Pochettino as a coach of Espanyol in 2012
|Full name||Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero|
|Date of birth||2 March 1972|
|Place of birth||Murphy, Argentina|
|Height||1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)|
|Playing position||Centre back|
|Tottenham Hotspur (manager)|
|Newell's Old Boys|
|1989–1994||Newell's Old Boys||153||(8)|
|2004||→ Espanyol (loan)||21||(1)|
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero (Spanish pronunciation: [mauˈɾisjo potʃeˈtino tɾoˈseɾo], Italian: [poketˈtino]; born 2 March 1972) is a retired Argentine footballer who played as a central defender, and is the current head coach of Tottenham Hotspur.
He spent 17 years as a professional player, 10 of which were in La Liga with Espanyol where he scored 13 goals in 275 games. He also played in France for two clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux, having started his career with Newell's Old Boys.
Born in Murphy, Santa Fe, Pochettino started his professional career with Newell's Old Boys, moving to RCD Espanyol in Spain for the 1994–95 season as the Catalans had just returned to La Liga. He was an undisputed starter in his six and-a-half years stay, helping the club to the 2000 conquest of the Copa del Rey.
In January 2001, Pochettino signed for Paris Saint-Germain. He was also a regular starter during his stay, and moved for the 2003–04 campaign to fellow Ligue 1 outfit FC Girondins de Bordeaux. However, he returned to Espanyol (initially on loan) midway through his first year for two and a half more seasons, still being regularly used except for his last one, and wrapping up his career at the age of 34 with another domestic cup. In his two combined spells at Espanyol, he appeared in nearly 300 official games for the club.
In the second game against fierce rivals England, Italian referee Pierluigi Collina saw him bring down Michael Owen in the box: the resulting penalty was converted by David Beckham for the game's only goal.
- Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
|1.||17 November 1999||La Cartuja, Seville, Spain||Spain||2–0||2–0||Friendly|
|2.||7 October 2001||Defensores del Chaco, Asunción, Paraguay||Paraguay||1–1||2–2||2002 World Cup qualification|
In late January 2009, Pochettino became Espanyol's third coach in the 2008–09 season, with the side ranking third from bottom but eventually finishing comfortably placed (10th), after the coach inclusively asked for "divine intervention". He coached nine club players who were his teammates during his last year and, in early June, renewed his link for a further three years.
In the 2009–10 campaign Pochettino once again led Espanyol to a comfortable league position, in a campaign where club symbol (and his former teammate) Raúl Tamudo fell completely out of favour in the squad's rotation, even more after the January 2010 arrival of manager compatriot Pablo Osvaldo.
On 28 September 2010, Pochettino extended his contract with the club for one more year, until 30 June 2012. On 26 November 2012, however, following a 0–2 home loss against Getafe CF that left the Pericos in the last place with just nine points from 13 matches, his contract was terminated by mutual consent.
On 18 January 2013, Pochettino was announced as the new first-team manager of Premier League club Southampton, replacing Nigel Adkins and becoming the second Argentine manager in English football, after Osvaldo Ardiles. His first match in charge was five days later, a 0–0 draw against Everton at St Mary's Stadium; he recorded his first win on 9 February, 3–1 at home over reigning champions Manchester City.
Pochettino speaks English but since arriving at Southampton he has used a translator in press conferences. An inability to express himself fully is the only reason he still uses an interpreter.
On 27 May 2014, he was appointed head coach of Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract. He left Southampton after 18 months at the club, becoming Spurs' tenth manager over a twelve year span. On 28 Jan 2015, Tottenham reached the Capital One Cup final following a 3-2 aggregate win over Sheffield United, only to be beaten 2-0 by Chelsea FC in the final at Wembley.
Pochettino favours a very high-pressing, attacking style of football. He has often employed a 4–2–3–1 formation at the clubs he's managed. While doing so, he instructs his team to build from the back, intimidate and unsettle opponents with a quick press system, and work the ball into the box. Pochettino's team selection tends to include quick players with excellent stamina, likely due to those players having the attributes to excel in a high press system. He has also been hailed by many pundits for his focus on developing local players from the clubs' youth academies.
|Newell's Old Boys||1988–89||4||0||–||–||–||4||0|
|Argentina national team|
- As of 22 November 2015
|Espanyol||20 January 2009||26 November 2012||161||53||38||70||32.92|
|Southampton||18 January 2013||27 May 2014||60||23||18||19||38.33|
|Tottenham Hotspur||27 May 2014||Present||75||37||19||19||49.33|
- Newell's Old Boys
- "Adiós y muchas gracias" [Farewell and many thanks] (in Spanish). ESPN FC. 7 June 2006. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- Pochettino bounces back again; UEFA.com, 22 June 2004
- Olímpico return for Pochettino; UEFA.com, 30 December 2003
- Espanyol's Pochettino calls it quits; UEFA.com, 8 June 2006
- Owen and Butt lead the charge; BBC Sport, 7 June 2002
- Pochettino replaces luckless Mané at Espanyol; UEFA.com, 20 January 2009
- It's the Sids 2009! The complete review of La Liga season; The Guardian, 8 June 2009
- "Mauricio Pochettino: "No guardo rencor a nadie"" [Mauricio Pochettino: "I hold no grudges"] (in Spanish). Terra. 16 December 2012. Retrieved 19 January 2013.
- "El Espanyol renueva a Pochettino" [Espanyol renews Pochettino] (in Spanish). Marca. 28 September 2010. Retrieved 28 September 2010.
- "Pochettino leaves RCD Espanyol". Espanyol's official website. 26 November 2012. Retrieved 26 November 2012.
- "New first team manager appointed". Southampton F.C. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Adkins sacked as Southampton boss". BBC Sport. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "In the Mourinho mould: Pochettino's exciting brand of football will have Southampton fans purring". Goal.com. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 11 February 2013.
- "Southampton 0–0 Everton". BBC Sport. 21 January 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2013.
- Hassan, Nabil (21 January 2013). "Mauricio Pochettino impresses on tough Southampton debut". BBC Sport. Retrieved 22 January 2013.
- Bevan, Chris (9 February 2013). "Southampton 3–1 Manchester City". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- "Pochettino sticking with translator". Irish Independent. 13 December 2013. Retrieved 13 December 2013.
- Sanghera, Mandeep (16 March 2013). "Southampton 3–1 Liverpool". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2013.
- Johnston, Neil (30 March 2013). "Southampton 2–1 Chelsea". BBC Sport. Retrieved 24 May 2013. In his first full season at the club Pochettino was able to equal Southampton's greatest ever Premier League finish of 8th, while also surpassing their highest ever points tally in the process."Southampton's strides under Mauricio Pochettino shown by record Premier League points tally as Rickie Lambert strikes late at Swansea". Daily Mail. 4 May 2014. Retrieved 4 May 2014.
- "Mauricio Pochettino: Tottenham appoint Southampton boss". BBC Sport. Retrieved 27 May 2014.
- 2015 Football League Cup Final
- "In Profile – Mauricio Pochettino". Southampton FC. 18 January 2013. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
- Figuera, Sophie (January 2014). "The reign of Mauricio Pochettino - One year on". www.givemesport.com. Retrieved 12 April 2014.
- "Mauricio Pochettino". National Football Teams. Retrieved 18 January 2013.
- "Managers: Mauricio Pochettino". Soccerbase. Retrieved 10 January 2015.
- "Pochettino wins Manager of the Month". Southampton FC. 8 November 2013. Retrieved 8 November 2013.
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