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Mauricio Pochettino

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    Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero (born 2 March 1972) is an Argentine former footballer who played as a central defender, and is the current head coach of Tottenham Hotspur.

    He spent 17 years as a professional player, 10 of which were in La Liga with Espanyol where he scored 13 goals in 275 games. He also played in France for two clubs, Paris Saint-Germain and Bordeaux, having started his career with Newell's Old Boys. He then went into management at Espanyol and later Southampton.

    An Argentine international for four years between 1999 and 2002, Pochettino represented the country at the 2002 World Cup and the 1999 Copa América.

    Club career
    Born in Murphy, Santa Fe, Pochettino started his professional career with Newell's Old Boys, moving to RCD Espanyol in Spain for the 1994–95 season as the Catalans had just returned to La Liga. He was an undisputed starter in his six and-a-half years stay, helping the club to the 2000 conquest of the Copa del Rey.

    In January 2001, Pochettino signed for Paris Saint-Germain. He was also a regular starter during his stay, and moved for the 2003–04 campaign to fellow Ligue 1 outfit FC Girondins de Bordeaux. However, he returned to Espanyol (initially on loan) midway through his first year[3] for two and a half more seasons, still being regularly used except for his last one, and wrapping up his career at the age of 34 with another domestic cup. In his two combined spells at Espanyol, he appeared in nearly 300 official games for the club.

    International career
    Pochettino played 20 times for Argentina during a four-year international career which began in 1999. In that year's Copa América, he played the last 14 minutes of the final group game against Uruguay as a substitute for Guillermo Barros Schelotto, and then started at right-back in the quarter-final elimination by Brazil. He was also a participant at the 2002 FIFA World Cup, where he played every minute of all three matches as the nation exited in the group stage. In the second game against England, Italian referee Pierluigi Collina saw him bring down Michael Owen in the box: the resulting penalty was converted by David Beckham for the game's only goal.

    Managerial career

    Espanyol
    In late January 2009, Pochettino became Espanyol's third coach in the 2008–09 season, with the side ranking third from bottom[8] but eventually finishing comfortably placed (10th), after the coach inclusively asked for "divine intervention". He coached nine club players who were his teammates during his last year and, in early June, renewed his link for a further three years.

    In the 2009–10 campaign Pochettino once again led Espanyol to a comfortable league position, in a campaign where club symbol (and his former teammate) Raúl Tamudo fell completely out of favour in the squad's rotation, even more after the January 2010 arrival of Pablo Osvaldo.

    On 28 September 2010 Pochettino extended his contract with the club for one more year, until 30 June 2012. On 26 November 2012, however, following a 0–2 home loss against Getafe CF that left the Pericos in the last place with just nine points from 13 matches, his contract was terminated by mutual consent.

    Southampton
    On 18 January 2013, Pochettino was announced as the new first-team manager of Premier League club Southampton, replacing Nigel Adkins and becoming the second Argentine manager in English football, after Osvaldo Ardiles. His first match in charge was five days later, a 0–0 draw against Everton at St Mary's Stadium; he recorded his first win as Saints manager on 9 February, 3–1 at home over reigning champions Manchester City.

    Pochettino speaks English but when he arrived at Southampton he used a translator in press conferences. An inability to express himself fully, coupled with a strained limitation undertaking complex English-speaking lessons, is the only reason he still uses an interpreter.

    He led the Saints to notable victories against other top league sides, including the 3–1 home win over Liverpool on 16 March 2013 and the 2–1 victory against Chelsea on 30 March 2013, also at St Mary's.

    Tottenham Hotspur
    On 27 May 2014, he was appointed head coach of English club Tottenham Hotspur on a five-year contract. He left Southampton after 18 months at the club, becoming Spurs' tenth manager in 12 years.

    In his first pre-season managing Spurs, the team faced teams including Seattle Sounders, Chicago Fire Toronto FC, Schalke 04 and Celtic. Under his stewardship, the team went on to be unbeaten in all pre-season matches, winning every game except a 3-3 draw with Seattle Sounders.

    On 16 August, in Pochettino's first Premier League match in charge of Tottenham, the club won 1–0 away at West Ham United, debutant defender Eric Dier scoring in injury time.

    Managerial style
    Pochettino favours a very high pressing attacking style of football. He usually favours a 4-2-3-1 formation. While doing so, he instructs his team to build pressure from the back, intimidate and unsettle opponents easily. He has also been hailed by many pundits for his focus on developing local players from the clubs' youth academies.
     

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