- José Pekerman
Football player infobox
playername = José Pekerman
fullname = José Néstor Pekerman
dateofbirth = birth date and age|1949|9|3
height = height|m=1.78
weight = 65kg
position = Midfielder Right
youthyears = ?
years = 1970-1974
Argentinos Juniors Independiente Medellín
caps(goals) = 134 (12)
manageryears = 1981-1982 1982-1992 1992-1994 1994-2001 2003 2004-2006 2007-2008
Chacarita Juniors(youth) Argentinos Juniors(youth) Colo-Colo(youth) Argentina under-20 Club Deportivo Leganés(Director of Football) Argentina Club Toluca
ntupdate = 25 November 2006
José Néstor Pekerman (born
September 3, 1949in Villa Domínguez, Entre Ríos) is an Argentine football coach, currently with Club Tolucaof Mexico. He is arguably the all-time most successful football coach of young teams, having won the FIFA World Youth Championshipthree times (1995, 1997 and 2001), and the South American Youth Championship(U20) twice (1997 and 1999). He coached the Argentina national football teamin the 2006 World Cup.
Career as a player
Pekerman's career as a footballer was uneventful. A
midfielder, he played from 1970 to 1974 for Argentinos Juniorsscoring 12 goals in 134 matches. He was transferred to Independiente Medellín, in Colombia, where he scored 15 goals in 101 matches.
His career as a player ended at age 28 with a serious knee injury. Pekerman was then forced to support himself and his family with various odd jobs, including a stint as a taxi driver.
Back in Argentina, he worked as a youth coach for
Chacarita Juniorsand then occupied the same position with Argentinos Juniors. He then moved to Chileto coach Colo-Colo's youth divisions.
1994, he was offered to coach the Argentinian national under-20 and under-17 sides by the Argentine Football Association. This caused some surprise as his résumédid not include any major achievements at this stage. He teamed up with Hugo Tocalliand coach Eduardo Urtasun.
Pekerman's success, however, silenced the critics: his under-20 team won the
FIFA World Youth Championshipthree times, 1995 ( Qatar), 1997 ( Malaysia), and 2001 (Argentina), thus giving the names to his three pet dogs - Qatar, Malaysia and Argentina. The team also won the two South American Youth Championships in 1997 and 1999.
When the national coach
Daniel Passarellaresigned after the 1998 FIFA World Cup, Pekerman was offered his position. He declined, assuming instead the position of "General Manager" of all national teams. Marcelo Bielsawas hired as coach on Pekerman's recommendation, and remained in charge until after Argentina's gold medal performance in the 2004 Summer Olympics.
In 2003 Pekerman moved to
Spainat the behest of Argentine businessman Daniel Grinbank, who had acquired Spanish Second Divisionside Club Deportivo Leganés. After a few months as Director of Football, the project crumbled, and Pekerman left Spain.
When Bielsa resigned as coach, Pekerman was one of the two candidates for the coaching job, alongside
Carlos Bianchi, who had left Boca Juniorsa few months earlier, and wanted to take a sabbatical yearaway from football.
World Cup 2006
September 15 2004, Pekerman was named coach of the Argentina national football team, which qualified for the 2006 FIFA World Cup. They dominated its initial Group Stage matches and drew with the Netherlands, emerging on top of their group on goals difference. The "albicelestes" moved on to the knockout round, beating Mexico 2-1 in a comeback victory.
In the quarterfinals however, Argentina was eliminated by Germany in a penalty kick shoot-out 4-2, after regulation and extra time ended in a 1-1 draw. Controversy surrounded Pekerman's decision to bench playmaker
Juan Román Riquelmeafter gaining a 1-0 lead at the second half, and following it by unexpectedly substituting Hernán Crespowith Julio Cruz instead of fielding in strikers Javier Saviolaor Lionel Messi.
After the loss, Pekerman announced his resignation as Argentine national football coach. AFA boss
Julio Grondonatried to dissuade Pekerman from leaving. It was later announced that Alfio Basile, who coached Argentina during the 1994 FIFA World Cup, would replace him as coach. Pekerman has signed a contract to be the new head coach of the mexican team Toluca.
On May 30, 2007, Pekerman was named the head coach of
Club Tolucaof Mexico replacing fellow Argentine Americo Gallego.He has now left the club and been replaced by Jose Manuel de la Torre.
Before the World Cup began, Pekerman made controversial decisions of dropping veteran defenders
Javier Zanettiand Walter Samuel. When Argentina was eliminated by Germany in the quarterfinal, his substitution decision caused storms of criticism, as well. Despite the dramatic loss, Pekerman was still hailed by many fans and press as a very effective coach and the "Pekerman Era" is regarded as one that brought a lot of pride to the country. His team lost its temper after the elimination and started a huge brawl, which was believed to be one of the major factors that caused his resignation.
Below is a summary of Pekerman's coaching career through the years:
Chacarita Juniors( Argentina) - Youth team coach (1982)
Argentinos Juniors( Argentina) - Youth team coach (1982-1992)
Colo-Colo( Chile) - Youth team coach (1992-1994)
* Argentina - National youth team coach (1994-2001)
* Leganés (
Spain) - Director of Football (2003)
Argentina national football team(2004-2006)
Club Tolucaof Mexico (2007-2008)
Pekerman's grandparents immigrated from the
Ukraineand settled in the Jewishcolonies of Entre Rios province [http://www.delacole.com/cgi-bin/medios/vernota.cgi?medio=comunidades&numero=396¬a=396-18] .
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