Martino in 2017
|Full name||Gerardo Daniel Martino|
|Date of birth||20 November 1962|
|Place of birth||Rosario, Santa Fe, Argentina|
|Height||1.75 m (5 ft 9 in)|
|Playing position||Attacking midfielder|
|1972–1980||Newell's Old Boys|
|1980–1990||Newell's Old Boys||392||(35)|
|1991–1994||Newell's Old Boys||81||(2)|
|1995||Newell's Old Boys||15||(0)|
|1998||Brown de Arrecifes|
|2012–2013||Newell's Old Boys|
|* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only|
Martino played mostly for Newell's Old Boys in his native Rosario. He holds the record of appearances with the team playing a total of 505 matches in all official competitions. He was also selected in a fan's poll as Newell's best player throughout the club's history.
Martino was chosen to replace Tito Vilanova as manager of FC Barcelona at the start of the 2013–14 season, but announced his resignation on 17 May 2014, though his side finished runner-up in both the Copa del Rey and La Liga that season. In 2015, he led Argentina to the Copa América Final, only to be defeated by hosts Chile on penalties. His team also finished as runners-up in the Copa América Centenario, again losing to the defending champion Chile on penalties. On 5 July 2016, Martino resigned from the Argentine national team.
He was named the head coach of Atlanta United FC, a Major League Soccer expansion team that began play in 2017. Martino lead the team to a MLS Cup victory in their second season and was named the MLS Coach of the Year before departing for the Mexican team.
Paraguay national teamEdit
Martino was assigned as head coach of the Paraguayan national football team in February 2007, replacing Uruguayan Anibal "Maño" Ruiz. His knowledge and success while coaching Paraguayan clubs were the parameters that positioned him as the best option for the job (other candidates were Nery Pumpido and Miguel Ángel Russo). Previously, Martino had won the Paraguayan league four times from 2002 till 2006.
In 2008, Martino was linked for vacant managerial position of Iran Pro League side Steel Azin but the deal was cancelled due to personal reasons. On 5 July 2010, Martino announced that he would be stepping down as Paraguay coach on their return from the 2010 FIFA World Cup in which he led Paraguay to quarter-finals. Martino confirmed that with his four-year contract expiring, he would not be extending his spell in charge of the national side. However, on 10 July 2010, Martino agreed to stay on as Paraguay coach until after the 2011 Copa America, in which Paraguay were runners-up after losing to Uruguay in the final.
Newell's Old BoysEdit
After Hernán Darío Gómez's departure from the Colombian national team, Martino received a proposition to coach the team but turned it down, opting instead to coach Newell's Old Boys, one of his former clubs as a player and a club which at the time was dangerously close to relegation to the Primera B Nacional, the second tier of Argentine football. However, a series of impressive results under Martino secured top-flight status for Newell's and Martino's reputation as a coach increased quite significantly.
Following his excellent first season at Newell's, Martino won the 2013 Torneo Final, the second and final stage of the Argentine Primera División season and reached the semi-finals of the 2013 Copa Libertadores. As a result, Martino won further plaudits as a coach, having transformed Newell's from a team facing relegation on his arrival to a title-winning side, in addition to the arguably more impressive feat of reaching the 2013 Copa Libertadores semi-final, the pinnacle club competition organized by CONMEBOL. It was this startling turnaround that further increased Martino's stock as a coach, and his achievements at Newell's soon caught the attention of various clubs in Europe, including FC Barcelona.
On 22 July 2013, Martino was confirmed as manager of Spanish club Barcelona to replace Tito Vilanova who resigned three days earlier. He signed a two-year deal at Barcelona. His first competitive game in charge of Barça was on 18 August 2013 against Levante, a game which Barcelona won 7–0 on the opening weekend of the 2013–14 La Liga season. On 26 October 2013, Martino won 2–1 against rivals Real Madrid at the Camp Nou, winning his first Clásico as a Barcelona manager. Three days later, Barcelona went on to win 0–3 at Celta de Vigo and Martino became the first coach in Barcelona history to not lose a game in their first 16 matches. On 26 November, Martino's unbeaten start as Barcelona coach came to an end after his 21st game in charge, as Barcelona lost 2–1 away at Ajax in the 2013–14 UEFA Champions League. After conceding the 2013–14 La Liga title on the last day of the season to Atlético Madrid, Martino announced he was to leave his role after just one year in charge during which he did not manage to win any major trophy except the Spanish Super Cup.
Argentina national teamEdit
On 12 August 2014, Martino was introduced as the new manager for the Argentine national team, succeeding Alejandro Sabella who took the side into the final against Germany at the World Cup in Brazil. In the 2015 Copa América, he reached the final, in which Argentina were runners-up after losing to hosts Chile on penalties. They also finished as runners-up in the Copa América Centenario Final on 26 June 2016 against Chile, again losing on penalties. On 5 July 2016, Martino resigned.
After departing from Argentina, Martino was announced as Major League Soccer expansion team Atlanta United's inaugural season manager on September 27, 2016. On October 23, 2018, Martino announced that he would not renew his contract with Atlanta United following the conclusion of the 2018 MLS season, citing personal reasons. He was expected to sign with the Mexico national team. Atlanta defeated the Portland Timbers in the MLS Cup, winning their first league title in Martino's last match with the club.
Gerardo Martino prefers to play a very high pressing and an attacking style of football. At Barcelona, Martino continued the club's preferred style of play tiki-taka along with his own tactics. All of Martino's teams have the same distinguishable traits: they play attack-minded football, they are creative and the style is based on quick passing. In addition, Martino's teams also pressure high up the pitch, play out from the back and depend on their youth systems.
|Colón||1 March 2005||1 September 2005||20||7||8||5||35.00|
|Libertad||13 December 2005||11 December 2006||58||32||15||11||55.17|
|Paraguay||February 2007||July 2011||33||13||11||9||39.39|
|Newell's Old Boys||29 December 2011||19 June 2013||72||36||18||18||50.00|
|Barcelona||23 July 2013||17 May 2014||59||40||11||8||67.80|
|Argentina||12 August 2014||5 July 2016||29||19||7||3||65.52|
|Atlanta United FC||27 September 2016||18 December 2018||78||42||17||19||53.85|
|Mexico||7 January 2019||Present||10||9||1||0||90.00|
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After four games, it’s unclear Gerardo Martino’s team won’t be susceptible to the same failings that undid Tito Vilanova’s.
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