Germán Burgos

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Germán Burgos
Germán Burgos - 01.jpg
Burgos with Atlético Madrid in 2013
Personal information
Full name Germán Adrián Ramón Burgos
Date of birth (1969-04-16) 16 April 1969 (age 50)
Place of birth Mar del Plata, Argentina
Height 1.88 m (6 ft 2 in)
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Atlético Madrid (assistant)
Youth career
–1984 Almagro de Florida
1985–1989 Ferro Carril Oeste
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1989–1994 Ferro Carril Oeste 104 (0)
1994–1999 River Plate 94 (0)
1999–2001 Mallorca 12 (0)
2001–2004 Atlético Madrid 63 (0)
Total 273 (0)
National team
1995–2002 Argentina 35 (0)
Teams managed
2010 Carabanchel
2011 Catania (assistant)
2011 Racing Club (assistant)
2011– Atlético Madrid (assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Germán Adrián Ramón Burgos (Spanish pronunciation: [xeɾˈmam ˈbuɾɣos]; born 16 April 1969), also known as El Mono Burgos ([el ˈmono ˈbuɾɣos]), is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and is the assistant coach of Spanish club Atlético Madrid.

Playing career[edit]


Born in Mar del Plata, Buenos Aires Province, Burgos started playing professionally with Ferro Carril Oeste. In 1994, he moved to Argentine Primera División giants Club Atlético River Plate where he was dubbed Mono (monkey) because of his height and disheveled appearance,[1] going on to win several titles during his spell, notably the 1994 Apertura where his team did not lose one single game.[2]

Burgos moved abroad in July 1999, joining Spain's RCD Mallorca.[3] During his two-year spell in the Balearic Islands, he played understudy to compatriot Leo Franco; on 27 November 1999, he was suspended for 11 games for assaulting RCD Espanyol player Manolo Serrano in a match played the following week, in an action that eluded the referee but was caught on camera.[4][5]

Burgos signed for Atlético Madrid in the 2001–02 season, with the capital club in Segunda División.[6] He had his best year in the country in an eventual return to La Liga after a two-year absence, but appeared less in the following two campaigns, retiring at the end of 2003–04 aged 35. He was remembered for his performance in a Madrid derby against Real Madrid in the Colchoneros' first season back in the top flight, in which he saved Luís Figo's penalty kick with his nose, causing a bloody injury; he played on, and his team found an equaliser for a 2–2 draw.[7]


Burgos played 35 times for the Argentina national team, over seven years.[8] He was second-choice at both the 1998 and 2002 FIFA World Cups, backing up Carlos Roa in the former tournament and Pablo Cavallero four years later.[9]

Coaching career[edit]

In 2010, after working with AD Alcorcón as goalkeepers' coach, Burgos started his managerial career also in Spain, coaching amateurs RCD Carabanchel.[10] In the following years, he worked as assistant to former club and country teammate Diego Simeone at Catania Calcio, Racing Club de Avellaneda and Atlético Madrid.[11]

In April 2014, against Getafe CF, Burgos became the first coach in the world to use Google Glass during a competitive game.[12] After Simeone was sent to the stands by the referee in the first leg of the 2017–18 UEFA Europa League semi-finals against Arsenal, the former was suspended for the second leg and final after Atlético advanced,[13] and he took charge of the team as they defeated Olympique de Marseille.[14]

With Simeone still suspended, Burgos took over again when Atlético faced Real Madrid in the 2018 UEFA Super Cup, won 4–2 in Estonia.[15]

Personal life[edit]

Burgos was also a musician, having started his career while still an active player. He acted as frontman of rock band The Garb.[16][17]

In 2003, Burgos was successfully treated for cancer.[18]


River Plate

Atlético Madrid


  1. ^ El 'Mono' Burgos bautizó a Saviola como el 'Conejo' ('Mono' Burgos dubbed Saviola 'Conejo'); Mundo Deportivo, 22 July 2001 (in Spanish)
  2. ^ Germán Burgos Archived 11 January 2012 at the Wayback Machine; at Universo River (in Spanish)
  3. ^ Djokaj podría ir al Mallorca por 200 'kilos' (Djokaj could join Mallorca for 200 'kilos'); Mundo Deportivo, 4 July 1999 (in Spanish)
  4. ^ Paradinas, Juan José; Candia, Patricio (27 November 1999). "Germán Burgos, castigado con 11 partidos por su agresión a Serrano" [Germán Burgos, punished with 11 games for his assault on Serrano] (in Spanish). El País. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  5. ^ "Las sanciones más altas de la historia del fútbol español" [The biggest bans in the history of Spanish football] (in Spanish). Marca. 24 April 2009. Retrieved 2 November 2015.
  6. ^ El 'Mono' Burgos viene para subir ('Mono' Burgos arrives to promote); Mundo Deportivo, 14 July 2001 (in Spanish)
  7. ^ Malagón, Manuel (11 April 2012). "El Mono Burgos se dejó la nariz en un derbi" ['Mono' Burgos split his nose in a derby] (in Spanish). Marca. Retrieved 13 November 2015.
  8. ^ Argentina – Record International Players Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite; at RSSSF
  9. ^ "El meta Pablo Cavallero desplaza a Burgos y Bonano en Argentina" [Goalie Pablo Cavallero surpasses Burgos and Bonano in Argentina] (in Spanish). El Mercurio. 28 May 2002. Retrieved 28 September 2018.
  10. ^ "'El Mono' Burgos dimite como técnico del Carabanchel" ['El Mono' Burgos resigns as coach of Carabanchel] (in Spanish). Marca. 25 October 2010. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  11. ^ El 'Mono' Burgos será el segundo entrenador de Simeone ('Mono' Burgos will be Simeone's assistant manager); Marca, 23 December 2011 (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Duncan, Hannah (14 April 2014). "Atletico Madrid coach German Burgos uses Google Glass during Getafe victory". Metro. Retrieved 10 September 2014.
  13. ^ "Diego Simeone handed Europa League final touchline ban". ESPN. 4 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  14. ^ ""Atletico are one of Europe's best": Trio react to Europa League victory". La Liga News. 17 May 2018. Retrieved 18 May 2018.
  15. ^ "Diego Costa double helps Atlético beat Real Madrid 4–2 in UEFA Super Cup". The Guardian. 15 August 2018. Retrieved 26 August 2018.
  16. ^ El mono Burgos (Monkey Burgos); at Taringa (in Spanish)
  17. ^ Corrigan, Dermot (26 April 2018). "Atletico Madrid assistant Mono Burgos rocks the touchline against Arsenal". ESPN. Retrieved 26 April 2018.
  18. ^ Burgos: I killed off the musician!; FIFA, 29 June 2011

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