Martín Lasarte

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Martín Lasarte
Lasarte training with Real Sociedad in 2010
Personal information
Full name Martín Bernardo Lasarte Arróspide
Date of birth (1961-03-20) 20 March 1961 (age 60)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Position(s) Defender
Club information
Current team
Chile (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1980–1985 Rentistas
1986 Central Español
1987 Rampla Juniors
1988 Nacional
1989–1992 Deportivo La Coruña 122 (1)
1993–1994 Defensor
1995 Rentistas
1996 Rampla Juniors
Teams managed
1996–1997 Rampla Juniors
1998–1999 Rentistas
2000–2001 Bella Vista
2002 Al Wasl
2003–2004 River Plate (URU)
2005–2006 Nacional
2007 Millonarios
2008–2009 Danubio
2009–2011 Real Sociedad
2012–2013 Universidad Católica
2014–2015 Universidad de Chile
2016–2017 Nacional
2018–2019 Al Ahly
2021– Chile
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Martín Bernardo Lasarte Arróspide (born 20 March 1961) is a Uruguayan former footballer who played as a defender, currently the manager of the Chile national team.

He represented five teams in his country, and also had a three-and-a-half-year spell in Spain with Deportivo during a 16-year senior career.

Lasarte began working as a coach in 1996, and managed several clubs over the next decades including Nacional where he also had played.

Playing career[edit]

Lasarte was born in Montevideo to a Spanish father and an Uruguayan mother, with the former having immigrated from the Basque Country.[1] In his country, he represented C.A. Rentistas (two spells), Central Español, Rampla Juniors (twice), Club Nacional de Football and Defensor Sporting, winning four major titles with the fourth club including the 1988 edition of the Copa Libertadores followed by the Intercontinental Cup.

Abroad, Lasarte played four seasons for Deportivo de La Coruña in Spain. In 1990–91 he helped the Galicians return to La Liga, appearing in 35 complete matches the following campaign as the side finally avoided relegation. He also acted as captain in several games.[2][3]

Coaching career[edit]

Lasarte's career as manager began at the age of 35 with Rampla Juniors, which he led to the second position in the Primera División in the 1996 Clausura. In the following years he was in charge of several clubs, including Al Wasl F.C. from the United Arab Emirates in 2002, which he joined with the side in last place, eventually leading them to fifth.

In 2003, Lasarte was appointed at Club Atlético River Plate (Montevideo), helping to promotion from the Segunda División in his second season. He led his following team, Nacional de Montevideo, to two consecutive national championships.[4] After finishing fifth in the 2006–07 Apertura he did not have his contract renewed and left,[5] going on to have a very brief spell in Colombia.

After one season with Danubio F.C. in his country, Lasarte returned to the land of his father and signed for Real Sociedad in the Segunda División.[6] In his first season they returned to the top flight after an absence of three years and, in late August 2010, he extended his contract until June 2012.[7]

In 2010–11, Real were close to the qualifying positions to the UEFA Europa League late into the first half of the campaign, but eventually had to wait until the last matchday to be safe from relegation, which eventually happened. On 24 May 2011, however, he was relieved of his duties.[8][9]

On 15 May 2014, Lasarte was named manager of Club Universidad de Chile.[10] In June 2016, in the same capacity, he returned to Nacional.[11]

Lasarte was appointed at Egyptian Premier League's Al Ahly SC in December 2018.[12] He led the club to its 41st national championship in his first season[13] but, on 18 August 2019, was dismissed after being ousted from the Egypt Cup by Pyramids FC.[14]

On 10 February 2021, the Football Federation of Chile announced Lasarte as their national team's new coach.[15]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 27 March 2021
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat Years Record
P W D L Win %
Rampla Juniors Uruguay 1996–1997 44 13 16 15 41.67%
Rentistas 1998–1999 43 13 15 15 41.86%
Bella Vista 2000–2001 48 16 11 21 40.97%
Al Wasl United Arab Emirates 2002 10 3 4 3 43.33%
River Plate Uruguay 2003–2004 50 34 7 9 72.67%
Nacional 2005–2006 94 52 24 18 63.83%
Millonarios Colombia 2007 9 2 1 6 25.92%
Danubio Uruguay 2008–2009 50 19 9 22 44%
Real Sociedad Spain 2009–2011 83 34 17 32 47.79%
Universidad Católica Chile 2012–2013 93 50 21 22 61.29%
Universidad de Chile 2014–2015 74 39 13 22 58.56%
Nacional Uruguay 2016–2017 61 40 8 13 69.94%
Al-Ahly Egypt 2018–2019 40 27 4 9 70.83%
Chile Chile 2021–Present 1 1 0 0 100%
Total 700 343 150 207 56.14%





River Plate Montevideo


Real Sociedad

Universidad de Chile

Al Ahly


  1. ^ "El 'Chori' Castro se pudo ir por 18.000 euros" ['Chori' Castro could have left for 18.000 euros]. Mundo Deportivo (in Spanish). 25 May 2012. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  2. ^ Centeno, Alexandre (27 July 2016). "Martín Lasarte: "Creo que con los años me he quedado sin mi sueño de volver al Deportivo"" [Martín Lasarte: "I think that my dream of returning to Deportivo died as the years went by"]. La Voz de Galicia (in Spanish). Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  3. ^ "Futbolistas de mi adolescencia: Martín Lasarte" [Footballers of my teen years: Martín Lasarte] (in Spanish). Izquierda Casual. 25 October 2017. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  4. ^ "El uruguayo Martín Lasarte es el nuevo DT de la UC" [Uruguay's Martín Lasarte is the new HC of UC]. La Segunda (in Spanish). 1 June 2012. Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  5. ^ Silva, Nicolás (3 November 2016). "El DT estuvo a 2 puntos de obtener su mejor puntaje en el club | Martín Lasarte logró su 2ª mejor puntuación dirigiendo a Nacional" [HC finished 2 points from his best score at club | Martín Lasarte achieved his 2nd best scoring at the helm of Nacional]. La República (in Spanish). Retrieved 27 March 2021.
  6. ^ "Martín Lasarte, presentado como nuevo entrenador de la Real Sociedad" [Martín Lasarte, presented as new manager of Real Sociedad]. El Mundo (in Spanish). 22 June 2009. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  7. ^ "Real Sociedad coach Martin Lasarte extends contract with club". People's Daily. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  8. ^ Badallo, Óscar (24 May 2011). "Bielsa, muy cerca de ser el técnico de la Real Sociedad" [Bielsa, very close to being Real Sociedad manager]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 24 May 2011.
  9. ^ "Sociedad sack Lasarte". ESPN Soccernet. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  10. ^ "[Movidas] Martín Lasarte es el nuevo técnico de Universidad de Chile" [[Moves] Martín Lasarte is the new manager of Universidad de Chile] (in Spanish). Charla Técnica. 15 May 2014. Retrieved 19 June 2014.
  11. ^ "Nacional de Montevideo anunció a Martín Lasarte como nuevo entrenador" [Nacional de Montevideo announced Martín Lasarte as new manager] (in Spanish). Radio Cooperativa. 13 June 2016. Retrieved 3 November 2017.
  12. ^ Díaz, José Pablo (17 December 2018). "Al-Ahly appoint Uruguayan Martin Lasarte as new coach". Diario AS. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  13. ^ "I am a champion in three continents, says Lasarte". Egypt Today. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  14. ^ Talaat, Tarek (18 August 2019). "Egypt giants Al Ahly sack coach Lasarte after Cup defeat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  15. ^ "Martín Lasarte es el nuevo director técnico de la selección chilena" [Martín Lasarte is the new manager of the Chile national team] (in Spanish). Football Federation of Chile. 10 February 2021. Retrieved 11 February 2021.
  16. ^ Gonzalo, Marta (3 August 2020). "Martín Lasarte: "Yo fui campeón con la Real el primer año y no me hicieron una película"" [Martín Lasarte: "I was champion with Real in my first year and did not get a movie"] (in Spanish). El Desmarque. Retrieved 27 March 2021.

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