Martín Lasarte

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Martín Lasarte
Lasarte in training with Real Sociedad
Personal information
Full name Martín Bernardo Lasarte Arróspide
Date of birth (1961-03-20) 20 March 1961 (age 58)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Height 1.82 m (5 ft 11 12 in)
Playing position Defender
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 Chile
2016–2017 Nacional
2018–2019 Al Ahly
* 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, and is a manager.

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.

Lasart 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 and the latter also having Basque descent.[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 team 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 in was in charge of several clubs, including Al Wasl F.C. from the United Arab Emirates in 2002, which he joined with the team in the last position, eventually leading them to fifth.

In 2003, Lasarte was appointed at Club Atlético River Plate (Montevideo), helping to promotion from the second level in his second season. He led his following team, Nacional de Montevideo, to two consecutive national championships; after finishing fifth in the 2006–07 Apertura he did not have his contract renewed, 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 second division.[4] In his first season the team returned to the top flight after an absence of three years and, in late August 2010, he extended his contract until June 2012.[5]

In 2010–11, Real Sociedad 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.[6][7]

On 15 May 2014, Lasarte was named manager of Club Universidad de Chile.[8] In June 2016, in the same capacity, he returned to Nacional.[9]

In December 2018, Lasarte was appointed at Egyptian Premier League's Al Ahly SC.[10] He led the team to their 41st national championship in his first season[11] but, on 18 August 2019, was dismissed after being ousted from the Egypt Cup by Pyramids FC.[12]





River Plate Montevideo


Real Sociedad

Universidad 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. ^ "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.
  5. ^ "Real Sociedad coach Martin Lasarte extends contract with club". People's Daily. 26 August 2010. Retrieved 3 November 2010.
  6. ^ 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.
  7. ^ "Sociedad sack Lasarte". ESPN Soccernet. 25 May 2011. Retrieved 25 May 2011.
  8. ^ "[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.
  9. ^ "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.
  10. ^ Díaz, José Pablo (17 December 2018). "Al-Ahly appoint Uruguayan Martin Lasarte as new coach". Diario AS. Retrieved 16 January 2019.
  11. ^ "I am a champion in three continents, says Lasarte". Egypt Today. 26 July 2019. Retrieved 19 August 2019.
  12. ^ Talaat, Tarek (18 August 2019). "Egypt giants Al Ahly sack coach Lasarte after Cup defeat". BBC Sport. Retrieved 19 August 2019.

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