Omar Asad

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Omar Asad
Personal information
Full name Omar Andrés Asad
Date of birth (1971-04-09) 9 April 1971 (age 47)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 10 in)
Playing position Forward
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1992–2000 Vélez Sársfield 108 (23)
National team
1995 Argentina 2 (0)
Teams managed
2003–2009 Vélez Sársfield (youths and reserves)
2010 Godoy Cruz
2011 Emelec
2011 San Lorenzo
2012 Godoy Cruz
2013 Atlas
2016–2017 Sportivo Estudiantes
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Omar Andrés Asad (born 9 April 1971) is an Argentine football manager and former player and current coach, who played as a forward.

As a player, Asad spent all of his career in Vélez Sársfield, winning 8 titles with the club (including both the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup).

Asad is nicknamed el Turco (in English: "the Turk") because he has Syrian and Lebanese ethnicity.[1] In Argentina, Arabs are usually mistakenly called Turks since they came to the country with Ottoman Turkish documents in the 1900s.[2]

Playing career[edit]

Asad played as a striker and was characterised by being strong and quick. His first match in the Argentine Primera División came in 1992, when he played for Vélez Sársfield against Talleres de Córdoba.

He was a determinant player in Vélez' most successful years, along manager Carlos Bianchi and Paraguayan goalkeeper José Luis Chilavert. With Vélez, Asad won the Argentine Primera División title in 1993 (Clausura), and after that the Copa Libertadores and the Intercontinental Cup, where he was chosen Man of the Match after scoring the second goal against A.C. Milan. Asad later won the Apertura in 1995 and played for the Argentine national team, until he got injured in the end of that season, which stopped his progression as a player.

Coaching career[edit]

On 2 January 2010 Godoy Cruz hired Asad as coach to replace Enzo Trossero. The former forward only had coaching experience with Vélez' youth divisions and reserve team. During his first season with Godoy Cruz (2010 Clausura), Asad led the team to a surprising 3rd-place finish; and led them to a 5th place the following championship (2010 Apertura). Due to the good league finishes, Godoy Cruz qualified for the 2011 Copa Libertadores; however, the coach did not renew his contract with the team, citing economical reasons.[3]

On 23 December 2010, Ecuadorian team Emelec confirmed the signing of Omar Asad to manahadthe team for the 2011 season.[4]

On 11 May 2011, Argentine team San Lorenzo signed with him to take the manager position from June 20, 2011.[5]

On 10 June 2013 he was presented as the new coach for Mexican side Atlas. Asad had pressure on him due to the fact that former coach Tomas Boy took the team to the liguilla with a total of 32 points which gave Atlas an advantage in the relegation fight. Asad team debuted in a 3–3 draw against Club Tijuana , coming back from a 3–1 partial lost, with 2 goals from Vicente Matías Vuoso and Edson Rivera scored the equalizer. After 13 games Asad was fired in Atlas defeat 1–2 against Cruz Azul. In 13 games Asad only managed 0 wins 8 draws and 5 losses. His worst results with Atlas were both in away games a 3–0 defeat against Club America[clarification needed] and another 3–0 defeat against Chiapas F.C.



Vélez Sársfield


Vélez Sársfield

Personal life[edit]

Omar is nephew of Julio Asad, a former Vélez player of the 1960s and 1970s.[6] Son Yamil Asad is a professional footballer in the United States with MLS side DC United.

See also[edit]


  1. ^ Recopilaron casi 200 años de los sirio libaneses en Argentina Archived 2014-09-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  2. ^ Recopilaron casi 200 años de los sirio libaneses en Argentina Archived 2014-09-08 at the Wayback Machine.
  3. ^ "Omar Asad no seguirá en Godoy Cruz". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2010-12-13. Retrieved 2010-12-14. 
  4. ^ "Turco ecuatoriano". Olé (in Spanish). 2010-12-23. Retrieved 2010-12-24. 
  5. ^ "Asad asumiría en San Lorenzo el 20 de junio" [Asad will assume charge of San Lorenzo on June 20] (in Spanish). May 24, 2011. Retrieved May 24, 2011. 
  6. ^ 100 x 100 El Turco Asad", Diego Borinsky, El Gráfico, número 4398, maio de 2010, pp. 24-35

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