Rubén Israel

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Rubén Israel
Personal information
Full name Rubén Jorge Israel
Date of birth (1955-12-08) 8 December 1955 (age 59)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.68 m (5 ft 6 in)
Teams managed
Years Team
1995 Cerrito
1996 Rentistas
1997 Progreso
1998 Miramar Misiones
1999 Huracán Buceo
1999 Rampla Juniors
2000 Huracán Buceo
2002–2003 Rentistas
2004 Atenas de San Carlos
2007–2008 Libertad
2009 Santa Fe
2009–2010 Unión Española
2011–2012 El Salvador
2012–2013 Libertad
2013–2014 Atlante
2014–current Barcelona Sporting Club

Rubén Israel (born 8 December 1955) is a former Uruguayan footballer and current manager.


In the Paraguayan championships, since the start of the Clausura 2007 tournament, Israel coached Club Libertad in 68 matches. His record was 48 wins, 16 draws, and just 4 defeats. In the 2007 Clausura, Libertad broke a national record for a short tournament with a total of 55 points. In the Apertura 2008, Club Libertad surpassed the record with a total of 57 points.

Also, as coach Rubén Israel, Libertad broke a third national: the annual cumulative, adding up a total of 101 points in 2008 (he added 95 in 2007).[clarification needed]

For the first tri-championship[clarification needed] in its history, Club Libertad scored 53 goals, the top scoring team of Apertura 2008, and only allowed 13 goals, becoming the team with the best defence. Under Israel, Libertad qualified for the 2009 Copa Libertadores and 2009 Copa Sudamericana.

The 6th Annual Premios Fox Sports named Rubén Israel as the best football coach and named Club Libertad of Paraguay the best football team.

Coach in Colombia[edit]

In May 2009 there was speculation that Israel would be the new coach of Atlético Nacional, and negotiations reached an advanced point.[1] However, the emergence of several businessmen in the middle of it was that Israel desist from directing the club.[clarification needed][2] Shortly after, Israel was confirmed as the new coach of Santa Fe.[3] A month later, on June 29, Israel resigned after receiving death threats if he did not include a player in the line-up. Israel and the player in question later wound up on the same team, Unión Española.[4]

Unión Española[edit]

In October 2009 Isrel assumed the leadership of Unión Española, and took them to 14th place in the standings, improving their performance. They qualified for the play-offs, and were eliminated by Deportes La Serena. In the post after a year of technical management of the club leaving the team in 5th position on league area Pre-Libertadores 2011 and reaching the quarterfinals of Copa Chile.[clarification needed]


With Club Libertad, Israel earned Clausura 2007 titles, Absolute Tournament 2007, Apertura 2008, and Clausura 2008, thus achieving tri-championships with the club. Thanks to his performance as coach of Libertad, he was nominated for Best Technical Director at Fox Sports Awards 2008.

El Salvador[edit]

"First of all thanks to the executive committee for welcoming me in this country and given me such a huge and so pretty responsibility, as is leading a national team. We have come here with our coaching staff to honor the work, beyond the mistakes and successes. The healthy intention is to work on Salvadoran football as a whole, working with major selections, but have a chronogram of action for youth teams, who are the future of the country."

—Israel, on his first press conference"[5]

On 6 April 2011 the Federación Salvadoreña de Fútbol made official Israel's appointment as national coach, which was led by José Luis Rugamas, and supervisor of minor national teams in the country combined.[clarification needed][6] Israel coached his first match against Honduras on May 29, which ended in a 2-2 draw, before the beginning of the 2011 CONCACAF Gold Cup.[7]

Israel left Uruguay for personal reasons on 14 April and returned on 25 April.[8]

During a press conference on 28 April Rubén Israel announced the coaching staff that will coach the pre-Olympic U-23 and national team. The individuals that will form the coaching staff are assistant managers Mauricio Alfaro and José Luis Rugamas, physical trainers Esteban Coppia (Argentina) and Nicolás Dos Santos (Uruguay) and the goalkeeping coach Carlos Cañadas.[9]

On July 9, 2012 it was announced Rubem Israel resigned from his duties as coach of the salvadoran national football team.

On September 4, 2013 was appointed manager of Atlante. [10]


  1. ^ Vivian Sedmak (2 May 2009). "Israel could be coach of Atletico Nacional". Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  2. ^ El Espectador, ed. (11 May 2009). "Rubén Israel said 'no' to Atlético Nacional". Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  3. ^ Official Website of Santa Fe (2009-05-28). "Rubén Israel nuevo técnico". Retrieved 2009-05-29. 
  4. ^ Official Website of Santa Fe. "Renuncia el técnico Rubén Israel". Retrieved 29 June 2009. 
  5. ^ "'We have come to honor the work,' Israel" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-13. 
  6. ^ El Diario de Hoy: Rubén nuevo DT de Selecta hasta 2014
  7. ^ Diez: El Salvador tiene nuevo seleccionador
  8. ^ "'I don't want to talk about predictions'" (in Spanish). La Prensa Grafica. Retrieved 2011-04-26. 
  9. ^ "Second Press Conference with DT Israel" (in Spanish). Retrieved 2011-04-28. 
  10. ^