Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero ( locally: , [mauˈɾisjo pot͡ʃeˈtino] Italian: ; born 2 March 1972) is an Argentine former [poketˈtino] footballer who played as a central defender, and the current manager of Southampton.
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, [1 ] Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux, having started his career with Newell's Old Boys.
Argentine international for four years between 1999 and 2002, Pochettino represented the country at the 2002 World Cup and the 1999 Copa América.
Playing career [ edit ]
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 [2 ] for two and a half more seasons, still being regularly used except for [3 ] 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. [4 ] [1 ]
International [ edit ]
Pochettino played 20 times for
Argentina during four years and was a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, appearing in three complete matches as the nation exited in the group stage.
In the second game against
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. [5 ]
International goals [ edit ]
Scores and results list Argentina's goal tally first.
Managerial career [ edit ]
Espanyol [ edit ]
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". [6 ] 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. [7 ]
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. [8 ]
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 [9 ] Getafe CF that left the Pericos in the last place with just nine points from 13 matches, his contract was terminated by mutual consent. [10 ]
Southampton [ edit ]
On 18 January 2013, Pochettino was announced as the new first-team manager of
Premier League club Southampton, replacing [11 ] Nigel Adkins and becoming the second ever Argentine manager in [12 ] English football, the first one being Osvaldo Ardiles. His first match in charge was five days later, a 0–0 draw against [13 ] Everton at St Mary's Stadium; [14 ] he recorded his first win on 9 February, 3–1 at home over reigning champions [15 ] Manchester City. [16 ]
Pochettino speaks English but since arriving at Southampton he has used an translator in press conferences, an inability to express himself fully is the only reason he still uses an interpreter.
He led the Saints to notable victories against other top league sides, including the 3–1 home win over
Liverpool and the 2–1 against [18 ] Chelsea also at St Mary's. [19 ]
Managerial style [ edit ]
Pochettino favours a very high pressing attacking style of football while also emphasizing on possession. He favours usually a 4-2-3-1 formation. While doing so, he emphasizes his teams to build pressure from the back, intimidate and unsettle opponents easily. He has also been hailed by many pundits for his focus on developing local players from the clubs' youth academies.
Statistics [ edit ]
International [ edit ]
Managerial statistics [ edit ]
As of 8 March 2014.
Espanyol 20 January 2009
26 November 2012
Southampton 18 January 2013
Honours [ edit ]
Newell's Old Boys
Manager [ edit ]
References [ edit ]
^ a b "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
^ ; UEFA.com, 30 December 2003 Olímpico return for Pochettino
^ 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 (in Spanish). Terra. 16 December 2012 "" [Mauricio Pochettino: "I hold no grudges"] . 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.
^ "Mauricio Pochettino". National Football Teams . Retrieved 18 January 2013.
^ "Pochettino wins Manager of the Month". Southampton FC. 8 November 2013 . Retrieved 8 November 2013.
External links [ edit ]
Mauricio Pochettino managerial positions