Manuel Pellegrini: a long way from Chile to China
When the Chilean specialist Pellegrini Ripamonti Manuel Louis began his coaching activities, many of his current wards have not even been born yet. He is called an Engineer - for working in the same position during a playing career, for his talent to build a team, as they say, from scratch, for the ability to organize discipline in any team and separate the secondary from the really important.
Manuel Pellegrini: biography, facts of life
Manuel Pellegrini’s parents are Italians. In wartime, they fled from the Apennine Peninsula to South America, where they settled in the capital of Chile, Santiago. Here in September 1953 a boy named Manuel Louis was born in the family.
Unlike his peers, Manuel Pellegrini started playing football rather late - at a young age, however, due to his good abilities and diligence on the football field, at nineteen the guy got into the youth team “Universidad de Chile”, and a year later he made his debut mainly in the line-up. owls. "
Pellegrini is one of those rare examples where a football player for an entire career remains devoted to one club. Fans very often idolize such players, the Universidad defender is no exception. 13 years in the club, more than 450 matches in blue, two won league titles and one Cup of the country - this is the result of Pellegrini's appearances as a player.
It's one step from love to hatred. Manuel Pellegrini felt all loyalty to these words in his own skin when he failed the first season as a coach in his native “Universidad” in 1989. Universal love and confession were replaced by popular anger, and the Chilean was forced to leave the coaching bridge.
Over the next thirteen years, the Chilean coached seven clubs in South America and managed to win several titles: the Inter-American Cup and the Chile Cup from the Universidad Catolica, the Ecuador championship from LDU Quito, and the Argentina Championship Gold from San Lorenzo and River Plate.
Since 2004, the European stage began in the career of Manuel Pellegrini. The coach made a real sensation with the modest Villarreal, reaching the UEFA Cup first with the team, and the next season to the semi-finals of the most prestigious Old World tournament - the Champions League.The affairs of the "yellow submarine" and in the championship. The club, which had recently spoken in the Segunda, twice ranked second and once again - fifth.
The successes of the Chilean attracted the attention of grandees of La Liga, with the result that in 2009 Manuel Pellegrini was at the helm of Real Madrid. The team under the leadership of the new coach showed a good game, however, she could not win at least one tournament, which is unacceptable for the “creamy” ones.
The last stop in Spain for Pellegrini was “Malaga”. With “anchovies”, the Chilean coach went along the road trodden in Villarreal. For a start, he raised the team to the record for fourth place, and then reached the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where he lost in full-time confrontation Borussia Dortmund.
Moving to Misty Albion
The successful work of the coach in Spain has attracted the attention of the richest European championship - the English Premier League. Manuel Pellegrini led Manchester City in the summer of 2013 and after the first season won the gold medals of the championship. Later, the Chilean specialist was more than twice conquered by the English Football League Cup, but for the bosses of the “Blue Moon”, which was the year of the dreaming Champions League, this was not enough.In the summer of 2016, Pellegrini at the helm of Manchester City was replaced by the Spanish expert Josep Guardiola.
On August 27, 2016, Manuel Louis headed the Chinese Hebei China Fortune.