Mauricio Pochettino Biography
Mauricio Pochettino is an Argentine former footballer who played as a centre back. He is the outgoing manager of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur.
His full name is Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero. He spent 18 years as a professional player, ten of which he was in La Liga with Espanyol where he scored 13 goals in 275 games. He played in France for Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux having started his career with Newell’s Old Boy.
Pochettino also represented the country at the 2002 FIFA World Cup and the 1999 Copa América. Pochettino began his managerial career at Espanyol in January 2009 where he remained in the post for nearly four years.
In the Premier League, he first managed Southampton followed by Tottenham Hotspur. While at Tottenham, he led them to the third position in the 2015–16 season and second in 2016–17 season which was their best finishes in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino Player
Newell’s Old Boys
Pochettino was born in Murphy, Santa Fe of Italian descent. His first introduction to football was the 1978 FIFA World Cup which he watched with his father Héctor at a local club. In 1987, he moved to Newell’s Old Boys, after being scouted by José Griffa and his future manager Marcelo Bielsa at age 14. He made his debut in the Primera División in 1988.
Pochettino won the 1990–91 national championship as well as the 1992 Clausura, during his five-year tenure. Bielsa eventually became Newell’s manager during this time. His coaching methods and philosophy a significant impact on the young player. The team reached the final of the Copa Libertadores where he scored a crucial goal away to Colombian champions América de Cali in the semi-final.
Pochettino then moved to RCD Espanyol in Spain for the 1994–95 season t the age of 22, as part of the intake of players accompanying the Catalans upon their return to La Liga. During his six-and-a-half years at the club, he established himself as an automatic first-team starter helping the club to the 2000 Copa del Rey conquest. By then, he had a reputation as a tough, uncompromising central defender.
Late January 2001, Pochettino signed for Paris Saint-Germain FC. He was a regular starter during his stay and he moved to fellow Ligue 1 side FC Girondins de Bordeaux for the 2003–04 season. He later returned to Espanyol initially on loan before the move was made permanent midway through his first year. Pochettino continued to play for two-and-a-half more seasons and ended his career at age 34 with another domestic cup victory.
Mauricio Pochettino played for Argentina under-23 team at the CONMEBOL Men Pre-Olympic Tournament in Paraguay in 1992. They, however, failed to qualify for the 1992 Summer Olympics. He was a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, appearing in three complete matches as the nation exited in the group stage.
During the second group stage game, against England, Pochettino’s most newsworthy contribution to the tournament happened. This is when Italian referee Pierluigi Collina awarded Argentina’s opponents a penalty after the defender brought down Michael Owen in the box. David Beckham took the resulting kick which was the match’s only goal.
Mauricio Pochettino Coaching Career
Pochettino became Espanyol’s third coach in late January 2009, with the team being third from bottom of the table. He had a great task to save them from relegation. He had just recently completed his UEFA Pro Licence and had spent a short spell as the assistant manager to the ladies’ team but was otherwise untested as a coach.
His first match was at home with neighboring FC Barcelona, managed by Pep Guardiola, in the Spanish Cup. His players were reluctant and only availed themselves of two training sessions prior to the game. Despite all that, his system of high pressing and one-on-one defensive cover yielded an unexpected 0–0 draw.
The team finished the season comfortably mid-table with their most significant result being a 2–1 victory in the league derby against Barcelona. That win was their first in the competition at the Camp Nou for 27 years on 28 September 2010. He agreed to a one-year extension at the Estadi Cornellà-El Prat which ran until 30 June 2012 and in May the following year further renewed his contract until 2014.
However, on 26 November 2012, following a 0–2 home loss against Getafe CF that left the team in the last place with just nine points from 13 matches and with the manager complaining about the financial restrictions being placed upon him, his contract was terminated by mutual consent at the end of that month. Pochettino’s work had drew praise from commentators despite the lowly league position. He was beginning to display the characteristics that would inform his coaching at his other clubs.
Pochettino was announced as the team manager of Premier League club Southampton on 18 January 2013. He was replacing Nigel Adkins, becoming the second Argentine manager in English football after Osvaldo Ardiles.
His first match in charge was five days later, which he registered a 0–0 draw against Everton at St Mary’s Stadium. On 9 February He recorded his first win, 3–1 at home over reigning champions Manchester City.
He led the Saints to notable victories against other top league clubs including a 3–1 home win over Liverpool and a 2–1 success against Chelsea also at St Mary’s. Pochettino, in his first full season at Southampton, led the team to an eighth-place finish, their highest league position since 2002–03. They also recorded recording their highest points tally since the Premier League began in 1992–93.
Pochettino was appointed head coach of Tottenham Hotspur on 27 May 2014, on a five-year contract. He became their tenth manager over a 12-year span. The following 28 January, the team reached the final of the League Cup following a 3–2 aggregate win over Sheffield United but were beaten 2–0 by Chelsea in the decisive game at Wembley Stadium.
In the domestic league, Pochettino’s first season was generally successful. The team ended in fifth-place finish. They also had a conversion of several young academy players into regular first-team players.
One of those graduates was Harry Kane, whom he put as starting striker at the expense of Spanish international Roberto Soldado. This gamble paid off as Kane and his teammates Dele Alli and Eric Dier were touted as the potential basis for the England squad at UEFA Euro 2016.
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Tottenham was contesting to win the 2015-16 but on 2 May 2016, they drew 2–2 against Chelsea, handing the title to Leicester City. They nevertheless ended the season with their highest league finish since 1990. On 12 May 2016, Pochettino extended his contract till 2021.
Spurs began the 2016-17 season with a series of 12 unbeaten league matches that ended with a defeat away to Chelsea in late November. In 2017 Spurs won the North London derby. Spurs were unable to get past Chelsea’s lead in the league table. They finished the season in second place with 86 points, their highest ever points tally since the Premier League began.
This is Tottenham’s highest ranking in 54 years since the 1962–63 season. They also achieved their first unbeaten home run in 52 years since the 1964–65 season. Pochettino signed a new five-year contract to keep him at White Hart Lane until 2023 on 24 May 2018.
Pochettino got fired from Tottenham Hotspur on November 19, 2019 after serving as its manager for five and a half years. He was replaced by José Mourinho.
Mauricio Pochettino Age
Pochettino was born on 2nd March 1972, in Murphy, Argentina.
Mauricio Pochettino Family
Mauricio was born in Murphy Argentina. His parents are Amalia Pochettino and Hector Pochettino. His father Hector, worked at an automobile repair shop to support the family. Mauricio has two siblings with whom he spent the most of his childhood in Murphy.
Mauricio Pochettino Wife
Karina Pochettino formerly known as Karina Grippaldi is Mauricio’s wife. The two have been married since 1994. The couple has two sons; a 23-year-old Sebastiano and a 17-year-old Maurizio who was born in Barcelona. Karina is Pochettino’s fiercest critic as confirmed by Spur’s boss.
Sebastiano Pochettino is the son of the Spurs manager; Mauricio. The 23-year old is the youngest first-team sports scientist in the Premier League. He is a prominent figure during Spurs training.
Sebastiano was a student at Southampton Solent University, where he was studying Sports and Exercise. The course involved components in Strength & Conditioning, Exercise Physiology, Biomechanics, Sports Psychology, and Performance Analysis.
In July 2016 he was employed as Spurs’ first-team sports science assistant. He was later promoted to first-team sports scientist in June 2017. Sebastiano’s younger brother, 15-year-old Maurizio, is in Spurs’ Academy.
Mauricio Pochettino Body Measurements
- Height: 6 feet (182 cm)
- Weight: 81 kg (178 lb)
- Shoe Size: Not Available
- Body Type: Athletic
- Hair Colour: Brown
- Eye Colour: Brown
Mauricio Pochettino Salary
Pochettino was earning £8.5 million a year making him the fourth best-paid manager in the Premier League.
Mauricio Pochettino Net Worth
Pochettino has an estimated net worth of around $12 million.
Mauricio Pochettino Teams Coached
- RCD Espanyol de Barcelona (2009-2012)
- Southampton F.C. (2013-2014)
- Tottenham Hotspur F.C. (2014-2019)
Frequently Asked Questions About Mauricio Pochettino
Who is Mauricio Pochettino?
Pochettino is an Argentine coach and former footballer.
How old is Mauricio Pochettino?
Mauricio is 47 years old as of 2019. He was born on 2 March 1972.
How tall is Mauricio Pochettino?
Mauricio stands at a height of 6 feet.
Is Mauricio Pochettino married?
Mauricio is married. His wife is known as Karina Pochettino.
How much is Mauricio Pochettino worth?
Mauricio has an estimated net worth of around $12 million.
How much does Mauricio Pochettino make?
Pochettino was earning £8.5 million a year making him the fourth best-paid manager in the Premier League.
Where does Mauricio Pochettino live?
Mauricio’s place of residence is not yet known. This information will be provided as soon as it is available.
Is Mauricio Pochettino dead or alive?
Mauricio is still alive and in good health.
Where is Mauricio pochettino now?
Since being getting fired at Tottenham, it is not known what his other move is. We will have to wait and see where he heads next.
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