Mario Saralegui

Mario Daniel Saralegui Iriarte (born April 24, 1959 in Artigas) is a retired Uruguayan footballer and the current manager of Peñarol.

Mario Saralegui
Personal information
Full name Mario Daniel Saralegui Iriarte
Date of birth (1959-04-24) 24 April 1959 (age 61)
Place of birth Artigas, Uruguay
Height 1.79 m (5 ft 10 12 in)
Position(s) Midfielder
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1977–1984 Peñarol 211 (4)
1984–1985 Elche
1985–1986 Peñarol
1986–1987 River Plate
1987–1988 Estudiantes
1989–1990 Peñarol
1991 Barcelona SC
1992–1993 Peñarol
National team
1979–1986 Uruguay 29 (2)
Teams managed
1997 Frontera Rivera
2002–2003 Wanderers de Artigas
2006 Peñarol
2006 Uruguay Montevideo
2007 Progreso
2008 Peñarol
2010 Central Español
2010–2012 El Nacional
2012 Técnico Universitario
2013 Juventud de Las Piedras
2020 Peñarol
Representing  Uruguay
Copa América
Winner 1983
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only


Having made his official debut on May 31, 1979 against Brazil (1-5), Saralegui obtained a total number of 24 international caps for the Uruguay national football team. He represented his native country at the 1986 FIFA World Cup, wearing the number sixteen jersey.

Saralegui played most of his career for Peñarol in Uruguay, the only Uruguayan team he ever played for. He won 6 Uruguayan Primera championships a Copa Libertadores and a Copa Intercontinental during his four spells with the club.

Saralegui played for a number of non-Uruguayan teams including Elche of Spain, River Plate and Estudiantes de La Plata of Argentina and Barcelona SC of Ecuador.

After retiring as a player, he had a spell as manager of Peñarol, where he led them to the Clausura 2008 championship with a 5-3 victory over River Plate de Montevideo in the championship playoff. In September 2020, he became the manager of Peñarol for the third time.[1]



  1. ^ "Forlan sacked by hometown club Penarol after 11 games". BBC. 1 September 2020. Retrieved 1 September 2020. CS1 maint: discouraged parameter (link)

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