Ricardo Caruso Lombardi
|Full name||Ricardo Daniel Caruso Lombardi|
|Date of birth||February 10, 1962|
|Place of birth||Buenos Aires, Argentina|
|Height||1.66 m (5 ft 5 in)|
|San Martín Tucumán (Manager)|
|1990–1992||Defensores de Belgrano||10||(0)|
|1994–1995||Defensores de Belgrano|
|2007–2008||Newell's Old Boys|
|2015||Arsenal de Sarandí|
|2019–||San Martín Tucumán|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Ricardo Daniel Caruso Lombardi (born 10 February 1962 in Buenos Aires) is an Argentine football manager, currently in charge off San Martín Tucumán, and former footballer. He is best known for saving teams from being relegated to second division.
Lombardi started his playing career with Argentinos Juniors in 1981. His career was then mostly in the lower leagues of Argentine football apart from 1984 when he played a single season for Club Atlético Atlanta in the Primera Division.
After retirement, Caruso Lombardi took up coaching, initially in lower league teams. In the 1995–96 season, he won the Primera B Metropolitana (third division) with Sportivo Italiano, and in the 2004–05 he won it again with Tigre.
Caruso Lombardi was then in charge of Argentinos Juniors, until resigning five games into the 2007 Apertura tournament, despite his team's 3–2 win over Boca Juniors only three weeks previously. He was then hired by Newell's Old Boys, with which he obtained his second victory over Boca in the same 2007 Apertura tournament, beating them 1–0.
On 24 February 2009, Caruso Lombardi became Racing Club's head coach, signing a two-year contract. He helped Racing avoid relegation in his first season; however, he resigned on October 2009, after coaching 11 games without a win in the Apertura tournament. After three years, on 17 December 2009, the coach returned to Tigre, replacing Diego Cagna.
Caruso Lombardi has a preference towards using physically tall footballers on all the positions of the field. In 2010, while coaching Tigre, he was accused by one of his players (Juan Camilo Angulo) of requesting a bribe to put him on the first team. The coach denied the truth of the accusations.
On 8 March 2011, Caruso Lombardi was appointed as head coach of Quilmes, with the club languishing at the bottom of the table and fighting relegation. It is expected that he would remain in that role until his contract expired in June 2012. After a successful spell at Quilmes, during the night of 3 April of the next season, he signed a contract with San Lorenzo de Almagro, replacing Leonardo Madelón in the charge, after their bad results.
- Primera B: 1985–1986
- Primera B Metropolitana: 1995–1996
- Primera B Metropolitana: 2004–2005
- "Un 9 de alta costura". Olé (in Spanish). 2009-06-10. Retrieved 2010-07-04.
- Federico Reyes da Roza (2010-12-04). "Caruso contraataca: juicio a sus acusadores". Clarín (in Spanish). Retrieved 2010-12-04.
- "El Quilmes de Caruso ya está en marcha" (in Spanish). Club official website. 2011-03-08. Archived from the original on 2011-03-12. Retrieved 2011-03-10.
- "Ricardo Caruso Lombardi se convirtió en el nuevo entrenador de San Lorenzo" (in Spanish). Emol.cl. 2012-04-03. Retrieved 2013-04-04.
- Caruso Lombardi es el nuevo técnico de San Martín, lagaceta.com.ar, 26 February 2019