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 48)
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
1986–1988 Almagro de Florida
1988–1989 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: [xerˈmam ˈburɣos]; born 16 April 1969) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a goalkeeper, and the current assistant coach for Atlético Madrid.

Club 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]

In July 1999, Burgos moved abroad, 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]

In 2010, after working with AD Alcorcón as goalkeepers' coach, Burgos started his manager career also in Spain, coaching amateurs RCD Carabanchel. 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.[8]

In April 2014, against Getafe CF, Burgos became the first coach in the world to use Google Glass during a competitive game.[9]

International career[edit]

Burgos played 35 times for the Argentina national team, during seven years.[10] 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.

Personal life[edit]

Burgos is also a musician, having started his career still as an active player. He is the frontman of a rock band called The Garb.[11]

In 2003, Burgos was successfully treated for cancer.[12]


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; 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. ^ "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. 27 November 1999. Retrieved 2 November 2015. 
  5. ^ "Las sanciones más altas de la historia del fútbol español" [The biggest bans in the history of Spanish football]. 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. ^ El 'Mono' Burgos será el segundo entrenador de Simeone ('Mono' Burgos will be Simeone's assistant manager); Marca, 23 December 2011 (in Spanish)
  9. ^ "Atletico Madrid coach German Burgos uses Google Glass during Getafe victory". Metro. 14 April 2014. Retrieved 10 September 2014. 
  10. ^ Argentina – Record International Players Archived 17 January 2010 at WebCite; at RSSSF
  11. ^ El mono Burgos; at Taringa (in Spanish)
  12. ^ Burgos: I killed off the musician!;, 29 June 2011

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