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Eduardo Berizzo

Eduardo Berizzo
Personal information
Full nameManuel Eduardo Berizzo
Date of birth (1969-11-13) November 13, 1969 (age 44)
Place of birthCruz Alta, Argentina
Height1.80 m (5 ft 11 in)
Playing positionCentre back
Club information
Current clubO'Higgins (coach)
Senior career*
1988–1993Newell's Old Boys126(10)
1996–1999River Plate94(3)
2000River Plate (loan)30(2)
National team
Teams managed
2007–2010Chile (assistant)
2011Estudiantes LP
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* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Manuel Eduardo Berizzo (born 13 November 1969 in Cruz Alta, Marcos Juárez, Córdoba) is an Argentine retired footballer who played as a central defender, and a current coach.

During his 18-year professional career, he played for six teams in four countries, namely Newell's Old Boys, River Plate and Celta. The bearer of an Italian passport, he did not occupy a non-EU spot in any of the clubs he played for in Europe.

Club career

Berizzo started his career with Newell's Old Boys in 1988, helping to two first division titles before his departure to Mexico for Club Atlas, after five seasons.

In 1996, he returned to his country, joining national powerhouse Club Atlético River Plate. His solid performances attracted the attention of French side Olympique de Marseille three years later, but Berizzo did not settle in the club or the country, being loaned to his former team in January 2000.

Berizzo moved to Spain with Celta de Vigo, in another winter transfer move. With the Galicians he was an important defensive unit, contributing with 17 top division matches in his first year as the club finished in sixth position; in his second full season he registered career-bests (at Celta) 27 games with two goals, helping the team reach the UEFA Champions League for the first time in its career.

In the 2003–04 season Berizzo was sent off four times, twice in the last two rounds, as Celta eventually dropped down a level. He also appeared in five matches in the club's round-of-16 run in European competition, eventually losing his importance in the first team and being released in June 2005 at nearly 36.

Berizzo stayed in Spain and signed a one-year contract with Cádiz CF, appearing scarcely and suffering another top flight relegation. He retired at the end of the season.

International career

Berizzo made his debut for Argentina in the 1998 FIFA World Cup qualifier against Venezuela, on 9 October 1996. He was picked up for the squads for the 1997 Copa América – only playing in the quarterfinal loss to Peru, being sent off after two yellow cards – and the 1999 Copa América, where he was not used.

Berizzo played his last international on 15 November 2000, in the 2002 World Cup qualifier against Chile, appearing seven minutes in a 2–0 away win. He broke his ankle in February 2002, completely ruling him out of the final stages in South Korea and Japan.

When Marcelo Bielsa took over as Chile manager in July 2007, Berizzo became assistant manager. On 10 October 2009, in a World Cup qualifier against Colombia (4–2 away win), he was ejected alongside Fabián Orellana and eventually received a four-match ban, not being present on the bench for the entirety of the final stages in South Africa.


Season Club Title
1990–91 Argentina Newell's Old Boys Argentine League
Clausura 1992 Argentina Newell's Old Boys Argentine League
Clausura 1997 Argentina River Plate Argentine League
1997 Argentina River Plate South American Supercup
Apertura 1997 Argentina River Plate Argentine League
Clausura 2000 Argentina River Plate Argentine League

External links

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  • BDFutbol profile
  • Eduardo Berizzo at
  • FIFA competition record

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