|Full name||Matías Jesús Almeyda|
|Date of birth||21 December 1973|
|Place of birth||Azul, Argentina|
|Height||1.73 m (5 ft 8 in)|
|San Jose Earthquakes (head coach)|
|2018–||San Jose Earthquakes|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Matías Jesús Almeyda (Spanish pronunciation: [maˈti.as xeˈsus alˈmejða]; born 21 December 1973) is an Argentine former professional footballer who played as a defensive midfielder, and is the current head coach of Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes.
Born in Azul, Buenos Aires Province, Almeyda started playing professionally for local and national powerhouse Club Atlético River Plate, first as understudy to Leonardo Astrada then as a starter, helping the side to the 1996 Primera División title after his insertion in the starting XI, as well as that year's Copa Libertadores. Shortly after, he moved to Sevilla FC in Spain for a record fee for a player in the country of $9 million; he appeared regularly in his first and only season with the Andalusians, but suffered La Liga relegation.
Almeyda would play in the Italian Serie A in the following eight years, successively representing S.S. Lazio, A.C. Parma and Inter Milan. He spent three seasons in Rome with Lazio, becoming a firm fan favourite especially after scoring a 35-yard goal against Parma's Gianluigi Buffon, his only of the 1999–2000 campaign, which ended with league and Coppa Italia conquest. Additionally, he was voted the competition's best player in 1998–99, and also won – as a starter – the last UEFA Cup Winners' Cup, against RCD Mallorca, and was often partnered with compatriot Juan Sebastián Verón in the heart of midfield by manager Sven-Göran Eriksson in his 4–4–2 formation, with Verón providing the creativity and Almeyda the strength.
In the summer of 2002, Almeyda was exchanged with Vratislav Greško and moved to Inter, where he was again partnered by compatriots as in his previous clubs. Two years later he joined his final team in Italy, lowly Brescia Calcio, on a free transfer. The following year, after the team's relegation as second from bottom, he returned to Argentina and agreed to play for Quilmes Atlético Club, which appeared at the Libertadores, announcing his retirement after their elimination from that tournament.
After one and a half years away from football, in which he represented Argentina in a Showball tour around the world alongside Diego Maradona and participated in the Indoor Football World Cup in Spain, Almeyda joined Norwegian Premier League side FK Lyn in Oslo, in which he was accompanied by compatriot José Oscar Flores; their friend Terje Liverod was central in these transfers. The midfielder made his debut on 13 May 2007, but only played regularly in the reserves and in the domestic cup, being released as the striker shortly after and again retiring from football.
On 16 January 2009, at almost 36, Almeyda, after nearly agreeing on a return to River, signed with modest Club Atlético Fénix in the fourth division. During his brief spell, he managed to be sent off on two occasions.
On 19 August 2009, veteran Almeyda finally re-joined his main club River Plate, teaming up with former teammates Marcelo Gallardo and Ariel Ortega. In June 2011, the team was relegated to the second level for the first time in their history and he retired from football, being appointed team manager the following month.
Almeyda won 35 caps for Argentina over the course of seven years, his debut coming in April 1996 against Bolivia. Shortly after, he helped the Olympic side to the silver medal at the Summer Olympics in Atlanta.
After Marcelo Bielsa became Argentina's manager, Almeyda did not get as much playing time. He was, however, selected for the 2002 World Cup which was held in South Korea and Japan, and played in the 1–1 group stage draw against Sweden.
Almeyda spent 18 months in charge at River Plate, winning the Primera B Nacional and earning promotion back to the top division at the end of the 2011–12 season. He left the club in November 2012.
On 15 September 2015, Almeyda was appointed manager at C.D. Guadalajara of the Mexican Liga MX, proclaiming he wanted to "awaken the giant." He won his first four matches in charge, including one against rivals Club América on 26 September by a score of 2–1 at the Estadio Azteca.
On 4 November 2015, after nine years of a title hiatus, Almeyda's team won the Copa MX after defeating Club León by a score of 1–0. On 10 July 2016, they played their first ever Supercopa MX and won their second trophy in under a year by besting C.D. Veracruz 2–0, and as a result qualified to the Libertadores for the first time since 2012, but ultimately did not participate as a result of scheduling conflicts.
On 19 April 2017, Almeyda led Chivas to their fourth Copa MX title, defeating Monarcas Morelia in a penalty shootout after a 0–0 draw. After placing third overall in the Clausura's general table, the final second leg was played at the Estadio Chivas on 28 May 2017 and the hosts won their 12th title in the competition after besting Tigres UANL by an aggregate of 4–3; thus, they became the first team in Mexican history to win the double in a single season on two occasions.
Almeyda won the 2018 edition of the CONCACAF Champions League with the club, and as a result qualified for that year's FIFA Club World Cup. On 11 June 2018, however, he left, citing differences with an executive.
San Jose Earthquakes
On 8 October 2018, Almeyda was appointed as the new head coach of Major League Soccer club San Jose Earthquakes, starting with the 2019 season. He attained 44 points within the Western Conference, missing the playoff berth by one win.
Style of play
A tenacious, dynamic and physically strong player in spite of his diminutive stature, Almeyda excelled in a midfield holding role due to his stamina, tactical awareness, reactions, anticipation and work rate, as well as his ability to press opponents and break down opposition plays which allowed him to protect his team's back-line. Although he earned a reputation in the media as a hard tackler, he was gifted with good feet and passing ability, which enabled him to start attacking plays after winning back possession; he also stood out for his leadership throughout his career.
|River Plate||1991–92||Primera División||2||0||0||0||—||—||2||0|
|Inter Milan||2002–03||Serie A||16||0||0||0||10[d]||1||—||26||1|
|Fénix||2008–09||Primera C Metropolitana||4||0||—||—||—||4||0|
|River Plate||2009–10||Primera División||32||0||0||0||—||—||32||0|
- Appearance(s) in Copa Libertadores
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Cup Winners' Cup
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Champions League
- Appearance(s) in UEFA Super Cup
- Two appearances in UEFA Champions League, three appearances in UEFA Cup
- Four appearances in UEFA Champions League, two appearances in UEFA Cup
- Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
|1.||26 July 2000||Estádio do Morumbi, São Paulo, Brazil||Brazil||1–2||1–3||2002 World Cup qualification|
This section needs to be updated.(July 2020)
- As of 7 November 2021
|River Plate||July 2011||27 November 2012||60||29||22||9||97||45||+52||48.33|
|Banfield||April 2013||3 August 2015||98||44||27||27||148||102||+46||44.90|
|Guadalajara[n 1]||15 September 2015||11 July 2018||139||56||44||39||167||143||+24||40.29|
|San Jose Earthquakes||8 October 2018||present||96||33||23||40||147||175||−28||34.38|
- Serie A: 1999–2000
- Coppa Italia: 1997–98, 1999–2000
- Supercoppa Italiana: 1998
- UEFA Cup Winners' Cup: 1998–99
- UEFA Super Cup: 1999
- Coppa Italia: 2001–02
- Primera B Nacional: 2013–14
- Liga MX: Clausura 2017
- Copa MX: Apertura 2015, Clausura 2017
- Supercopa MX: 2016
- CONCACAF Champions League: 2018
- Liga MX Best XI Manager: Clausura 2017
- Liga MX Manager of the Season: 2016–17
- CONCACAF Men's Football Coach of the Year: 2018
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