Lionel Scaloni

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Lionel Scaloni
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Scaloni training with Atalanta in 2014
Personal information
Full name Lionel Sebastián Scaloni
Date of birth (1978-05-16) 16 May 1978 (age 41)
Place of birth Rosario, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Wingback
Club information
Current team
Argentina (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1995–1996 Newell's Old Boys 12 (0)
1996–1998 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
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Lionel Sebastián Scaloni (Spanish pronunciation: [ljoˈnel eskaˈloni]; born 16 May 1978) is an Argentine retired footballer, and is the manager of the Argentina national team. A player of wide range, he played 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 spent 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.

Club career[edit]

Early years / Deportivo[edit]

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, 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 March 1998 for 405 million pesetas.

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.[1][2] However, due to injury, he only appeared in 14 La Liga matches as Depor managed its first league title.

After falling out with manager Joaquín Caparrós, Scaloni joined Premier League club West Ham United on loan on 31 January 2006, the final day of the transfer window,[3] in an attempt to increase his chance of selection for the upcoming World Cup. He took the number 2 shirt from the departed Tomáš Řepka, and made his league debut for the East London club against Sunderland, on 4 February. He also helped the team reach the FA Cup final, a penalty shootout loss to Liverpool.[4][better source needed]

Racing Santander[edit]

Scaloni left West Ham after a permanent move could not be agreed. Deportivo released him on 1 September 2006 alongside Diego Tristán,[5] 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,[6] The Cantabrians subsequently finished in mid table. He appeared – and started – in both games against his former club, both ending in 0–0 draws.[7][8]


On 30 June 2007, Scaloni moved to S.S. Lazio in Italy's Serie A on a five-year deal.[9] In January of the following year, he returned to Spain, on loan to RCD Mallorca for 18 months.[10][11][12] He subsequently returned to Lazio where he was rarely used in the following three seasons.

Aged nearly 35, Scaloni joined Atalanta B.C. in January 2013.[13] He was released at the end of the season but re-signed after he failed to find a new club.[14]

International career[edit]

After making his debut for Argentina on 30 April 2003 in a friendly match with Libya, Scaloni was a surprise selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, taking the place of veteran Javier Zanetti who also appeared as a right-wingback. His only appearance of the tournament was playing the full 120 minutes in the 2–1 extra time round of 16 win against Mexico on 24 June 2006, at the Zentralstadion.[15]

Managerial career[edit]

On 11 October 2016, he joined compatriot Jorge Sampaoli's coaching staff at Sevilla FC.[16]

In June 2017, when Sampaoli was appointed as the new national team boss, Scaloni was again named his assistant.[17] One year later, after the country's failure at the World Cup in Russia, he and Pablo Aimar were named caretaker managers until the end of the year;[18] in November 2018, Scaloni was confirmed in the post until June 2019, when the 2019 Copa América is due to take place.[19]

Personal life[edit]

Scaloni's older brother, Mauro, also belonged to Deportivo, but never made it beyond its reserve team.[20]

In April 2019 he was ran over while cycling in Calvià. Some media initially reported him to be in serious condition, but he was discharged a few hours later.[21]

Career statistics[edit]


As of match played 24 June 2006.[22]
Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 1 0
2004 1 0
2005 3 0
2006 2 0
Total 7 0

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 26 March 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Argentina (caretaker) Argentina 3 August 2018 29 November 2018 6 4 1 1 11 1 +10 066.67 [23]
Argentina Argentina 29 November 2018 Present 2 1 0 1 2 3 −1 050.00
Career total 8 5 1 2 13 4 +9 062.50




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  1. ^ "El indulto de Víctor" [Víctor's pardon] (in Spanish). El País. 21 April 2003. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  2. ^ ""Sólo me falta ser central y portero"" ["I only have not played as stopper and goalkeeper"] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 3 February 2004. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  3. ^ "West Ham capture defender Scaloni". BBC Sport. 1 February 2006. Retrieved 17 February 2015.
  4. ^ The demise of West Ham's 2006 FA Cup final team is a cautionary tale of what can happen when mediocre players get too big for their boots; Daily Mirror, 18 September 2009
  5. ^ Tristán and Scaloni released by Depor; UEFA, 5 September 2006
  6. ^ Racing take a chance on Scaloni; UEFA, 14 September 2006
  7. ^ Deportivo La Coruña 0–0 Racing Santander; ESPN Soccernet, 3 December 2006
  8. ^ Racing Santander 0–0 Deportivo La Coruña; ESPN Soccernet, 29 April 2007
  9. ^ "Colpo Lazio, preso Scaloni (" [Lazio deal, Scaloni acquired (] (in Italian). 30 June 2007. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  10. ^ "El Mallorca presenta a Scaloni" [Mallorca present Scaloni] (in Spanish). Marca. 26 January 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  11. ^ "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] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 4 March 2008. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  12. ^ "Scaloni: "Me gustaría quedarme, pero no depende de mí"" [Scaloni: "I would like to stay, but it's not up to me"] (in Spanish). Marca. 30 April 2009. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  13. ^ "Ufficiale: Atalanta, preso Scaloni dalla Lazio" [Official: Atalanta, Scaloni signed from Lazio] (in Italian). Tutto Mercato Web. 29 January 2013. Retrieved 11 May 2016.
  14. ^ Atalanta, reintegrato Scaloni in rosa (Atalanta, Scaloni reinstated in squad); Tutto Mercato Web, 17 September 2013 (in Italian)
  15. ^ Argentina 2–1 Mexico (aet); BBC Sport, 24 June 2006
  16. ^ "Lionel Scaloni, nuevo ayudante de Sampaoli en el Sevilla" [Lionel Scaloni, new Sampaoli assistant at Sevilla] (in Spanish). Diario AS. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  17. ^ "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] (in Spanish). Clarín. 1 June 2017. Retrieved 11 October 2017.
  18. ^ "Argentina appoint Scaloni, Aimar as caretaker coaches". The Independent. 4 August 2018. Retrieved 7 September 2018.
  19. ^ "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] (in Spanish). Clarín. 29 November 2018. Retrieved 13 February 2019.
  20. ^ Los hermanos Scaloni (The Scaloni brothers) Archived 5 November 2014 at the Wayback Machine; Diario Hoy, 17 December 1997 (in Spanish)
  21. ^ Scaloni, ran over in Mallorca by a car while driving a bicycle. Marca, 9 April 2019
  22. ^ "Lionel Scaloni". National Football Teams. Benjamin Strack-Zimmerman. Retrieved 16 May 2019.
  23. ^ "Argentina: Matches". Soccerway. Perform Group. Retrieved 9 April 2019.

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