Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino
Mauricio Pochettino
Pochettino at Pepín Valls Stadium in Castellar del Vallès
Personal information
Full name Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero
Date of birth 2 March 1972 (1972-03-02) (age 39)
Place of birth Murphy, Argentina
Height 1.82 m (6 ft 0 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current club Espanyol (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1994 Newell's Old Boys 153 (8)
1994–2000 Espanyol 216 (11)
2001–2003 Paris SG 70 (4)
2003 Bordeaux 11 (1)
2004–2006 Espanyol 59 (2)
Total 509 (26)
National team
1998–2002 Argentina 20 (2)
Teams managed
2009– Espanyol
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero (born 2 March 1972 in Murphy, Santa Fe) is a retired Argentine footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of RCD Espanyol.


Club career

Pochettino started his professional career with Newell's Old Boys, moving to RCD Espanyol in Spain in 1994–95, as the Catalans had just returned to La Liga. He was an undisputed starter in his six 1/2 season spell, helping the club to the 2000 Spanish Cup.

In January 2001, Pochettino moved to Paris Saint-Germain FC: he was also a regular starter during his stay, and moved for 2003–04 to fellow league outfit FC Girondins de Bordeaux. However, he returned to Espanyol (initially on loan[1]) midway through his first year[2] for two 1/2 more seasons, still being regularly used except for his last one, and wrapping up his career, aged 34, with another King's Cup.[3] In his two spells combined, he appeared in nearly 300 official matches for the club.

In late January 2009, Pochettino became Espanyol's third coach in 2008–09, with the side then ranking third from bottom,[4] but eventually finishing the season comfortably placed (10th), after the coach inclusively asked for "divine intervention".[5] He coached nine club players who were his teammates during his last season and, in early June, renewed his link for a further three years.

In the 2009–10 season, 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.

On 28 September 2010, he extended his contract with the club for one more year, until 30 June 2012.[6]

International career

Pochettino played for Argentina 20 times during four years, and was a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, playing three complete matches as the nation exited in the group stage.

In the second match against England, he brought down Michael Owen in the box. The resulting penalty was converted by David Beckham, for the game's only goal.[7]


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