Gabriel Milito

Gabriel Alejandro Milito (born 7 September 1980) is an Argentine former footballer who played as a central defender, and is the current manager of Argentinos Juniors.

Gabriel Milito
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Milito coaching Estudiantes in 2015
Personal information
Full name Gabriel Alejandro Milito[1]
Date of birth (1980-09-07) 7 September 1980 (age 40)[2]
Place of birth Bernal, Argentina
Height 1.77 m (5 ft 9+12 in)[2]
Position(s) Centre back
Club information
Current team
Argentinos Juniors (manager)
Youth career
Independiente
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1997–2003 Independiente 123 (3)
2003–2007 Zaragoza 137 (5)
2007–2011 Barcelona 48 (1)
2011–2012 Independiente 31 (0)
Total 339 (9)
National team
1997 Argentina U17 4 (0)
1999 Argentina U20 2 (0)
2000–2011 Argentina 42 (1)
Teams managed
2013–2014 Independiente (reserves)
2015 Estudiantes
2016 Independiente
2017–2018 O'Higgins
2019–2020 Estudiantes
2021– Argentinos Juniors
Honours
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

He spent most of his professional career in Spain, representing Zaragoza and Barcelona. Over seven seasons, he amassed La Liga totals of 187 matches and six goals.

Milito appeared with the Argentine national team in three major tournaments, including the 2006 World Cup, winning 42 caps.

Playing careerEdit

ClubEdit

Early yearsEdit

Born in Bernal, Quilmes, Buenos Aires Province, Milito started playing professionally with Primera División side Club Atlético Independiente in 1997. During that time he often faced his older brother Diego, who played for Independiente's arch-rivals Racing Club de Avellaneda.[3]

ZaragozaEdit

In July 2003, Milito was due to be transferred to Real Madrid,[4] but the Spaniards rejected the player after medical results showed, according to them, a not-fully-recovered knee injury;[5] Jorge Valdano, who acted as director of football, further added that the player had always been appreciated for his technical skills, but his physical state was a cause for great concern.[6][7] He decided to stay in the country, and joined Real Zaragoza.[8]

In his four seasons with the Aragonese, Milito was an automatic first choice (never played fewer than 33 La Liga matches), and rejoined sibling Diego in 2005. On 10 July 2007, an agreement was reached with FC Barcelona for 18.5million (£13.9 million) and, the following week, he passed his medical and signed a four-year deal with the club worth €4 million (£2.7 million) a year;[9] he was given the number 3 shirt, which was formerly worn by Thiago Motta.

BarcelonaEdit

 
Milito (center) waves to fans during Barcelona's 2010–11 victory parade

Milito made his competitive debut for Barcelona on 2 September 2007, in a 3–1 home win against Athletic Bilbao.[10] He scored his first goal for the Catalans on 24 November, in a 3–0 victory over Recreativo de Huelva also at the Camp Nou.[11]

On 5 May 2008, it was announced that Milito had damage to the anterior cruciate ligament in his right knee.[12] This rendered him ineligible for the entire 2008–09 campaign, which ended in a treble.

After being sidelined for almost two years (602 days), Milito finally returned to action when he played in a friendly with Kazma SC in Kuwait.[13] On 5 January 2010, he made his return to competitive football in the first leg of the Copa del Rey's round of 16, a 1–2 home loss against Sevilla FC.[14] He reappeared in the domestic league five days later, coming on as a substitute for Carles Puyol for the final seven minutes of the 5–0 home defeat of CD Tenerife.[15]

Milito contributed one goal to a 5–1 home win against AD Ceuta for the domestic cup on 11 November 2010 (7–1 on aggregate), but had to leave the game injured.[16][17] On 30 April 2011, starting in a league match at Real Sociedad, he had a goal wrongfully ruled out for offside with the score at 1–1, as the hosts went on to win it 2–1;[18] as a result of his action he also tore a calf muscle, being sidelined for the rest of the season[19] and contributing with ten appearances for the eventual champions.

Return to IndependienteEdit

In early August 2011, the 30-year-old Milito was released from the last year of his contract with Barcelona,[20] and signed shortly after with former club Independiente. On 12 June 2012, he announced his retirement due to being mentally and physically exhausted.[21]

InternationalEdit

 
Milito playing for the Argentine national team in 2011

Milito participated in the 2005 FIFA Confederations Cup with Argentina, helping the nation to the final. He was also part of the squad which took part in the 2006 FIFA World Cup, performing well in his only appearance, the group stage match against the Netherlands which ended in a 0–0 draw.[22]

Milito was selected to the 2007 Copa América squad. He contributed five appearances, as the Albiceleste finished in second position in Venezuela.[23][24][25][26][27]

On 20 August 2010, national team coach Sergio Batista recalled Milito for a friendly with Spain the following month, the player's first international appearance in more than three years.[28] He started in the 4–1 win in Buenos Aires,[29] and he was subsequently selected for the 2011 Copa América,[30] appearing in all the games for the eventual quarter-finalists.

Coaching careerEdit

Milito's first coaching experience was with the reserves team of Independiente. He resigned late into 2014, due to differences with the club's president Hugo Moyano.[31]

On 15 April 2015, Milito replaced Mauricio Pellegrino at the helm of Estudiantes de La Plata, after being convinced by president Juan Sebastián Verón.[32] Despite good results, he resigned at the end of the year.[33]

On 12 May 2016, Milito was re-appointed as Independiente manager, again in the place of Pellegrino. He signed an 18-month contract.[34]

Milito started his first coaching adventure outside Argentina on 9 August 2017, signing for two years with O'Higgins F.C. from the Chilean Primera División.[35] He returned to Estudiantes on a three-year deal on 11 March 2019[36] but, one year later, after being ousted in the round of 64 of the Copa Argentina by lowly Deportivo Laferrere, he again resigned.[37]

In January 2021, Milito signed a three-year contract at Argentinos Juniors, replacing Diego Dabove who had moved to San Lorenzo de Almagro.[38]

Personal lifeEdit

Milito's older brother, Diego, was also a footballer. A striker, he played with individual and team success for Inter Milan, and they both represented Real Zaragoza and the national team.[39][40]

Career statisticsEdit

ClubEdit

[41][42]

Club Season League Cup Continental Total
Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals Apps Goals
Independiente 1997–98 2 0 2 0
1998–99 25 0 2 0 27 0
1999–2000 34 2 8 0 42 2
2000–01 25 1 5 0 30 1
2001–02 3 0 3 0
2002–03 34 0 34 0
Total 123 3 123 3
Zaragoza 2003–04 35 0 0 0 0 0 35 0
2004–05 33 3 0 0 10 0 43 3
2005–06 34 1 0 0 0 0 34 1
2006–07 35 1 4 0 0 0 39 1
Total 137 5 4 0 10 0 151 5
Barcelona 2007–08 27 1 6 0 9 0 42 1
2008–09 0 0 0 0 0 0 0 0
2009–10 11 0 1 0 5 0 17 0
2010–11 10 0 4 1 2 0 16 1
Total 48 1 11 1 16 0 75 2
Independiente 2011–12 19 0 1 0 2 0 22 0
Career totals 308 9 15 1 26 0 349 10

InternationalEdit

Argentina
Year Apps Goals
2000 1 0
2001 0 0
2002 0 0
2003 4 0
2004 3 0
2005 6 0
2006 5 0
2007 14 1
2008 0 0
2009 0 0
2010 2 0
2011 7 0
Total 42 1

International goalsEdit

(Argentina score listed first, score column indicates score after each Milito goal)

Goal Date Venue Opponent Score Result Competition
1 16 October 2007 José Pachencho Romero, Maracaibo, Venezuela   Venezuela 1–0 2–0 2010 World Cup qualification[43]

HonoursEdit

ClubEdit

Independiente

Zaragoza

Barcelona

IndividualEdit

Managerial statisticsEdit

As of 12 May 2021[45]
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L Win %
Estudiantes   15 April 2015 5 December 2015 30 16 8 6 053.33
Independiente   12 May 2016 31 December 2016 19 9 5 5 047.37
O'Higgins   14 August 2017 30 June 2018 27 11 5 11 040.74
Estudiantes   11 March 2019 4 March 2020 34 13 10 11 038.24
Argentinos Juniors   19 January 2021 Present 18 9 4 5 050.00
Total 128 58 32 38 045.31

ReferencesEdit

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