Lionel Scaloni was born 16 May 1978 is an Argentine retired footballer and is the manager of the Argentina national team.
A player of wide range, he played as a right-back or right midfielder.
He spent most of his professional career with Deportivo in Spain, amassing totals of 258 games and 15 goals over 12 seasons in La Liga with three teams. He also spent several years in Italy, with Lazio and Atalanta.
Scaloni won seven caps for Argentina between 2003 and 2006 and was part of their 2006 World Cup squad.
Lionel Scaloni career
Early years / Deportivo
Born in Rosario, Santa Fe, Scaloni began his career in the Argentine Primera División with local club Newell’s Old Boys and then Estudiantes de La Plata, before joining Spain’s Deportivo de La Coruña in March 1998 for 405 million pesetas.
Regularly used with the Galicians over an eight-and-a-half-year stint, he competed with Manuel Pablo and Víctor for both starting spots on the right flank. However, due to injury, he only appeared in 14 La Liga matches as Depor managed its first league title.
After falling out with manager Joaquín Caparrós, Scaloni joined Premier League club West Ham United on loan on 31 January 2006, the final day of the transfer window, in an attempt to increase his chance of selection for the upcoming World Cup. He took the number 2 shirt from the departed Tomáš Řepka, and made his league debut for the East London club against Sunderland, on 4 February. He also helped the team reach the FA Cup final, a penalty shootout loss to Liverpool.
Lionel Scaloni Racing Santander
Scaloni left West Ham after a permanent move could not be agreed upon. Deportivo released him on 1 September 2006 alongside Diego Tristán, one day after the close of the summer transfer window.
However, due to the fact, there were no limitations for free agents, two weeks later Scaloni signed a one-year contract at Racing de Santander, The Cantabrians subsequently finished in mid-table. He appeared – and started – in both games against his former club, both ending in 0–0 draws.
On 30 June 2007, Scaloni moved to S.S. Lazio in Italy’s Serie A on a five-year deal. In January of the following year, he returned to Spain, on loan to RCD Mallorca for 18 months. He subsequently returned to Lazio where he was rarely used in the following three seasons.
Aged nearly 35, Scaloni joined Atalanta B.C. in January 2013. He was released at the end of the season but re-signed after he failed to find a new club.
After making his debut for Argentina on 30 April 2003 in a friendly match with Libya, Scaloni was a surprise selection for the 2006 FIFA World Cup, taking the place of veteran Javier Zanetti who also appeared as a right-wingback. His only appearance of the tournament was playing the full 120 minutes in the 2–1 extra time round of 16 wins against Mexico on 24 June 2006, at the Zentralstadion.
On 11 October 2016, he joined compatriot Jorge Sampaoli’s coaching staff at Sevilla FC.
In June 2017, when Sampaoli was appointed as the new national team boss, Scaloni was again named his assistant. One year later, after the country’s failure at the World Cup in Russia, he and Pablo Aimar were named caretaker managers until the end of the year; in November 2018, Scaloni was confirmed in the post until June 2019, when the 2019 Copa América is due to take place.
Lionel Scaloni Personal life
Scaloni’s older brother, Mauro, also belonged to Deportivo but never made it beyond its reserve team.
In April 2019 he was run over while cycling in Calvià. Some media initially reported him to be in serious condition, but he was discharged a few hours later.
Lionel Scaloni Career statistics
As of match played 24 June 2006.
Argentina national team
Year Apps Goals
2003 1 0
2004 1 0
2005 3 0
2006 2 0
Total 7 0
As of match played 23 June 2019
Managerial record by team and tenure
Team Nat From To Record Ref
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Argentina Argentina 3 August 2018 present 12 7 2 3 21 8 +13 58.33
Career total 12 7 2 3 21 8 +13 58.33 —
— Lionel Scaloni (@lioscaloni) June 10, 2019
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