Luis Zubeldía

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Luis Zubeldía
Luis Zubeldia final primera etapa.JPG
Zubeldía with LDU Quito in 2015
Personal information
Full name Luis Francisco Zubeldía
Date of birth (1981-01-13) 13 January 1981 (age 38)
Place of birth Santa Rosa, La Pampa, Argentina
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
Lanús (Head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1998–2004 Lanús 57 (3)
National team
1997 Argentina U17 12 (0)
1999–2001 Argentina U20 15 (0)
Teams managed
2008–2010 Lanús
2011–2012 Barcelona SC
2012–2013 Racing Club
2013–2015 LDU Quito
2015–2016 Santos Laguna
2016–2017 Independiente Medellín
2017 Alavés
2018 Cerro Porteño
2018– Lanús
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Luis Francisco Zubeldía (born 13 January 1981) is an Argentine former football player and current coach of Club Atlético Lanús.

He was coach of Club Atlético Lanús and at the time of his appointment was notable for being the youngest in charge of a team of Argentine first division professional football. He is the brother of Gustavo Zubeldía, trainer and former football player Juan Zubeldía.

Playing career[edit]


Zubeldía debuted at Club Atlético Lanús on 30 October 1998 with a draw at home by 2 goals against Independiente. He made 57 appearances, scoring 3 goals. In 2004, he retired from football at 23 years of age due to a knee osteochondritis dissecans.


He played for the U-17 and U-20 Argentina selections. It was part of the Argentine squad at the South American and World Under-17 1997 and the FIFA U-20 1999. In addition, in 2001 was part of the South American Under-20 Championship 2001. That same year, days before start of Under 20 world Cup held in Argentina, it is unaffected by injury to his left knee.

Managerial career[edit]

Club Atlético Lanús[edit]

In June 2008, Zubeldia was announced as manager of Lanús, replacing Ramón Cabrero, at the age of 27, making him the youngest coach in the history of First Division Argentina. After leading the team to a fourth place in the Torneo Apertura 2008 and qualifying 2009 Copa Libertadores, Lanús ended Torneo Clausura 2009 in third place. Under his technical leadership, Lanus finished the 2008/2009 season as the best team, with a total of 75 points. So far, the best record in club history. On 15 November 2010 he split from the institution where he was born as a coach.

Barcelona SC[edit]

On 23 June 2011 he was hired to direct the Barcelona Sporting Club with a contract for 18 months, until the end of 2012. On Sunday 8 April 2012, after the tie to 1 against Liga de Quito, the president of Barcelona, Antonio Noboa, entered the dressing rooms, having a strong discussion with the young coach. After discussion, the next day Luis Zubeldía he gave a press conference announcing his irrevocable resignation to Barcelona, which stated:

"The president made a comment that I believe was disoriented, did everything possible not to react, but reacted as any person of character will not pass over, but respect broke but still leaving.. side and not being self-centered, I choose to step aside for the benefit of the institution, because not whether the president and the coach are not respected no project to serve. I would have liked to be in the photo stage winner, will All the best to the next coach who has the most important raw material."

His replacement was his compatriot Gustavo Costas. At the end of 2012 Barcelona crowned Champion Ecuadorian after almost 15 years, being Zubeldía recognized for his role in putting together the team that won the campeonato.[1]

Racing Club De Avellaneda[edit]

In the middle of Torneo Clausura 2012, Zubeldía took over the technical direction of Racing Club de Avellaneda replacing Alfio Basile, accompanied by the same body technician in his previous teams: Snapper Maximilian as adjutant and Pablo Sanchez as trainer. The group led by Zubeldía managed to reach the end of the Copa Argentina 2011/2012, after his team beat on penalties to River Plate, being the great figure Saja. In the end, Racing lost 2–1 against Boca Juniors.

Luis Zubeldía took hold in the first team several youth of the lower, as Ricardo Centurion, Rodrigo De Paul, Luis Fariña and Luciano Vietto. In 2012 Initial Tournament Racing achieved the best season the club in short matches from the championship got "Mostaza" Merlo in Torneo Apertura 2001 (42 points). Racing finished in fifth place with a total of 33 points, won 9 games, 6 draws and 4 defeats, with 26 goals for and 12 against. the final tournament in 2013, Racing achieved sixth place with 8 games won, lost 5 and 6 tied with 24 goals for and 17 against. Thanks to these two seasons, his team ends up being the highlight of the past 12 seasons. On 25 August 2013 was dismissed by the leadership due to bad start to the season.

Liga de Quito[edit]

After the departure of technical director Edgardo Bauza League, the leader of the club decided to hire the strategist Luis Francisco Zubeldía as a replacement to lead the 2014 season on 18 January the Argentine made his presentation during "White Night" before the América de Cali, winning the match 3–0. The start of the 2014 season had a surplus balance the participation of several young players on the professional staff as Luis Cangá, Jefferson Intriago, Hancel Battle and Francisco Cevallos. These names more experienced players, made League will qualify for the South American 2015 goal set at the beginning of the year. After the existence of rumors that Luis Zubeldia would be hired by Leon of Mexico, the Argentine decided to renew for another year for the Quito institution.

In 2015 Liga de Quito becomes the winner of the first stage of Ecuadorian soccer with 47 points after earning a record of 21 unbeaten dates. Thus he qualified for the 2015 tournament finals and won the qualification for the 2016 Copa Libertadores. After his team classified first in the regular phase with 89 points in 44 games, one point ahead of Club Sport Emelec, played the final of the Ecuadorian soccer championship 2015 two round games with the Club Sport Emelec, 16 and 20 December, obtaining the sub championship after losing 1–3 and 0–0 draw against Emelec in Portoviejo and Quito, respectively, which closed its cycle in the team from the capital of Ecuador.

Santos Laguna[edit]

On 28 November 2015, Zubeldía was announced that would come to Santos Laguna once completed the Ecuadorian tournament with Liga de Quito to Clausura 2016 of Mexican tournament. In his debut, he achieves a very good performance by placing the team Within the last eight of the Liga MX. Also, the team at the international level, reaches semi-finals of the Champions League FA Cup, being eliminated by the American AFTER A dramatic overtime. During the period of preparation in the United States, Santos Achieves the Socio Cup Mx, Conquering one Pumas and later the mighty Cruz Azul. On 15 August 2016, surprisingly it was dismissed by the leadership due to a bad start to the season.


Zubeldía returned to Lanús in 2018, replacing Ezequiel Carboni as coach.

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of 7 May 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Lanús Argentina 15 June 2008 14 November 2010 106 48 28 30 045.28
Barcelona Ecuador 23 June 2011 10 April 2012 31 16 8 7 051.61
Racing Club Argentina 16 April 2012 25 August 2013 59 22 14 23 037.29
Liga de Quito Ecuador 31 December 2013 20 December 2015 96 48 28 20 050.00
Santos Laguna Mexico 22 December 2015 16 August 2016 30 9 9 12 030.00
Independiente Medellín Colombia 14 December 2016 6 June 2017 30 17 4 9 056.67
Alavés Spain 17 June 2017 17 September 2017 4 0 0 4 000.00
Cerro Porteño Paraguay 5 February 2018 20 August 2018 35 20 9 6 057.14
Lanús Argentina 3 September 2018 Present 26 11 5 10 042.31
Total 417 191 105 121 045.80



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