura table.[2]

On 21 February 2012, Sensini was appointed as the new head coach of Argentine first division club Colón. He resigned on 16 March 2013 after a 1-0 loss against rivals San Lorenzo, following a row of eight matches without winning.

Honors and awards[edit]

Season Club Tournament
1987/1988 Argentina Newell's Old Boys Primera División Argentina
1993 Italy Parma UEFA Super Cup
1995 Italy Parma UEFA Cup
1999 Italy Parma Coppa Italia
1999 Italy Parma UEFA Cup
2000 Italy Lazio Serie A
2000 Italy Lazio Coppa Italia
2002 Italy Parma Coppa Italia


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