Óscar Tabárez

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Óscar Tabárez
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Tabárez with Uruguay in 2014
Personal information
Full name Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Sclavo[1]
Date of birth (1947-03-03) 3 March 1947 (age 72)
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Playing position Defender
Club information
Current team
Uruguay (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1967–1971 Sud América
1972–1973 Sportivo Italiano
1975 Montevideo Wanderers
1976 Fénix
1976–1977 Puebla
1977–1979 Bella Vista
Teams managed
1980–1983 Bella Vista
1983 Uruguay U20
1984 Danubio
1985–1986 Montevideo Wanderers
1987 Peñarol
1987 Uruguay U20
1988 Deportivo Cali
1988–1990 Uruguay
1991–1993 Boca Juniors
1994–1995 Cagliari
1996 Milan
1997–1998 Oviedo
1998–1999 Cagliari
2001 Vélez Sársfield
2002 Boca Juniors
2006– Uruguay

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

† Appearances (goals)

Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Sclavo (American Spanish: [ˈoskar taˈβaɾes]; born 3 March 1947), known as El Maestro (The Teacher), is a Uruguayan football manager and former footballer, who played as a defender. He is currently the manager of the Uruguay national team.

After an unassuming career as a player and after working as a primary school teacher, he embarked on an extensive coaching career which has lasted more than 30 years and included coaching teams in Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Spain. Tabárez managed the Uruguay national football team from 1988–1990, returning to the job for a second time in 2006. He led the team to fourth place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and to victory in the 2011 Copa América. With Tabárez, Uruguay qualified for three World Cups, achieving the round of 16th two times, and one semifinal. Actually, Tabárez share the record for the head coach with most World Cup Qualifying games in South America ( 46, Shared with Francisco Maturana), but with the singularity that he only manages the Uruguay National Football Team. Tabárez also is the 5th manager with most games in Copa América(23), participating in four tournaments(1989-2007-2011 and 2015), and with the chance to reach the 4th spot at Copa América Centenario.

Playing career

During his 12-year senior career, Tabárez played mainly for modest clubs, representing Sud América, Sportivo Italiano (Argentina), Montevideo Wanderers, Fénix, Puebla in Mexico and Bella Vista, retiring at the age of 32.

Managerial career

In 1980, a year after retiring as a player, Tabárez took up coaching at Bella Vista. The following year, he was named the Uruguay under-20s manager. He would coach the side on two separate occasions. He subsequently worked in many clubs in his country, without settling anywhere. However, in 1987, he led national giants C.A. Peñarol to their fifth Copa Libertadores, beating América de Cali. This success was fundamental in his appointment as manager of the Uruguayan national team, which he led to the Round of 16 of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, losing against the hosts. He later coached Argentine League giants Boca Juniors for two years.

In 1994 Tabárez moved to Italy to manage Serie A side Cagliari Calcio. After leading them to ninth place in the 1994–95 season and tenth place in the 1995–96 season, Tabárez was hired by A.C. Milan, but his spell would only last a few months: after an Italian Supercup defeat against ACF Fiorentina, at the San Siro, a 2–3 loss at Piacenza Calcio for the league cost him his position. He was replaced by Arrigo Sacchi, and the Rossoneri eventually finished 11th.[2]

Tabárez then worked with Real Oviedo in Spain, with the Asturias club eventually only maintaining top division status in the promotion/relegation play-offs against UD Las Palmas, winning 4–3 on aggregate. He then returned to Cagliari, being sacked after one draw and three losses.

After two years in Argentina, with Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield and Boca, Tabárez spent four years away from football management. In 2006, after Uruguay had failed to qualify for three out of the preceding four FIFA World Cups, he took charge of the national team.[3] His first tournament saw the side take fourth place in the 2007 Copa América, in Venezuela.

After a successful play-off against Costa Rica, Tabárez and the Charrúas qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa,first winning group A (Uruguay did not win its group since 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, 56 years prior). In South Africa the national team reached the semi-finals for the first time in 40 years, only conceding five goals in six matches until that point. Uruguay ended the competition in fourth place, after a 2–3 defeat against Germany.[4]

In the 2011 Copa América Tabárez led Uruguay to its 15th victory in the tournament, with the national side winning three games and drawing three in Argentina, and only conceding three goals. With these wins, Uruguay became the country with the most wins in the history of the Copa America. In 2011 and 2012, under Tabárez's leadership, Uruguay remained undefeated in 18 consecutive games (from June 2011 to August 2012), a national team record previously set by Juan Carlos Corazzo . Tabárez then led Uruguay in its qualification to the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, defeating Jordan in two play-off games, and thus becoming the first Uruguayan manager to do so in two consecutive World Cups. In Brazil, after an opening defeat to Costa Rica (3–1), followed by two wins (2–1 vs England, 1–0 vs Italy) to finish its group stage, Uruguay reached the round of 16th, the third time for Tabárez with Uruguay in a World Cup. This also marked the first time an Uruguayan team defeated a European opponent for the first time in 44 years, the last time being a win against the Soviet Union during the 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Without Luis Suarez in the lineup, Uruguay lost to Colombia (0-2) in the round of 16, marking an unusual early world cup exit for the Uruguayan side. On June 19th the Asociación Uruguaya de Fútbol made a video tribute to celebrate 150 games of Tabárez as National Team Manager. After the 2015 Copa América in Chile, he was suspended for 3 official games for the incidents of the Chile-Uruguay match, in which Edinson Cavani was suspended for 2 games also. Despite this, and with the help of Celso Otero assisting in the bench, Uruguay won its first two games in the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualification, the first time since the 1966 FIFA World Cup qualification, and wining for the first time in La Paz against Bolivia. After the game against Chile (3-0 victory) Tabárez reached Francisco Maturana as the South American coach with most games in the CONMEBOL qualifiers, but with Tabárez always coaching only Uruguay National Football Team. He is part of a List of Football Managers with Most Games, and as of November 2015, Óscar Washington Tabárez is very close to the record hold by Sepp Herberger (167) and Morten Olsen (166) as the national team manager with most games as national football with the most games with one national team, leading a selected group with 100 games or more, that includes: Hugo Meisl, Alf Ramsey, Mario Zagallo, Helmut Schon, Carlos Alberto Parreira, Joachim Low, Lars Lagerback, Bruce Arena, Berti Vogts, Guillermo Stábile, Walter Winterbottom and Vicente del Bosque.

Uruguay record

First spell

      Win       Draw       Loss

Second spell

Uruguay Olympic Team 2012

Managerial record for the national teams

As of 17 November 2015.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Uruguay Uruguay 1988 1990 34 17 8 9 50 28 +22 50.00
2006 Present 127 63 34 30 215 131 +84 49.61
Uruguay Olympic team 2012 (Olympics) 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 50.00
Total 167 83 43 41 275 166 +109 49.70




Boca Juniors




Personal life

Aside from his career in football, Tabárez also worked as a teacher.[8]


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  7. "Uruguay se despidió con sonrisas". Tenfieldigital.com (in español). 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.<templatestyles src="Module:Citation/CS1/styles.css"></templatestyles>
  8. El Maestro seeks to restore the tradition of a forgotten footballing identity; The Guardian

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