Gerardo Martino

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Gerardo Martino
2017-09-24 - Atlanta United - Tata Martino (cropped).jpg
Martino as Atlanta United manager in 2017
Personal information
Full name Gerardo Daniel Martino
Date of birth (1962-11-20) 20 November 1962 (age 59)[1]
Place of birth Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)
Position(s) Attacking midfielder
Club information
Current team
Mexico (Manager)
Youth career
1972–1980 Newell's Old Boys
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1990 Newell's Old Boys 392 (35)
1991 Tenerife 15 (1)
1991–1994 Newell's Old Boys 81 (2)
1994–1995 Lanús 30 (3)
1995 Newell's Old Boys 15 (0)
1996 O'Higgins 11 (1)
1996 Barcelona SC 5 (0)
Total 551 (42)
National team
1981 Argentina U20 2 (0)
1991 Argentina 1 (0)
Teams managed
1998 Brown de Arrecifes
1999 Platense
2000 Instituto
2002–2003 Libertad
2003–2004 Cerro Porteño
2005 Colón
2005–2006 Libertad
2007–2011 Paraguay
2012–2013 Newell's Old Boys
2013–2014 Barcelona
2014–2016 Argentina
2016–2018 Atlanta United
2019– Mexico
Representing  Paraguay (as manager)
Runner-up Copa América 2011
Representing  Argentina (as manager)
Runner-up Copa América 2015
Runner-up Copa América 2016
Representing  Mexico (as manager)
Winner CONCACAF Gold Cup 2019
Runner-up CONCACAF Nations League 2021
Runner-up CONCACAF Gold Cup 2021
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Gerardo Daniel "Tata" Martino (born 20 November 1962) is an Argentine former professional footballer and current manager of the Mexico national team.[2]

Martino played mostly for Newell's Old Boys in his native Rosario. He holds the record of appearances with the team playing a total of 505 matches in all official competitions. He was also selected in a fan's poll as Newell's best player throughout the club's history.[3]

Martino was chosen to replace Tito Vilanova as manager of FC Barcelona at the start of the 2013–14 season, but announced his resignation on 17 May 2014, though his side finished runner-up in both the Copa del Rey and La Liga that season. In 2015, he led Argentina to the Copa América Final, only to be defeated by hosts Chile on penalties. His team also finished as runners-up in the Copa América Centenario, again losing to the defending champion Chile on penalties.[4] On 5 July 2016, Martino resigned from the Argentine national team.[5]

He was named the head coach of Atlanta United FC, a Major League Soccer expansion team that began play in 2017. Martino led the team to an MLS Cup victory in their second season and was named the MLS Coach of the Year before departing for the Mexico national team.

Coaching career[edit]

Paraguay national team[edit]

Martino was assigned as head coach of the Paraguayan national football team in February 2007, replacing Uruguayan Anibal "Maño" Ruiz. His knowledge and success while coaching Paraguayan clubs were the parameters that positioned him as the best option for the job (other candidates were Nery Pumpido and Miguel Ángel Russo). Previously, Martino had won the Paraguayan league four times from 2002 till 2006.

In 2008, Martino was linked for vacant managerial position of Iran Pro League side Steel Azin but the deal was cancelled due to personal reasons.[6] On 5 July 2010, Martino announced that he would be stepping down as Paraguay coach on their return from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in which he led Paraguay to quarter-finals. Martino confirmed that with his four-year contract expiring, he would not be extending his spell in charge of the national side.[7] However, on 10 July 2010, Martino agreed to stay on as Paraguay coach until after the 2011 Copa America, in which Paraguay were runners-up after losing to Uruguay in the final.[8]

Newell's Old Boys[edit]

After Hernán Darío Gómez's departure from the Colombian national team, Martino received a proposition to coach the team but turned it down, opting instead to coach Newell's Old Boys, one of his former clubs as a player[9][10] and a club which at the time was dangerously close to relegation to the Primera B Nacional, the second tier of Argentine football. However, a series of impressive results under Martino secured top-flight status for Newell's and Martino's reputation as a coach increased quite significantly.

Following his excellent first season at Newell's, Martino won the 2013 Torneo Final, the second and final stage of the Argentine Primera División season and reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Copa Libertadores. As a result, Martino won further plaudits as a coach, having transformed Newell's from a team facing relegation on his arrival to a title-winning side, in addition to the arguably more impressive feat of reaching the 2013 Copa Libertadores semi-final, the pinnacle club competition organized by CONMEBOL. It was this startling turnaround that further increased Martino's stock as a coach, and his achievements at Newell's soon caught the attention of various clubs in Europe, including FC Barcelona.


Martino with Barcelona in 2014

On 7 July 2013, Martino was confirmed as manager of Spanish club Barcelona to replace Tito Vilanova who resigned three days earlier.[11] He signed a two-year deal at Barcelona.[12][13] His first competitive game in charge of Barça was on 18 August 2013 against Levante, a game which Barcelona won 7–0 on the opening weekend of the 2013–14 La Liga season.[14] On 26 October 2013, Martino won 2–1 against rivals Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, winning his first Clásico as a Barcelona manager. Three days later, Barcelona went on to win 0–3 at Celta de Vigo and Martino became the first coach in Barcelona history to not lose a game in their first 16 matches. On 20 November, Martino's unbeaten start as Barcelona coach came to an end after his 21st game in charge, as Barcelona lost 2–1 away at Ajax in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League. After conceding the 2013–14 La Liga title on the last day of the season to Atlético Madrid, Martino announced he was to leave his role after just one year in charge during which he did not manage to win any major trophy except the Spanish Super Cup.[15]

Argentina national team[edit]

On 12 August 2014, Martino was introduced as the new manager for the Argentine national team, succeeding Alejandro Sabella who took the side into the final against Germany at the World Cup in Brazil.[16][17] In the 2015 Copa América, he reached the final, in which Argentina were runners-up after losing to hosts Chile on penalties. They also finished as runners-up in the Copa América Centenario Final on 26 June 2016 against Chile, again losing on penalties.[4] On 5 July 2016, Martino resigned.[4]

Atlanta United[edit]

After departing from Argentina, Martino was announced as Major League Soccer expansion team Atlanta United's inaugural season head coach on 27 September 2016.[18] On 23 October 2018, Martino announced that he would not renew his contract with Atlanta United following the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season, citing personal reasons.[19] He was expected to sign with the Mexico national team.[20] Atlanta defeated the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup, winning their first league title in Martino's last match with the club.[21]

Mexico national team[edit]

On 7 January 2019, Martino was announced as head coach of the Mexico national team in his return to international management since leaving Argentina in May 2016.[22][23] On 22 March, Martino won his first match with Mexico with a 3–1 win over Chile in a friendly.[24] Later in the same year, Martino and Mexico won the CONCACAF Gold Cup over rivals the United States in a 1–0 victory, his first national title.[25] But in 2021 Martino lost both 2021 CONCACAF Nations League Final and CONCACAF Gold Cup to the United States.

Managerial style[edit]

Gerardo Martino prefers to play a very high pressing and an attacking style of football. At Barcelona, Martino continued the club's preferred style of play tiki-taka along with his own tactics. All of Martino's teams have the same distinguishable traits: they play attack-minded football, they are creative and the style is based on quick passing. In addition, Martino's teams also pressure high up the pitch, play out from the back and depend on their youth systems.[26]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 24 September 2022[27][28][29][30][citation needed]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Brown de Arrecifes Argentina 1 January 1998 31 December 1998 32 13 6 13 040.63
Platense 1 January 1999 31 December 1999 19 4 5 10 021.05
Instituto 1 January 2000 31 December 2000 42 24 11 7 057.14
Libertad Paraguay 1 January 2002 30 June 2003 81 42 20 19 051.85
Cerro Porteño 1 July 2003 31 December 2004 46 29 10 7 063.04
Colón Argentina 1 January 2005 30 June 2005 21 7 8 6 033.33
Libertad Paraguay 1 July 2005 30 June 2006 75 39 19 17 052.00
Paraguay 1 July 2007 29 July 2011 71 24 24 23 033.80
Newell's Old Boys Argentina 1 January 2012 22 July 2013 71 36 18 17 050.70
Barcelona Spain 23 July 2013 17 May 2014 59 40 11 8 067.80
Argentina Argentina 13 August 2014 5 July 2016 29 19 7 3 065.52
Atlanta United FC United States 27 September 2016 18 December 2018 74 40 17 17 054.05
Mexico Mexico 7 January 2019 present 59 38 12 9 064.41
Total 679 355 168 156 052.28

Personal life[edit]

Gerardo Martino is of Italian descent. His grandparents are from Ripacandida, Basilicata.[31] Martino is married to fellow Argentine María Angélica.



Newell's Old Boys



Cerro Porteño

Newell's Old Boys




Atlanta United




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