Eduardo Berizzo

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Eduardo Berizzo
File:Eduardo Berizzo maio 2015.JPG
Berizzo in 2015
Personal information
Full name Manuel Eduardo Berizzo[1]
Date of birth (1969-11-13) 13 November 1969 (age 49)
Place of birth Cruz Alta, Argentina
Height 1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing position Centre back
Club information
Current team
Celta (coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1988–1993 Newell's Old Boys 126 (10)
1993–1996 Atlas 94 (10)
1996–1999 River Plate 94 (3)
1999–2000 Marseille 13 (0)
2000 River Plate (loan) 30 (2)
2001–2005 Celta 101 (4)
2005–2006 Cádiz 14 (0)
Total 472 (29)
National team
1996–2000 Argentina 13 (0)
Teams managed
2007–2010 Chile (assistant)
2011 Estudiantes LP
2012–2014 O'Higgins
2014– Celta

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

† Appearances (goals)

Manuel Eduardo Berizzo (born 13 November 1969) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender, and the current coach of Celta de Vigo.

During his 18-year professional career he played for six teams in four countries, mainly Newell's Old Boys, River Plate and Celta. The bearer of an Italian passport, he did not occupy a non-EU spot while competing in Europe.

Berizzo represented Argentina in two Copa América tournaments. He started working as a manager in 2007, first as an assistant in the Chilean national team.

Club career

Born in Cruz Alta, Marcos Juárez, Córdoba, Berizzo started his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1988. He helped to two first division titles before his departure to Mexico for Club Atlas, five years later.

In 1996 Berizzo returned to his country, joining national powerhouse Club Atlético River Plate. His solid performances eventually attracted the attention of French side Olympique de Marseille, but he did not settle in the club or the country, being loaned to his former team in January 2000.

Berizzo moved to Spain with Celta de Vigo, in another winter transfer move.[2] With the Galicians he was an important defensive unit, contributing with 17 La Liga matches in his first year as the club finished in sixth position; in his second full season he registered career-bests (at Celta) 27 games with two goals, helping the side reach the UEFA Champions League for the first time ever.

In the 2003–04 campaign Berizzo was sent off four times, twice in the last two rounds, as Celta eventually dropped down a level. He also appeared in five matches in the club's round-of-16 run in European competition, eventually losing his importance and being released in June 2005 at nearly 36.[3]

Berizzo stayed in Spain and signed a one-year contract with Cádiz CF, appearing scarcely and suffering another top flight relegation. He retired at the end of the season.

In 2012 Berizzo was appointed head coach at O'Higgins FC, and achieved runner-up honours in his debut season, losing the final against Club Universidad de Chile in a penalty shootout.[4] On 10 December 2013 he led the team to the 2013 Apertura, this being the first title in the club's 58-year history.[5]

On 19 May 2014, shortly after winning the Supercopa de Chile against Deportes Iquique, again on penalties, Berizzo returned to Celta but as a manager, replacing FC Barcelona-bound Luis Enrique.[6]

International career

Berizzo made his debut for Argentina in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifying stage against Venezuela, on 9 October 1996. He was picked up for the squads for the 1997 Copa América – only playing in the quarterfinal loss to Peru, being sent off after two yellow cards[7]– and the 1999 Copa América, where he was not used.

Berizzo played his last international on 15 November 2000, in the 2002 World Cup qualifier against Chile, appearing seven minutes in a 2–0 away win. He broke his ankle in February 2002, completely ruling him out of the final stages in South Korea and Japan.

When Marcelo Bielsa took over as Chile manager in July 2007, Berizzo became assistant manager. On 10 October 2009, in a World Cup qualifier against Colombia (4–2 away win), he was ejected alongside Fabián Orellana and eventually received a four-match ban, not being present on the bench for the entirety of the final stages in South Africa.[8]

Remarks on homosexuality

Shortly after leaving Marseille, Berizzo spoke out against alleged homosexuality in France:

"A bunch of faggots is what you have in French football. There are so many homosexual players there, they always provoke you, they touch your thighs, your bum, to see if you will give some kind of signal. I feel disgusted when a homosexual shares the same shower and stares at one's bum with desire, and even gets emotional when you are naked."

— Berizzo quoted in a Daily Telegraph Article.[9]



River Plate




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