Ariel Holan

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Ariel Holan
Personal information
Full name Ariel Enrique Holan
Date of birth (1960-09-14) 14 September 1960 (age 57)
Place of birth Lomas de Zamora, Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.78 m (5 ft 10 in)
Club information
Current team
Independiente (Head Coach)
Teams managed
Years Team
2003–2004 Arsenal (assistant)
2005 Estudiantes (assistant)
2006 Independiente (assistant)
2008 Banfield (assistant)
2009–2010 Arsenal (assistant)
2011 Argentinos Juniors (assistant)
2011–2012 River Plate (assistant)
2013–2015 Banfield (assistant)
2015–2016 Defensa y Justicia (Head Coach)
2017– Independiente (Head Coach)

Ariel Enrique Holan (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈariel jolan]; born 14th September 1960) is an Argentinean football coach. He is currently the head coach and manager of the Argentinean Club Atlético Independiente. Holan started out as a youth coach of field hockey and in 2003 switched to football. Then he started at Club Defensa y Justicia in 2015, and continued with successful periods at Independiente.

On 29 December 2016, Holan signed a 12-month contract with Independiente of Argentina, renewed for 1 more year until 31st Dec 2018.

Early life[edit]

Ariel Holan was born in Lomas de Zamora, in Buenos Aires Province, Argentina. In his youth, Ariel was very passionate about soccer, playing for amateur sides in his hometown league.

Managerial career[edit]

First hit at field hockey[edit]

He began his sports career as a field hockey coach, with the main clubs of Argentina for ten years. Being the technical director of the Uruguayan women's field hockey team, he won the bronze medal at the 2003 Pan American Games held in Santo Domingo. The recognition he earned as a trainer led to him being invited to teach soccer clinics in Pennsylvania and Atlantic City in the United States.

Spells in soccer as assistant coach[edit]

Holan's professional soccer career began in 2003, as a member of the team of collaborators with Jorge Burruchaga during his stay with Arsenal and later with Independiente de Avellaneda. Between 2006 and 2008 he served as director of the Independiente Youth Soccer School. Later he joined Jorge Burruchaga as a field assistant when he took over as head coach of the Club Atletico Banfield. At the end of his contract, he continued with the same coach in a new position for Club Atletico Arsenal during the 2009–2010 season.

At the beginning of 2011 he coached the youth divisions in the Argentinos Juniors until it was summoned by the River Plate to form part of the Team led by Matías Almeyda after the first relegation of the history of this club to the 2nd Division. After a year of work the club achieved its objective, obtaining the championship of Primera B Nacional and thus ascending to the Argentine First Division. The "Millionaire" finished with a total of 73 points (20 games won, 13 tied and 5 lost), with 66 goals in favor and 28 against. He continued with the same coaching team in the Argentine First Division, with a contract with River Plate when the club decided to terminate the contract of head coach Matías Almeyda.

Spells in soccer as Head Coach[edit]

In June 2015 Defensa y Justicia confirmed in its Twitter account they had hired Holan as Head Coach. On December 29, 2016, he was hired by Club Atlético Independiente of Avellaneda, one of the top three clubs in Argentina, to lead his professional division squad after the resignation of Gabriel Milito. On 13th December 2017 Club Atlético Independiente of Avellaneda won a new international tournament, the Copa Sudamericana 2017, in the epic Maracana Stadium against Flamengo. One week later, Holan decides not step back in the club because the constant threats of "barrabravas" (hooligans) of the club, for not accepting the payment of bribes. However, a few days later he revokes his decision, when the Minister of Security of the Province of Buenos Aires, Lic. Cristian Ritondo, gives guarantees safety for him and family group. With this new situation, Club Independiente offered him a new contract for 4 years (something not usual in Argentina), but Ariel Holan decided just to sign for only one year until 31st December 2018.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 25th Aug 2018
Team Div. Tournament Statistics
G  W  D  L  GF  GA  GD Effectiveness
Defensa y Justicia
 Argentina
1.ª 1st Division 2015 15 6 3 6 13 10 +3 46%
Argentina Cup 2014-15 3 1 1 1 3 3 0 44%
1st Division 2016 16 7 4 5 25 16 +9 52%
Argentina Cup 2015-16 3 2 0 1 4 2 +2 66%
1st Division 2016-17 10 1 5 4 6 11 -5 26%
Total 47 17 13 17 51 42 +9 45%
Independiente
 Argentina
1.ª 1st Division 2016-17 16 8 7 1 28 13 +15 65%
Sudamericana Cup 2017 12 8 2 2 21 9 +12 72%
Argentina Cup 2016-17 2 0 1 1 1 2 -1 16%
Recopa 2018 2 0 2 0 1 1 0 33%
Argentina Cup 2017-18 1 1 0 0 8 0 +8 100%
Libertadores Cup 2018 7 3 2 2 7 5 +2 52%
1st Division 2017-18 27 13 7 7 29 19 +10 57%
2018 Suruga Bank Cup 1 1 0 0 1 0 +1 100%
Total 67 34 20 13 95 48 +47 61%
Career Total 115 51 33 30 147 91 +56 53%

Honours[edit]

Independiente

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