Lionel Scaloni

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Lionel Scaloni
Lionel Scaloni.JPG
Scaloni training with Atalanta in 2014
Personal information
Full name Lionel Sebastián Scaloni[1]
Date of birth (1978-05-16) 16 May 1978 (age 44)[1]
Place of birth Pujato, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)[1]
Position(s) Wing-back
Club information
Current team
Argentina (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Newell's Old Boys 12 (0)
1996–1997 Estudiantes 37 (7)
1998–2006 Deportivo La Coruña 200 (14)
2006West Ham United (loan) 13 (0)
2006–2007 Racing Santander 30 (1)
2007–2013 Lazio 52 (1)
2008–2009Mallorca (loan) 28 (0)
2013–2015 Atalanta 15 (0)
Total 387 (23)
National team
1997 Argentina U20 7 (2)
2003–2006 Argentina 7 (0)
Teams managed
2016–2017 Sevilla (assistant)
2017–2018 Argentina (assistant)
2018 Argentina (caretaker)
2018– Argentina
Men's football
Representing  Argentina (as manager)
Copa América
Winner 2021 Brazil
Third place 2019 Brazil
Winner 2022 England
*Club domestic league appearances and goals

Lionel Sebastián Scaloni (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel eskaˈloni]; born 16 May 1978) is an Argentine professional football manager and former player who is the coach of the Argentina national team. A player of wide range, he operated as a right back or right midfielder.

He spent most of his professional career with Deportivo in Spain, amassing totals of 258 games and 15 goals over 12 seasons in La Liga with three teams. He also played several years in Italy, with Lazio and Atalanta.

Scaloni won seven caps for Argentina between 2003 and 2006, and was part of their 2006 World Cup squad. He later became a manager, notably leading the national team to the 2021 Copa América title.

Playing career[edit]


Early years and Deportivo[edit]

Scaloni (left) with Estudiantes in 1996

Born in the small town of Pujato in Santa Fe Province,[2] Scaloni began his career in the Argentine Primera División with local club Newell's Old Boys and then Estudiantes de La Plata, before joining Spain's Deportivo de La Coruña in December 1997 for 405 million pesetas.[3]

Regularly used with the Galicians over an eight-and-a-half-year stint, he competed with Manuel Pablo and Víctor for both starting spots on the right flank.[4][5] However, due to injury, he only appeared in 14 La Liga matches as Depor managed its first league title.[6]

After falling out with manager Joaquín Caparrós, Scaloni joined Premier League side West Ham United on loan on 31 January 2006, the final day of the transfer window, in an attempt to increase his chance of selection for the upcoming World Cup.[7] He took the number 2 shirt from the departed Tomáš Řepka, and made his league debut for the East Londoners against Sunderland, on 4 February;[8] he also helped the team reach the FA Cup final, a penalty shootout loss to Liverpool.[9][10]

Racing Santander[edit]

Scaloni as a Deportivo player

Scaloni left West Ham after a permanent move could not be agreed. Deportivo released him on 1 September 2006 alongside Diego Tristán,[11] one day after the close of the summer transfer window.

However, due to the fact there were no limitations for free agents, two weeks later Scaloni signed a one-year contract at Racing de Santander,[12] The Cantabrians subsequently finished in mid table. He appeared – and started – in both games against his former club, both ending in 0–0 draws.[13][14]


On 30 June 2007, Scaloni moved to S.S. Lazio in Italy's Serie A on a five-year deal.[15] In January of the following year he returned to Spain, on loan to RCD Mallorca for 18 months;[16][17][18] he subsequently returned to Rome, where he was rarely used in the following three seasons.

Aged nearly 35, Scaloni joined Atalanta B.C. in January 2013.[19] He was released at the end of the campaign, but re-signed after he failed to find a new club.[20]


Scaloni and his sister in the 1997 FIFA World Youth Championship

After making his debut for Argentina on 30 April 2003 in a friendly with Libya, Scaloni was a surprise selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, taking the place of veteran Javier Zanetti who also played as a right-wingback.[21] His only appearance of the tournament was the 2–1 extra time round of 16 win against Mexico on 24 June 2006 at the Zentralstadion, which he started and finished.[22]

Coaching career[edit]

On 11 October 2016, Scaloni joined compatriot Jorge Sampaoli's coaching staff at Sevilla FC.[23] In June 2017, when the latter was appointed as the new national team boss, he was again named his assistant.[24]

One year later, after the country's failure at the World Cup in Russia, Scaloni and Pablo Aimar were named caretaker managers until the end of the year.[25] In November 2018, the former was confirmed in the post until the following June when the 2019 Copa América was due to take place,[26] and led the side to third place in Brazil.[27]

Scaloni led Argentina to the 2021 Copa América title after defeating Brazil who were once again the hosts (1–0), helping win their first trophy in 28 years.[28] In November that year, he was nominated for The Best FIFA Football Coach Award,[29] but did not make the final three shortlist.[30]

On 1 June, Scaloni's Argentina won the 2022 Finalissima after defeating Italy 3–0 at Wembley Stadium.[31]

Personal life[edit]

Scaloni's older brother, Mauro, also belonged to Deportivo, but never made it beyond its reserve team.[32][3]

In April 2019, he was run over while cycling in Calvià. Some media initially reported him to be in serious condition, but he was discharged a few hours later.[33]

Career statistics[edit]


Appearances and goals by national team and year[34]
National team Year Apps Goals
Argentina 2003 1 0
2004 1 0
2005 3 0
2006 2 0
Total 7 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 5 June 2022
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Argentina Argentina 3 August 2018 present 47 31 12 4 90 26 +64 065.96 [35]
Career total 47 31 12 4 90 26 +64 065.96




West Ham




See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c "2006 FIFA World Cup Germany List of Players" (PDF). FIFA. p. 2. Archived from the original (PDF) on 10 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  2. ^ Reinke, Mariana (27 July 2021). "Pujato, el pueblo rural del DT Lionel Scaloni con el récord de un camión cada diez personas" [Pujato, HC Lionel Scaloni's small town with the record of a truck for every ten people]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 31 January 2022.
  3. ^ a b c d e f Levinsky, Sergio (8 August 2018). "La historia de Lionel Scaloni: el hombre que le teme a los aviones pero derribaba "gigantes" y llevó al título al Sub 20" [The story of Lionel Scaloni: the man who fears airplanes but brought down "giants" and took Under 20s to title] (in Spanish). Infobae. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  4. ^ Hermida, Xosé (21 April 2003). "El indulto de Víctor" [Víctor's pardon]. El País (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  5. ^ Méndez, Carlos (3 February 2004). ""Sólo me falta ser central y portero"" ["I only have not played as stopper and goalkeeper"]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  6. ^ Grosso, Cristian (7 August 2018). "Lionel Scaloni: el perfil de un obsesivo del juego que nunca pierde el buen humor" [Lionel Scaloni: the profile of a game freak who is always in a good mood]. La Nación (in Spanish). Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  7. ^ "West Ham capture defender Scaloni". BBC Sport. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  8. ^ "West Ham 2–0 Sunderland". BBC Sport. 4 February 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  9. ^ a b "Liverpool 3–3 West Ham (aet)". BBC Sport. 13 May 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  10. ^ Steinberg, Jacob (2010). "Whatever happened to West Ham's FA Cup final team of 2006?". Bleacher Report. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  11. ^ "Tristán and Scaloni released by Depor". UEFA. 5 September 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  12. ^ "Racing take a chance on Scaloni". UEFA. 14 September 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  13. ^ "Deportivo La Coruña 0–0 Racing Santander". ESPN Soccernet. 3 December 2006. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  14. ^ "Racing Santander 0–0 Deportivo La Coruña". ESPN Soccernet. 29 April 2007. Retrieved 25 September 2012.
  15. ^ "Colpo Lazio, preso Scaloni (" [Lazio deal, Scaloni acquired (] (in Italian). 30 June 2007. Archived from the original on 4 March 2016. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  16. ^ "El Mallorca presenta a Scaloni" [Mallorca present Scaloni]. Marca (in Spanish). 26 January 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  17. ^ "Scaloni dice que el único culpable de su expulsión en Getafe es él" [Scaloni says he is the only one to blame for his dismissal in Getafe]. Diario AS (in Spanish). 4 March 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  18. ^ "Scaloni: "Me gustaría quedarme, pero no depende de mí"" [Scaloni: "I would like to stay, but it's not up to me"]. Marca (in Spanish). 30 April 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  19. ^ Losco, Gianluca (29 January 2013). "Ufficiale: Atalanta, preso Scaloni dalla Lazio" [Official: Atalanta, Scaloni signed from Lazio] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  20. ^ Casalino, Lorenzo (17 September 2013). "Atalanta, reintegrato Scaloni in rosa" [Atalanta, Scaloni reinstated in squad] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. Retrieved 12 November 2013.
  21. ^ "Zanetti cree que su marginación del Mundial "no es justa"" [Zanetti thinks his World Cup outcast status "is not fair"]. El Mercurio (in Spanish). 16 May 2006. Retrieved 26 September 2019.
  22. ^ "Argentina 2–1 Mexico (aet)". BBC Sport. 24 June 2006. Retrieved 18 November 2011.
  23. ^ López, José María (11 October 2016). "Lionel Scaloni, nuevo ayudante de Sampaoli en el Sevilla" [Lionel Scaloni, new Sampaoli assistant at Sevilla]. Diario AS (in Spanish). Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  24. ^ "Cuál es el cuerpo técnico de Jorge Sampaoli y qué tiene por delante con la selección" [Who is Jorge Sampaoli's coaching staff and what's ahead of them with the national team]. Clarín (in Spanish). 1 June 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  25. ^ "Argentina appoint Scaloni, Aimar as caretaker coaches". The Independent. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  26. ^ Gómez, Cristian (29 November 2018). "Es oficial: Chiqui Tapia confirmó a Lionel Scaloni como técnico de la Selección" [It's official: Chiqui Tapia confirmed Lionel Scaloni as manager of the National team]. Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  27. ^ "Argentina 2–1 Chile". BBC Sport. 6 July 2019. Retrieved 25 September 2019.
  28. ^ a b Osborne, Chris (11 July 2021). "Lionel Messi wins first Copa America as Argentina beat Brazil in final". BBC Sport. Retrieved 11 July 2021.
  29. ^ McVitie, Peter (22 November 2021). "Messi, Ronaldo and Lewandowski headline nominees for FIFA's The Best Awards". Goal. Retrieved 23 November 2021.
  30. ^ "Finalists for The Best FIFA Women's Coach and The Best FIFA Men's Coach announced". FIFA. 6 January 2022. Retrieved 2 February 2022.
  31. ^ a b Dawkes, Phil (1 June 2022). "Italy 0–3 Argentina: Messi and Di Maria shine in impressive Finalissima win". BBC Sport. Retrieved 2 June 2022.
  32. ^ Cabrera, Martín (17 December 1997). "Los hermanos Scaloni" [The Scaloni brothers] (PDF). Diario Hoy (in Spanish). Archived from the original (PDF) on 5 November 2014. Retrieved 6 July 2012.
  33. ^ Mateo, Roberto (9 April 2019). "Scaloni, atropellado en Mallorca por un coche mientras iba en bicicleta" [Scaloni, run over in Mallorca by a car while driving a bicycle]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 April 2019.
  34. ^ "Lionel Scaloni". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmermann. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  35. ^ "Argentina: Matches". Soccerway. Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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