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Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino took charge of the senior side on 26 July of 2013, when he was presented as the head manager of the senior side in the Auditori 1899. Due to departure of Tito Vilanova from the Club for health reasons, Martino began his tenure as Barça’s manager after the team had already started the 2013/14 preseason...
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino took charge of the senior side on 26 July of 2013, when he was presented as the head manager of the senior side in the Auditori 1899. Due to departure of Tito Vilanova from the Club for health reasons, Martino began his tenure as Barça’s manager after the team had already started the 2013/14 preseason. Born in Rosario, Argentina, on 20 November of 1962, Martino started his managerial career in 1998 on the bench of Brown de Arrecifes, a Nacional B team in Argentina. In the 1999/00 season he signed with another Argentinian team, Platense, and the following season, 2000/01, he made the leap to Instituto Córdoba.
After a year-long sabbatical, Gerardo Martino moved to Paraguay, where he won his first titles. The first Paraguayan team he managed was Club Libertad, where he won the Torneo Apertura and Clausura in 2002. The following year, in 2003, his team claimed the Torneo Apertura again. His Paraguayan adventure led him next to Cerro Porteño, where he won titles in 2003 and 2004. After a brief stint with Colón de Santa Fe (Argentina), he returned to Club Libertad.
Martino was then named manager of the Paraguay national team. He managed the South American country in the 2010 World Cup, where Paraguay were narrowly eliminated by Spain in the quarter finals of the tournament. Martino then led Paraguay to the final of the Copa América in 2011. After the international tournament, he took control of Newell’s Old Boys, a team that were struggling to avoid relegation. With ‘Tata’ in charge, the Rosario-based team avoided relegation and the next season they went on to win the Torneo Final 2013. Newell’s also qualified for the semi-finals of the Copa Libertadores.
All of Martino’s teams have same distinguishable traits: they play attack-minded football, they are creative and the style is based on quick passing. In addition, Martino’s teams also pressure high up the pitch, play out from the back and depend on their youth systems.
Martino is the fourth Argentinian manager to coach FC Barcelona, after Helenio Herrera (1958-60, 1980 and 1980-81), Roque Olsen (1956-67), and César Luis Menotti (1983-84).
Before becoming a manager, Martino enjoyed a successful career as a player for Newell’s Old Boys. He made his debut for the Argentinian team at the age of 17, and made a total of 505 appearances for Newell’s. Martino, who was under the tutelage of Marcelo Bielsa, was a talented attacking midfielder. He also played for Tenerife (at the start of 1991), Lanús, O’Higgins (Chile) and Barcelona Guayaquil (Ecuador). He traded his boots for the bench in 1996.