Eduardo Berizzo

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Eduardo Berizzo
Eduardo Berizzo 2017.jpg
Berizzo managing Sevilla in 2017
Personal information
Full name Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo[1][2]
Date of birth (1969-11-13) 13 November 1969 (age 51)[1]
Place of birth Cruz Alta, Argentina[1]
Height 1.84 m (6 ft 12 in)[1]
Position(s) Centre back
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1993 Newell's Old Boys 126 (10)
1993–1996 Atlas 94 (10)
1996–1999 River Plate 94 (3)
1999–2000 Marseille 13 (0)
2000River Plate (loan) 30 (2)
2001–2005 Celta 101 (4)
2005–2006 Cádiz 14 (0)
Total 472 (29)
National team
1996–2000 Argentina 13 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2010 Chile (assistant)
2011 Estudiantes LP
2011–2014 O'Higgins
2014–2017 Celta
2017 Sevilla
2018 Athletic Bilbao
2019–2021 Paraguay
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo (American Spanish: [eˈðwaɾðo βeˈɾiso];[a] born 13 November 1969) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender, currently a manager.

During his 18-year professional career he played for six teams in four countries, mainly Newell's Old Boys, River Plate and Celta. The bearer of an Italian passport, he did not occupy a non-European Union spot while competing in Europe.

Berizzo represented Argentina in two Copa América tournaments. He started working as a manager in 2007, first as an assistant with the Chile national team. In 2019, he was appointed at Paraguay.

Playing career[edit]


Born in Cruz Alta, Marcos Juárez, Córdoba, Berizzo started his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1988. He helped to two Primera División titles[3] before his departure to Mexico for Club Atlas, five years later.

In 1996, Berizzo returned to his country, joining national powerhouse Club Atlético River Plate. His solid performances eventually attracted the attention of French side Olympique de Marseille, but he did not settle in the club or the country, being loaned to his former team in January 2000.

Berizzo moved to Spain with RC Celta de Vigo, in another winter transfer move.[4] With the Galicians he was an important defensive unit, contributing 17 La Liga matches in his first year as they finished in sixth position. In his second full season he registered career-bests (at Celta) 27 games with two goals, helping the side reach the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever.

In the 2003–04 campaign, Berizzo was sent off four times, twice in the last two rounds, as Celta eventually dropped down a level. He also appeared in five matches in a round-of-16 run in European competition, eventually losing his importance and being released in June 2005 at nearly 36.[5]

Berizzo stayed in Spain and signed a one-year contract with Cádiz CF, appearing scarcely and suffering another top flight relegation. He retired at the end of the season.


Berizzo made his debut for Argentina in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage against Venezuela, on 9 October 1996. He was picked up for the squads for the 1997 Copa América – only playing in the quarter-final loss to Peru, being sent off after two yellow cards[6]– and the 1999 Copa América, where he was not used.

Berizzo played his last international on 15 November 2000, in the 2002 World Cup qualifier against Chile, appearing seven minutes in a 2–0 away win. He broke his ankle in February 2002, completely ruling him out of the final stages in South Korea and Japan.[7]

Coaching career[edit]

Berizzo as O'Higgins manager in October 2012

When Marcelo Bielsa took over as Chile manager in July 2007, Berizzo became assistant manager. On 10 October 2009, in a World Cup qualifier against Colombia (4–2 away victory), he was ejected alongside Fabián Orellana and eventually received a four-match ban, not being present on the bench for the entirety of the final stages in South Africa.[8]

In 2012, Berizzo was appointed head coach at O'Higgins FC, and achieved runner-up honours in his debut season, losing the final against Club Universidad de Chile in a penalty shootout.[9] On 10 December 2013 he led the team to the 2013 Apertura, this being the first title in the club's 58-year history.[10]

On 19 May 2014, shortly after winning the Supercopa de Chile against Deportes Iquique, again on penalties, Berizzo returned to Celta but as a manager, replacing FC Barcelona-bound Luis Enrique.[11] In his third year, he coached them to the last-four stage in both the Copa del Rey and the UEFA Europa League.[12]

On 27 May 2017, Berizzo was confirmed as the new manager of Sevilla FC, replacing countryman Jorge Sampaoli who accepted the Argentina job.[13] On 22 November, the club announced he had been diagnosed with prostate cancer;[14] a month later, he was fired due to the team's poor run.[15] Much of his short time at the club was recorded in the Amazon Prime television documentary series Six Dreams, in which he was one of its stars.[16]

Berizzo returned to active on 31 May 2018, being appointed at Athletic Bilbao.[17] After winning only two of his 15 competitive matches in charge and with the team in the relegation zone, on 4 December of the same year he was dismissed.[18]

On 18 February 2019, Berizzo was named Paraguay's new coach after Juan Carlos Osorio's resignation.[19] At the year's Copa América in Brazil, he led the team to the quarter-finals where they were eliminated on penalties after a goalless draw with the hosts.[20] Two years later, the team fell at the same stage on the same method against Peru.[21]

Berizzo was relieved of his duties on 15 October 2021, following a 4–0 loss in Bolivia in the World Cup qualifiers.[22]

Remarks on homosexuality[edit]

Shortly after leaving Marseille, Berizzo spoke out against alleged homosexuality in France:

"A bunch of faggots is what you have in French football. There are so many homosexual players there, they always provoke you, they touch your thighs, your bum, to see if you will give some kind of signal. I feel disgusted when a homosexual shares the same shower and stares at one's bum with desire, and even gets emotional when you are naked."

— Berizzo quoted in a Daily Telegraph article.[23]

The day after that quote was published by Mexican newspaper La Crónica de Hoy, he denied having said that:

"It is an outrage. This is serious. That note never existed. I have no problem with having a gay colleague. People can do whatever they want to do with their private life."

— Berizzo quoted by Clarín.[24]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 14 October 2021[25]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Estudiantes Argentina 4 February 2011 30 May 2011 23 8 7 8 23 28 −5 034.78
O'Higgins Chile 3 November 2011 2 June 2014 122 63 29 30 191 125 +66 051.64
Celta Spain 2 June 2014 27 May 2017 148 61 36 51 205 207 −2 041.22 [26]
Sevilla Spain 27 May 2017 22 December 2017 27 14 6 7 43 37 +6 051.85 [27]
Athletic Bilbao Spain 31 May 2018 4 December 2018 15 2 8 5 18 23 −5 013.33 [28]
Paraguay Paraguay 18 February 2019 15 October 2021 31 7 13 11 31 39 −8 022.58
Total 362 154 96 112 511 459 +52 042.54




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  1. ^ In isolation, Berizzo is pronounced [beˈɾiso].


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  2. ^ "Manuel Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo". Athletic Bilbao. Retrieved 13 December 2019.
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  4. ^ "Llorens, cedido a Osasuna" [Llorens, loaned to Osasuna]. El País (in Spanish). 28 December 2000. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  5. ^ "Eduardo Berizzo" (in Spanish). Yo Jugué en el Celta. 23 April 2008. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  6. ^ Tabeira, Martín. "Copa América 1997". RSSSF. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  7. ^ "La Selección embrujada: se lesionaron Crespo y Ayala" [Bewitched national team: Crespo and Ayala injured]. Clarín (in Spanish). 22 March 2002. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  8. ^ "Berizzo, suspendido para la primera fase del Mundial" [Berizzo, suspended for the World Cup's group stage] (in Spanish). TyC Sports. 29 December 2009. Archived from the original on 21 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  9. ^ "U. de Chile venció en infartante definición a O'Higgins y logró su primer tricampeonato" [U. de Chile defeated O'Higgins in heart-stopping finale and won three championships in a row for the first time] (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 3 July 2012. Retrieved 15 March 2014.
  10. ^ Castañeda, Jaime (11 December 2013). "El cielo se tiñó de celeste: ¡O'Higgins campeón!" [The sky was coloured sky blue: O’Higgins champions!]. El Tipógrafo (in Spanish). Retrieved 4 January 2020.
  11. ^ "Eduardo Berizzo, nuevo entrenador del RC Celta" [Eduardo Berizzo, new RC Celta manager] (in Spanish). Celta Vigo. 19 May 2014. Archived from the original on 19 May 2014. Retrieved 21 May 2014.
  12. ^ Rodríguez, Roberto (8 February 2017). "Berizzo, el técnico milagro quiere otra final" [Berizzo, the miracle coach wants another final]. La Vanguardia (in Spanish). Retrieved 15 May 2017.
  13. ^ Garrido, Clemente; López Guerra, José María (27 May 2017). "Eduardo Berizzo will be next coach of Sevilla". Diario AS. Retrieved 30 May 2017.
  14. ^ Grez, Matias (22 November 2017). "Sevilla coach Eduardo Berizzo diagnosed with prostate cancer". CNN. Retrieved 22 November 2017.
  15. ^ "Sevilla FC dismiss Eduardo Berizzo" (Press release). Sevilla FC. 22 December 2017. Archived from the original on 2 March 2018. Retrieved 28 December 2017.
  16. ^ García Domínguez, Rafael (8 March 2018). "Six Dreams: Amazon launch series following LaLiga stars lives". Diario AS. Retrieved 27 December 2019.
  17. ^ "Eduardo Berizzo, Athletic Club's new coach". Athletic Bilbao. 31 May 2018. Retrieved 31 May 2018.
  18. ^ "Replacement of Eduardo Berizzo". Athletic Bilbao. 4 December 2018. Retrieved 4 December 2018.
  19. ^ "Eduardo Berizzo named new Paraguay coach". Evening Express. 18 February 2019. Retrieved 20 February 2019.
  20. ^ "Brazil's Tite blasts 'absurd' state of Copa surface". France 24. 28 June 2019. Retrieved 31 July 2019.
  21. ^ "Eduardo Berizzo, "orgulloso" de Paraguay" [Eduardo Berizzo, "proud" of Paraguay] (in Spanish). D10. 2 July 2021. Retrieved 4 July 2021.
  22. ^ "Paraguay sack Berizzo after World Cup qualifier drubbing". Times of Malta. 15 October 2021. Retrieved 15 October 2021.
  23. ^ Jeffries, Tony (29 December 2000). "Quotes of the year". The Daily Telegraph. London. Retrieved 13 August 2009.
  24. ^ "Berizzo vivió un hecho insólito" [Berizzo experienced unheard of episode]. Clarín (in Spanish). 23 March 2000. Retrieved 16 May 2017.
  25. ^ Eduardo Berizzo coach profile at Soccerway
  26. ^ "Berizzo: Manuel Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo: Matches 2014–15". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
    "Berizzo: Manuel Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo: Matches 2015–16". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 December 2016.}
    "Berizzo: Manuel Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo: Matches 2016–17". BDFutbol. Retrieved 19 December 2016.
  27. ^ "Berizzo: Manuel Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo: Matches 2017–18". BDFutbol. Retrieved 31 May 2017.
  28. ^ "Berizzo: Manuel Eduardo Berizzo Magnolo: Matches 2018–19". BDFutbol. Retrieved 3 June 2018.
  29. ^ "O'Higgins ganó la Supercopa al vencer a Deportes Iquique" [O'Higgins won the Supercup after beating Deportes Iquique] (in Spanish). Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional. 3 May 2014. Retrieved 15 February 2015.

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