Marcelo Bielsa

Marcelo Bielsa


Marcelo Bielsa

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Marcelo Alberto Bielsa Caldera (nicknamed Loco Bielsa, "Madman" Bielsa) (born July 21, 1955) is an Argentine association football coach and former defender, born in Rosario, Santa Fe. He is the current manager of the La Liga side Athletic Bilbao. Bielsa managed not only football clubs but also the national teams of Argentina and Chile. In the later country he has achieved cult status due to the improved results of the national team under his leadership. His personality and gestures have in Chile captured the attention of media and unleashed a series of minor controversies both in the area of sports and in politics.

Life and career

As a child Marcelo Bielsa opted to support Newell's Old Boys instead of neighbors and eternal rivals Rosario Central, the team his father passionately followed. Coming from a family steeped in politics and law, Bielsa decided to break with tradition by dedicating his life to the sport of football. at His vocation was in stark contrast to that of his older brother Rafael who is a politician (as of 2007, national deputy from the Capital District of Buenos Aires), while his sister MarĂ­a Eugenia is a former vicegovernor of the province of Santa Fe.

He played as a defender in Newell's Old Boys First Division Team, but soon retired at the age of 25. Bielsa went on to develop his career as coach in that team after qualifying as a physical education teacher. He led Newell's to...
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