Gabriel Milito

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Gabriel Milito
Gabriel Milito.jpg
Milito playing for Argentina in 2011
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Alejandro Milito[1]
Date of birth (1980-09-07) 7 September 1980 (age 35)
Place of birth Bernal, Argentina
Height 1.76 m (5 ft 9 12 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Independiente (coach)
Youth career
Independiente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Independiente 123 (3)
2003–2007 Zaragoza 137 (5)
2007–2011 Barcelona 48 (1)
2011–2012 Independiente 31 (0)
Total 339 (9)
National team
1997 Argentina U17 4 (0)
1999 Argentina U20 2 (0)
2000–2011 Argentina 42 (1)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Independiente (reserves)
2015 Estudiantes
2016– Independiente

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Gabriel Alejandro Milito (born 7 September 1980) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current manager of Club Atlético Independiente.

He spent most of his professional career in Spain, representing Zaragoza and Barcelona. Over the course of seven seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 187 games and six goals.

Milito appeared with the Argentine national team in three major tournaments, including the 2006 World Cup, gaining 42 caps.

Club career[edit]

Early years[edit]

Born in Bernal, Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Milito started playing professionally with Primera División side Club Atlético Independiente in 1997. During that time, he often faced his older brother Diego, who played for Independiente's arch-rivals Racing Club de Avellaneda.

Zaragoza[edit]

In July 2003, Milito was due to be transferred to Real Madrid,[2] but the Spaniards rejected the player after medical results showed, according to them, a not-fully-recovered knee injury.[3] Jorge Valdano, who acted as director of football, further added that the player had always been appreciated for his technical skills, but his physical state was a cause for great concern;[4][5] he decided to stay in the country, and joined Real Zaragoza.[6]

In his four seasons with the Aragonese, Milito was an automatic first-choice (never played in less than 33 La Liga matches), and rejoined brother Diego in 2005. On 10 July 2007, an agreement was reached with FC Barcelona for 18.5million (£13.9 million) and, the following week, he passed his medical and signed a four-year deal with the club worth €4 million (£2.7 million) a year;[7] he was given the number 3 shirt, which was formerly worn by Thiago Motta.

Barcelona[edit]

Milito (center) waves to fans during Barcelona's 2010–11 victory parade

Milito made his competitive debut for Barcelona on 2 September 2007 in a game against Athletic Bilbao.[8] He scored his first competitive goal for the Catalans on 24 November, in a league match against Recreativo de Huelva.[9]

On 5 May 2008, it was announced that Milito had damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee;[10] this rendered him ineligible for the entire 2008–09 campaign, which ended in a treble.

After being sidelined for almost two years (602 days), Milito finally returned to action when he played in a friendly with Kazma Sporting Club in Kuwait.[11] On 5 January 2010, he made his return to competitive football in the first leg of the Copa del Rey's round-of-16, a 1–2 home loss against Sevilla FC;[12] five days later he reappeared in the domestic league, coming on as a substitute for Carles Puyol for the final seven minutes of the 5–0 win over CD Tenerife.[13]

On 11 November 2010, Milito contributed with one goal to a 5–1 home triumph against AD Ceuta for the domestic cup (7–1 on aggregate), but had to leave the game injured.[14][15] On 30 April 2011, starting in a league match at Real Sociedad, he had a goal wrongfully ruled out for offside with the score at 1–1, as the hosts went on to win it 2–1;[16] as a result of his action he also tore a calf muscle, being sidelined for the rest of the season[17] and contributing with ten appearances for the eventual champions.

Return to Independiente / Retirement[edit]

In early August 2011, 30-year-old Milito was released from the last year of his contract with Barcelona,[18] and signed shortly after with former club Independiente. On 12 June 2012, he announced his retirement due to being mentally and physically exhausted.[19]

Coaching[edit]

Milito coaching Estudiantes in 2015

Milito's first coaching experience was with the reserves team of Independiente. He resigned late into 2014, due to differences with the club's president Hugo Moyano.

On 15 April 2015, Milito replaced Mauricio Pellegrino at the helm of Estudiantes de La Plata, after being convinced by president Juan Sebastián Verón.[20] Despite good results, he resigned at the end of the year.[21]

On 12 May 2016, Milito was re-appointed as Independiente manager, again in the place of Pellegrino. He signed an 18-month contract.[22]

International career[edit]

Milito playing for the Argentine national team in 2011

With Argentina, Milito participated in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup. He was also part of the squad which took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, performing well in his only appearance, the group stage match against the Netherlands which ended in a 0–0 draw.[23]

On 20 August 2010, national team coach Sergio Batista recalled Milito for a friendly with Spain the following month, the player's first international appearance in more than three years.[24] He started in the 4–1 win in Buenos Aires,[25] and he was subsequently selected for the 2011 Copa América,[26] appearing in all the games for the eventual quarter-finalists.

International goals[edit]

International goals
Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2007 José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela  Venezuela 0–1 0–2 2010 World Cup qualification

Personal life[edit]

Milito's older brother, Diego, is also a footballer. A striker, he played with individual and team success for Inter Milan, and they both represented Real Zaragoza and the national team.[27][28]

Statistics[edit]

Club[edit]

[29][30]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Independiente 1997–98 2 0 2 0
1998–99 25 0 2 0 27 0
1999–2000 34 2 8 0 42 2
2000–01 25 1 5 0 30 1
2001–02 3 0 3 0
2002–03 34 0 34 0
Total 123 3 123 3
Zaragoza 2003–04 35 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
2004–05 33 3 0 0 10 0 43 3
2005–06 34 1 0 0 0 0 34 1
2006–07 35 1 4 0 0 0 39 1
Total 137 5 4 0 10 0 151 5
Barcelona 2007–08 27 1 6 0 9 0 42 1
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 11 0 1 0 5 0 17 0
2010–11 10 0 4 1 2 0 16 1
Total 48 1 11 1 16 0 75 2
Independiente 2011–12 19 0 1 0 2 0 22 0
Career totals 308 9 15 1 26 0 349 10

International[edit]

Argentina
Year Apps Goals
2000 1 0
2001 0 0
2002 0 0
2003 4 0
2004 3 0
2005 6 0
2006 5 0
2007 14 1
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 2 0
2011 7 0
Total 42 1

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Independiente
Zaragoza
Barcelona

Individual[edit]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 13 May 2016
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Estudiantes Argentina 15 April 2015 5 December 2015 30 16 8 6 53.33
Independiente Argentina 12 May 2016 Present 0 0 0 0 !
Total 30 16 8 6 53.33

References[edit]

  1. ^ "FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2009 presented by Toyota: List of players" (PDF). FIFA.com. 1 December 2009. p. 1. Retrieved 28 March 2014. 
  2. ^ Milito makes for Madrid; UEFA.com, 8 July 2003
  3. ^ Madrid cancel Milito signing; UEFA.com, 22 July 2003
  4. ^ "Jorge Valdano: I was right not to sign Gabriel Milito for Real Madrid". Goal.com. 26 August 2009. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  5. ^ "Milito, contra Valdano" [Milito, against Valdano] (in Spanish). El País. 12 April 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  6. ^ Milito taken on by Zaragoza; UEFA.com, 24 July 2003
  7. ^ Milito honoured to sign for Barça; UEFA.com, 19 July 2007
  8. ^ Barcelona 3–1 Athletic Bilbao; ESPN Soccernet, 2 September 2007
  9. ^ Barcelona 3–0 Recreativo Huelva; ESPN Soccernet, 24 November 2007
  10. ^ Barcelona's Milito faces lengthy lay-off; UEFA.com, 5 May 2008
  11. ^ "Barcelona's Gabriel Milito returns to action...602 days later". Goal.com. 22 December 2009. Retrieved 22 December 2009. 
  12. ^ "Carbón para Burrull, premio para el Sevilla" [Thumbs down for Burrull, up for Sevilla] (in Spanish). Marca. 6 January 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  13. ^ "El Barça responde con una «manita»" [Barça answers with a «fiver»] (in Spanish). ABC. 10 January 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  14. ^ Hay Barça para rato (We have Barça for a long time); Marca, 11 November 2010 (Spanish)
  15. ^ Barcelona 5–1 Ceuta; ESPN Soccernet, 10 November 2010
  16. ^ Sociedad surprise Barca with defeat; ESPN Soccernet, 30 April 2011
  17. ^ Milito, Montoya out for six weeks; FIFA.com, 1 May 2011
  18. ^ Milito allowed to leave; FC Barcelona, 4 August 2011
  19. ^ Gaby Milito anunció su retiro del fútbol: "Estoy agotado física y mentalmente" (Gaby Milito announced retirement: "I'm worn out physically and mentally"); Play Futbol, 12 June 2012 (Spanish)
  20. ^ La hora de Milito (Milito's time); Olé, 16 April 2015 (Spanish)
  21. ^ Milito pegó el portazo y se va del Pincha (Milito slammed the door and leaves the Pincha); Clarín, 5 December 2015 (Spanish)
  22. ^ Milito entrenará a Independiente (Gaby Milito will coach Independiente); Marca, 12 May 2016 (Spanish)
  23. ^ "Holland 0–0 Argentina". BBC Sport. June 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  24. ^ "Gago e Higuaín entran en la lista contra España" [Gago and Higuaín make list for Spain clash] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 20 August 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  25. ^ "Argentina se ceba con la campeona" [Argentina does what it wants with champions] (in Spanish). El Mundo. 7 September 2010. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  26. ^ "Messi y Agüero lideran la lista para la Copa América" [Messi and Agüero lead list for Copa América] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 26 June 2011. Retrieved 26 June 2016. 
  27. ^ "El hermano de Milito tampoco será del Madrid" [Milito's brother will also not be a Madrid player] (in Spanish). Merca Fútbol. 25 November 2004. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  28. ^ "Diego Milito: "Le agradezco a Pep todo lo que ha hecho por mi hermano"" [Diego Milito: "I thank Pep for everything he has done for my brother"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 18 November 2009. Retrieved 10 January 2014. 
  29. ^ "G. Milito". Soccerway. Retrieved 7 July 2014. 
  30. ^ "Gabriel Milito". Footballdatabase. Retrieved 2 May 2015. 
  31. ^ "South American Team of the Year". RSSSF. 16 January 2009. Retrieved 10 March 2015. 

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