Miguel Ángel Russo

Miguel Ángel Russo (born 9 April 1956) is an Argentine former football player and manager, who played as a midfielder.

Miguel Ángel Russo
Miguel Angel Russo Millonarios.jpg
Russo in 2017
Personal information
Full name Miguel Ángel Russo
Date of birth (1956-04-09) 9 April 1956 (age 64)
Place of birth Valentin Alsina, Argentina
Playing position(s) Defensive midfielder
Youth career
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1975–1988 Estudiantes 418 (11)
National team
1983–1985 Argentina 17 (1)
Teams managed
1989–1992 Lanús
1992–1995 Estudiantes
1996–1997 Universidad de Chile
1997–1998 Rosario Central
1998–1999 Salamanca
1999 Morelia
1999 Colón
1999–2000 Lanús
2001 Los Andes
2002–2004 Rosario Central
2005–2006 Vélez Sarsfield
2007 Boca Juniors
2008–2009 San Lorenzo
2009 Rosario Central
2010–2011 Racing Club
2011 Estudiantes
2012–2014 Rosario Central
2015 Vélez Sarsfield
2016–2018 Millonarios
2019 Alianza Lima
2019 Cerro Porteño
2020– Boca Juniors
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only and correct as of 17:59, 18 January 2015 (UTC)

Playing careerEdit

Club careerEdit

Russo was a one club man; he played his entire career for Estudiantes de La Plata, from 1975 to his retirement in 1988. A defensive midfielder, Russo was a staple of the team that won two back-to-back championships in the 1982–83 season.

International careerEdit

Although Russo was called on by national team coach Carlos Bilardo to play in the 1986 FIFA World Cup qualifiers, a string of minor injuries prevented him from traveling to the main event in Mexico, which Argentina ultimately won.

Coaching careerEdit

Russo celebrating as coach of Lanús, when they returned to Primera División in 1990

His career as a coach included stints at Estudiantes de La Plata and Lanús (both of whom he helped promote), and other sides in Argentina, Mexico, Chile, and Spain.

In June 2005, he won the 2005 Clausura tournament with Vélez Sarsfield, his first title as a coach in the Argentine top division. On 15 December 2006, he was signed by Boca Juniors to replace Ricardo La Volpe.

With Russo at the helm, Boca Juniors took second place in the 2007 Clausura tournament and won the 2007 Copa Libertadores. After Boca, Russo managed San Lorenzo de Almagro between 2008 and 2009. After losing to San Luis and being eliminated form the Copa Libertadores, the coach has announced his decision to resign on 9 April 2009.[1]

On 15 April 2009, Russo joined Rosario Central, replacing Reinaldo Merlo[2] and just two months later on 14 July 2009 the coach quit the team.[3]

The former midfielder then managed Racing Club between 2010 and 2011. On 21 June 2011, less than a week after resigning as coach of Racing Club, Russo signed a contract to again coach his former club, Estudiantes de La Plata, being his second stint as an Estudiantes coach, having done so in 1994.[4]

On 6 November 2011, after Estudiantes was defeated 1-3 by Godoy Cruz and in turn falling to last place with only 10 points in 14 games, Russo resigned as manager, less than 5 months after having assumed charge.[5] He then had a successful stint at Rosario Central, winning the 2012–13 Primera B Nacional and reaching the final of the 2013–14 Copa Argentina.

In 2015, Russo agreed to become manager of Vélez Sarsfield, his second spell at the club.

On 23 December 2016, he was chosen to train Millonarios F.C. from Bogotá, Colombia after the untimely departure of Diego Cocca. On 17 December 2017, he was crowned Champion of the second half of 2017 with Millonarios F.C. (Torneo Clausura), to which he gave them the title number 15 after winning the first leg 1-0, and then drawing 2-2 against Independiente Santa Fe. With this victory, Millonarios F.C. will go directly to the group stage of the Copa Libertadores played among the best club teams in South America.

On January 4, 2019, he is officially appointed as the new Alianza Lima coach. However, he decides to terminate his contract for personal reasons and poor results.

On June 7, 2019, his transfer to Cerro Porteño was made official. On October 6, 2019, after losing to Deportivo Capiatá, the club decides to do without its services.

In January 2020, he started his second cycle with Boca Juniors.[6] 2 months later he obtained a new title winning the 2019-20 Superliga beating the River Plate led by Marcelo Gallardo in the final stretch.[7]



Russo with Estudiantes de La Plata in 1984
Estudiantes de La Plata


Vélez Sarsfield
Boca Juniors
Rosario Central


  1. ^ Libertadores: Russo renuncia al San Lorenzo
  2. ^ Miguel Angel Russo llegó a Rosario Central y Diego Simeone lo reemplazará en San Lorenzo
  3. ^ Russo quits Rosario
  4. ^ Vuelvo a mi casa
  5. ^ Y fue adiós
  6. ^ Olé. "Russo: "Ojalá me toque ganar la Copa y festejar en la Bombonera"". www.ole.com.ar (in Spanish). Retrieved 19 July 2020.
  7. ^ "Buenos Aires Times | Boca secure Superliga title after overhauling River in final day drama". www.batimes.com.ar. Retrieved 19 July 2020.

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