Mauricio Pellegrino

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Mauricio Pellegrino
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Pellegrino managing Southampton in 2017
Personal information
Full name Mauricio Andrés Pellegrino Luna[1]
Date of birth (1971-10-05) 5 October 1971 (age 49)[2]
Place of birth Leones, Argentina[2]
Height 1.93 m (6 ft 4 in)[2]
Playing position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Vélez Sarsfield (manager)
Youth career
1982–1987 CA Sarmiento
1987–1990 Vélez Sarsfield
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1999 Vélez Sarsfield 186 (11)
1998–1999Barcelona (loan) 23 (0)
1999–2005 Valencia 140 (5)
2005 Liverpool 12 (0)
2005–2006 Alavés 13 (0)
Total 374 (16)
National team
1993 Argentina U20 2 (0)
1997 Argentina 3 (0)
Teams managed
2012 Valencia
2013–2015 Estudiantes
2015–2016 Independiente
2016–2017 Alavés
2017–2018 Southampton
2018–2019 Leganés
2020– Vélez Sarsfield
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Mauricio Andrés Pellegrino Luna (American Spanish: [mawˈɾisjo peleˈɣɾino]; born 5 October 1971) is an Argentine former footballer who played as a central defender, and is the current manager of Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield.

After nearly one decade with Vélez Sarsfield, he spent the vast majority of his remaining career in Spain, amassing La Liga totals of 176 games and five goals over the course of eight seasons for three clubs, notably Valencia with which he won three titles (he won nine while in Argentina). He also had a six-month stint with Liverpool, and appeared with Argentina at the 1997 Copa América.

Pellegrino embarked on a managerial career after retiring, notably working two years with Estudiantes and leading Alavés to the 2017 Copa del Rey Final. For eight months, he was in charge of Southampton in the Premier League.

Playing career[edit]


Vélez and Barcelona[edit]

Born in Leones, Córdoba,[3] Pellegrino played for Club Atlético Vélez Sarsfield during a large portion of the 90s, as the Buenos Aires-based club experienced its golden age, winning four Primeira División championships and the 1994 Intercontinental and Libertadores Cups.

He had his first experience abroad in 1998–99, joining Louis van Gaal's FC Barcelona on loan.[4] He made his La Liga debut on 12 September 1998 in a 1–0 home win against CF Extremadura,[5] and would be used regularly during the campaign, which ended with league conquest.[6]


Pellegrino had his best years with another Spanish side, Valencia CF, partnering countryman Roberto Ayala in the heart of the back-four while helping them to two league titles during his tenure,[7] with the addition of the 2003–04 edition of the UEFA Cup.[8]

Arguably his worst moment occurred during the 2000–01 final of the UEFA Champions League as he missed the last penalty shootout attempt against FC Bayern Munich (1–1 after 120 minutes)[9]– he also played in the previous season's decisive match, which also ended in defeat, to Real Madrid (0–3).[10] Overall though, in his six years at the Mestalla Stadium, he was a very important defensive unit, and amassed 213 official appearances for the Che.

Liverpool and retirement[edit]

In early January 2005, after having been frozen out by Claudio Ranieri,[11] Pellegrino joined former Valencia boss Rafael Benítez at Liverpool on a free transfer, signing a six-month contract[12]– this move made him the first Argentine player in the history of the club. He played 12 times for the Reds in the Premier League – 13 overall – but his performances were not enough to secure a longer contract, and he was released by the club at the end of the season. He was cup-tied for the Champions League campaign,[13] and did not feature in the victory over A.C. Milan in the final of the competition.

Afterwards, Pellegrino returned to Spain, having an unassuming stint with Deportivo Alavés (less than half of the matches played, first division relegation).[14]


Pellegrino earned three caps for Argentina, all during 1997. He was picked for the squad at that year's Copa América and made his debut in the continental tournament against Ecuador in the group stage.[15]

Coaching career[edit]

Pellegrino as Southampton manager in 2017

After retiring in June 2006, Pellegrino stayed connected with Valencia, coaching its Cadete-B (youth team). Two years later he decided to return to Liverpool, who still had Benítez in charge, as first-team coach,[16] a position in which he remained until the middle of 2010 as the pair moved to Inter Milan.[17]

In December 2010, as Benítez resigned from his post, Pellegrino was also dismissed.[18] On 7 May 2012 he was appointed at former club Valencia, signing for two years as a replacement for Unai Emery who left at the end of the season.[19]

On 1 December 2012, following a 2–5 home loss against Real Sociedad which left the side in 12th place, Pellegrino was relieved of his duties.[20] He subsequently returned to his country, signing with Estudiantes de La Plata.[21]

On 14 April 2015, Pellegrino was sacked by president Juan Sebastián Verón.[22] In June, he was appointed at fellow league team Club Atlético Independiente.[23]

Pellegrino returned to Alavés on 26 June 2016, being named José Bordalás's successor as the club had just been promoted to the top flight.[24] In his first season he qualified the team for the final of the Copa del Rey for the first time ever, after a 1–0 aggregate defeat of RC Celta de Vigo;[25] in the decisive match, played in Madrid, they lost 3–1 to Barcelona.[26]

On 23 June 2017, Pellegrino was appointed manager of Southampton on a three-year contract.[27][28] He was dismissed the following 12 March, with the team at risk of relegation after winning one of their last 17 matches.[29]

Pellegrino returned to the Spanish top division on 2 June 2018, signing a one-year deal with CD Leganés.[30] In October 2019, as the side was last in the standings with only two points, he left by mutual consent.[31]

On 16 April 2020, Pellegrino replaced Gabriel Heinze at the helm of Vélez Sarsfield and agreed to a contract until June 2021.[32]

Managerial statistics[edit]

As of match played 1 December 2020[33]
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team From To Record Ref.
G W D L Win %
Valencia 4 June 2012 1 December 2012 21 10 4 7 047.62 [34]
Estudiantes 5 April 2013 14 April 2015 98 40 31 27 040.82
Independiente 4 June 2015 10 May 2016 41 21 13 7 051.22
Alavés 26 June 2016 29 May 2017 47 18 17 12 038.30 [35]
Southampton 23 June 2017 12 March 2018 35 9 13 13 025.71
Leganés 2 June 2018 21 October 2019 51 13 15 23 025.49 [36]
Vélez Sarsfield 17 April 2020 Present 9 4 4 1 044.44
Career total 302 115 97 90 038.08



Vélez Sarsfield






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  25. ^ Egea, Pablo (8 February 2017). "La noche más gloriosa" [The most glorious night]. Marca (in Spanish). Retrieved 9 February 2017.
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