Mauricio Roberto Pochettino is the former Argentine football player and the current manager of Premier League club Tottenham Hotspur. Mauricio Pochettino formerly played as a central Argentina defender for the Espanyol. The managerial term of Mauricio began at Tottenham Hotspur from May of 2014. Extending the contract he is to serve the club till 2021. Prior to being in this club, he was the manager of Espanyol, and Southampton.
Date of Birth:
2 March 1972
Mauricio Pochettino's football skill was first inspected by Jose Griffa at the early age of 14
Mauricio Pochettino was born on 2 March 1972 in Murphy, Argentina. Being the son of farm worker he wasn’t quite introduced with the game until he watched the FIFA World Cup in the year 1978. He then was very much fascinated by the game which made him more curious to learn the game.
At the age of 14, his skill was detected by Jose Griffa, Mauricio Pochettino moved to Newell's Old Boys in 1987. The following year he got the chance to make his debut in the Primera Division which was the beginning of his professional career. Subsequently, he started his professional career together with Newell’s Old Boys moving to RCD Espanyol.
He entered to Espanyol in Spain for the 1994-95 season. Within no time he made his name as an established player, he spent his six and a half years playing for the club helping the team make through 2000 conquest of the Copa del Rey. In January of 2001, he signed for the Paris Saint-Germain FC. However, Pochettino returned to Espanyol and played till he wrapped up his playing career at 34.
Mauricio Pochettino's international to managerial career
Talking about Mauricio Pochettino's international career, Pochettino has represented Argentina U-23 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament in 1992 in Paraguay. He played 20 times for the country Argentina during his four years and he was also a participant in 2002 FIFA World Cup making his appearance in three complete matches as nation exited in the group stage. In the second game against the fierce rivals England, an Italian referee Pierluigi Collina saw Mauricio bring down Michael Owen in the box.
This talented and good looking manager Mauricio Pochettino has been towering his height of fame since he became the head coach of Tottenham Hotspur. He signed his contract as coach with the club on 27 May 2014 for five years duration. During his work tenure, the club has made remarkable progression like reaching the final of the League Cup over Sheffield United. In 2016, his contract with Tottenham was extended until 2021 which upgraded his position as a manager.
In January 2009, he became the third coach of Espanyol in the 2008-09 season with side ranking third from bottom. He remained with the team until 2012. It was later announced on 18 January 2013 that Pochettino would be new first team manager of Premier League club Southampton. The post he held made him the second Argentine manager of the English football after Osvaldo Ardiles.
Mauricio Pochettino's wife is the greatest critics whom he bans from White Hart Lane
No one can doubt the fact that Mauricio Pochettino's career success has overshadowed his information about personal life. We can find quite limited information about his wife and married life. His wife Karina came in the news when he ban her from the White Hart Lane.
According to Telegraph, wife Karina is one of the biggest critics of Tottenham Hotspur. As the leader could not resist the criticism coming from his wife he banned her from the stadium. "Always when I arrive home because she was watching on TV, my wife says why this or why that? She always gives her opinion, but always after, never before. we lose – why play this? Why not that? Why not change? She is worse than you (the journalists)."
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