Rubén Cousillas

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Rubén Cousillas
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Cousillas as Manchester City coach in 2016
Personal information
Full name Rubén Cousillas Fuse
Date of birth (1957-05-19) 19 May 1957 (age 60)
Place of birth Roque Pérez, Argentina
Playing position Goalkeeper
Youth career
1973–1977 San Lorenzo
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1987 San Lorenzo 117 (0)
???? Millonarios ? (0)
???? Mandiyú ? (0)
1989–1990 Vélez Sarsfield ? (0)
1990–1991 Argentinos Juniors ? (0)
1991 Huachipato ? (0)
Total 117+ (0)
Teams managed
1998–2002 San Lorenzo (assistant)
2002–2003 River Plate (assistant)
2004–2009 Villarreal (assistant)
2009–2010 Real Madrid (assistant)
2010–2013 Málaga (assistant)
2013–2016 Manchester City (co-assistant)
2016– Hebei China Fortune (co-assistant)
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Rubén Cousillas Fuse[1] (born 9 May 1957 in Roque Pérez) is an Argentinian football assistant manager and former player, who is assistant manager at Hebei China Fortune to Manuel Pellegrini.

Playing career[edit]

Cousillas started his career at San Lorenzo de Almagro with whom he won promotion to Primera División del Fútbol Argentino in the year 1982. In addition, he also played for Millonarios Fútbol Club in Bogota, with which he won three Colombian titles.[citation needed] He also played for Vélez Sársfield, Club Deportivo Mandiyú and Argentinos Juniors as well as Huachipato, where he ended his playing career.

Management and coaching career[edit]

Cousillas began his career as a coach for Talleres de Córdoba, before moving on to Argentinos Juniors, where he worked under Chiche Sosa.

In 1998, Cousillas returned to his former playing club San Lorenzo, to become assistant to Oscar Ruggeri. When Ruggeri was replaced by Manuel Pellegrini, Cousillas struck a great working partnership with the Chilean, and followed him to River Plate, Villareal, Real Madrid and Málaga.

On 14 June 2013, it was announced that Cousillas would be joining Manuel Pellegrini at Manchester City as co-assistant, alongside Brian Kidd.[2]

Ruben took caretaker charge of Manchester City in their 2-1 UEFA Champions League defeat to FC Barcelona due to manager Manuel Pellegrini having a 3 match UEFA ban for criticizing the referee in the first leg.

When Pellegrini left Manchester City in June 2016 on the expiry of his contract, Ruben also left along with the remainder of Pellegrini's staff (not including Brian Kidd).

Personal life[edit]

Cousillas' son, Agustín, is also a footballer and a goalkeeper. Kusin till Pellegrini.



Primera División B. 1987 & 1988


Primera B Nacional 1997/98 with Talleres de Córdoba.

Argentine Primera División Clausura 2001 with San Lorenzo de Almagro. 2001 Copa Mercosur with San Lorenzo de Almagro

Argentine Primera División Clausura 2003 with River Plate. 2003 Copa Sudamericana Runner-Up with River Plate.

2004 UEFA Intertoto Cup Joint-Winners with Villarreal CF. 2005–06 UEFA Champions League Semi-Finalist with Villarreal CF. 2007–08 La Liga Runner-Up with Villarreal CF.


  1. ^ Manchester City Web Page. "Ruben Cousillas Fuse".  External link in |website= (help);
  2. ^ "Manuel Pellegrini confirms backroom staff". MCFC. 14 June 2013. Retrieved 2013-06-14.