Gerardo Martino was recently appointed as FC Barcelona's new manager.
After having a few discussions with several people, I've learned that Martino is not a familiar face to everyone.
Gerardo "Tata" Martino was born in November 1962 in Rosario, Argentina. Martino was a professional footballer himself, playing over 500 games for Newell´s Old Boys in his home country.
He also played in Ecuador and Chile plus making 15 caps for Tenerife in Spain, which was the only team he played for outside of South America.
Martino achieved great success playing for Newell´s Old Boys, winning the Argentine Primeira Division three times. Martino was also voted the club's best player in their history by the fans.
But Martino is more known for his coaching career, especially during his time coaching the Paraguay national team. Martino coached the team in the years 2006-2011, reaching the quarter-finals during the 2010 World Cup, but losing to Spain 1-0 despite playing incredibly well.
His first success as a manager came in Paraguay, where he won four league titles with Libertad and Cerra Porteno.
After leaving Paraguay in 2011, Martino was tipped to be the new manager of Argentina. But they ended up hiring Alejandro Sabella.
After taking a year off from football, Martino was hired as the manager of his former club, Newell´s Old Boys, in 2012. In his first season as manager, he won the club's first league title since 2004. Before Martino was hired as manager, Newell´s Old Boys had finished 18th and 19th for the last two seasons.
It can be said that Martino's coaching style will fit perfectly into Barcelona's game, with an attacking 4-3-3 being his favourite tactic. It will be an interesting adventure for the manager, and there is no doubt about it: he is indeed a great manager.
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