Jorge Sampaoli

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Jorge Sampaoli
Sampaoli as manager of Argentina in June 2017
Personal information
Full name Jorge Luis Sampaoli Moya
Date of birth (1960-03-13) 13 March 1960 (age 57)
Place of birth Casilda, Santa Fe, Argentina
Height 1.72 m (5 ft 7 12 in)
Playing position Defensive midfielder
Club information
Current team
Argentina (manager)
Youth career
Years Team
1977–1979 Newell's Old Boys
Teams managed
Years Team
2002 Juan Aurich
2003 Sport Boys
2004–2006 Coronel Bolognesi
2007 Sporting Cristal
2008–2009 O'Higgins
2010 Emelec
2010–2012 Universidad de Chile
2012–2016 Chile
2016–2017 Sevilla
2017– Argentina

Jorge Luis Sampaoli Moya (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe sampaˈoli]; born 13 March 1960) is an Argentine football manager. He is the current manager of Argentina national team. Sampaoli started out as a youth player and eventually switched to management due to a severe injury. Sampaoli started with an impressive managerial period at Coronel Bolognesi in 2004, and continued with brief but successful periods at O'Higgins and Emelec.

Sampaoli earned plaudits as a head coach with Universidad de Chile, winning three league titles and the Copa Sudamericana championship. This success led him to coach the Chilean men's national team in 2012, replacing Claudio Borghi. He led the Chilean national football team to their first Copa América title, after defeating Argentina in the final in the 2015 edition in Chile. He is well known for his attacking tactics, similar to those of Marcelo Bielsa according to the press and fans alike.[1]

On 28 June 2016, Sampaoli signed a two-year contract with Sevilla.

After leading Sevilla to fourth spot in La Liga and gifting them the Champions League football next season. Sampaoli on 1st June 2017, left Sevilla to coach the Argentina national side after spending only one year in Spain.

Early life[edit]

He was born in Casilda, a small town located in Caseros Department of the Santa Fe Province. In his youth, Sampaoli was very passionate about football, playing for amateur sides in his hometown league, and then joining the Newell's Old Boys youth ranks, where he suffered a tibia and fibula injury in 1979, forcing his retirement at the age of 19.[citation needed]

Managerial career[edit]

First hit at Peru[edit]

In January 2002, Sampaoli was contacted by the Peruvian club Juan Aurich, after four seasons at Primera B Metropolitana with Argentino. He finally signed up with the club of Chiclayo in Primera División, being that the first professional club in his career.[2] On February 24, he directed his first professional game against Universitario (country's powerhouse club), where he lost 2–1 after being winning the whole game due to a Penalty kick well scored by Carlos Flores (66th' minute), when the striker and his compatriot Martín Vilallonga due to another penalty tied the game (88th' minute). Finally, the mythical and experienced midfielder José del Solar set up his side at 92nd' minute. However, Sampaoli had a poor spell in Juan Aurich, directing only eight games, where five were lost and two were tied with Coopsol Trujillo and Alianza Lima, only winning against Cienciano 2–0 with goals of César Sánchez and Carlos Flores. Sampaoli left the club in May, when Aurich was sitting at the bottom of the table.[3] Months later, in June, he was hired by Sport Boys to direct the team in the Torneo Descentralizado, debuting with a 2–0 victory over Coronel Bolognesi, finishing sixth in the tournament, with important triumphs over Alianza (1–0 with a goal of Alfredo Carmona) and Universitario (2–0 with scores of Paolo de la Haza and Carmona again at Estadio Monumental). Then, in 2004, he was hired by Tacna side Coronel Bolognesi. There, he had an irregular start, but soon managed to settle as a strong team in the Peruvian 2005's Descentralizado, finishing 5th in the Apertura, and then managed to finish 3rd in that same year's Clausura, taking the club to their first international competition when Bolo qualified to a preliminar stage of the 2006's Copa Sudamericana, being eliminated by Chilean side and eventual finalists Colo-Colo. He then returned to the Peruvian side to compete in the 2006's Clausura as well as in the Sudamericana, finishing 3rd in the national league. In 2007, he was hired as the head coach of Sporting Cristal. However, it turned out to be a disappointing year after 17 matches and only 4 wins. At the end of the year Sampaoli got dismissed from the "Celestes", thus ending his Peruvian journey.

Spells in Chile and Ecuador[edit]

Towards the end of 2007 Sampaoli arrived to Chile to take charge of O'Higgins. In 2008, the team proved to be a tough nut to crack for bigger Chilean teams, finishing 3rd in that year's Apertura. They were eliminated by powerhouse Universidad de Chile in the playoff quarterfinals. The next year turned out to be a tough year for Sampaoli, as "La Celeste" had an irregular campaign, where they finished in 8th place, and, despite qualifying to the 2009's Apertura Playoffs, ended up being thrashed 6-1 in the second leg of the quarterfinals by Santiago side Unión Española. Sampaoli was fired in August 2009.

In 2010, Emelec got in contact with Sampaoli and asked him for his managerial duties, thus competing in the 2010 Copa Libertadores, being eliminated in the group stage, but had an impressive run in the local competition, finishing 1st in the 2010's tournament first stage, which earned them a spot in the next 2010 Copa Sudamericana and 2011 Copa Libertadores preliminary stage. That year, Emelec faced Liga de Quito, who had reached 1st place in that year's second half, but ended up losing it.


On 3 December 2012 Chile's Asociación Nacional de Fútbol Profesional announced that Sampaoli would take over as manager of the national team after a successful run with Universidad de Chile where he helped the club win three league titles and the 2011 Copa Sudamericana.[4][5]

Sampaoli's arrival has brought about a turnaround in performances and results, with Chile winning three of their first four World Cup qualifiers after his appointment. Under Sampaoli, Chile returned to the energetic, high-pressing game of Marcelo Bielsa,[6] the Argentinian coach upon whose philosophy Sampaoli's is predicated.

In 2015, Jorge Sampaoli led Chile to victory in the Copa America on home soil.

On 30 November, he was named on the final three-man shortlist for the 2015 FIFA World Coach of the Year award, joined by Spaniards Pep Guardiola (Bayern Munich) and Luis Enrique (Barcelona).

On 19 January 2016, he resigned as manager of Chile. [7]


On 27 June 2016, La Liga club Sevilla announced that Sampaoli would take over Sevilla on a two-year deal. [8] On 15 January 2017, Sampaoli's Sevilla beat the eventual champions Zinedine Zidane's Real Madrid by a score of 2-1,[9] thereby ending Los Blancos' record 40-match unbeaten streak in all competitions.


On 20 May 2017, the Argentine Football Association announced that Sampaoli would take over as Argentina national team coach but is still due to negotiate as his release clause is supposed to be around 1.5 million. On 1 June he was presented as the new coach of Argentina. Jorge Sampaoli's first game in charge was a friendly match against Brazil on 9 June in Australia, Argentina won 1–0.[10]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 13 June 2017
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Universidad de Chile 1 January 2011 3 December 2012 118 72 28 18 249 123 +126 61.02
Chile 3 December 2012 19 January 2016 43 27 9 7 88 42 +46 62.79
Sevilla[11] 27 June 2016 26 May 2017 53 27 12 14 97 71 +26 50.94
Argentina 1 June 2017 Present 2 2 0 0 7 0 +7 100.000
Career total 216 128 49 39 441 236 +205 59.26



Universidad de Chile





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  2. ^ "Fichajes 2002". Archived from the original on February 10, 2002. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  3. ^ "El Ciclón de Sampaoli". De Chalaca. Retrieved 24 December 2012. 
  4. ^ "Jorge Sampaoli confirmed as manager of Chile’s national team". Santiago Times. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  5. ^ "Sampaoli appointed Chile coach". FIFA. 3 December 2012. Retrieved 4 December 2012. 
  6. ^ "Jorge Sampaoli, 3-4-3 and the Transformation of Chile". 
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  9. ^ "Sevilla 2-1 Real Madrid". BBC Sport. 2017-01-16. Retrieved 2017-01-17. 
  10. ^ "Sampaoli será presentado con Argentina el 22 de mayo.". Diario AS. 4 April 2017. Retrieved 20 May 2017. 
  11. ^ "Sevilla results". Sky Sports. Retrieved 29 August 2016. 
  12. ^ "Copa América 2015 - Team of the tournament". Retrieved 1 January 2016. 
  13. ^ "Jorge Sampaoli named LaLiga Santander Manager of the Month for October". 14 November 2016. Retrieved 14 November 2016.