Mauricio Pochettino, Bio, Playing career, Manager career, Honors, Private life and Net worth

Mauricio Pochettino

Mauricio Pochettino Bio

Born into a blue-collar Argentinean family of Italian descent, Mauricio Pochettino took to soccer at a young age, and his passion has taken him all around the globe.
By the time he emerged into senior soccer in Argentina with Newell’s Old Boys, he had firmly established himself as a central defender.

While at Newell’s, Pochettino secured a solitary league title and relished a Copa Libertadores run that culminated in defeat in the 1992 final.
He would move from there to newly-promoted La Liga outfit Espanyol in 1994, and the club would become an integral part of his playing and coaching career. He would have two spells there as a player and also commence his managerial career with the Blanquiazules.
Pochettino’s journey would take him to France next, signing with Paris Saint-Germain in 2001 and holding down a regular place in the starting XI until his departure in 2003 for Bordeaux.

He represented Argentina at various age levels and the senior level and participated in the 2002 FIFA World Cup.
Pochettino returned to Espanyol in the twilight of his playing days and three years after retiring, began coaching the club’s women’s team. Shortly thereafter, he was invited to take charge of the men’s first team of the Barcelona-based outfit in 2009.

He made his mark as a coach in England, though, initially in a solitary season stint at Southampton before he was recruited by Tottenham, who hoped he could steer the club to success.

Pochettino’s tenure at Tottenham was characterized by significant enhancements to the squad and the adoption of an intense pressing style of play which saw the team emerge as a force in cup competitions and even contenders in the league. Following a lackluster start to the 2019/20 season, he was dismissed by Spurs.
In 2021, Pochettino joined PSG after a brief hiatus from the game when he was consistently linked to some of football’s most sought-after positions, including roles at Real Madrid and Manchester United.

Despite clinching the Ligue 1 title in the 2021/22 campaign, Pochettino was axed in the summer as PSG once again faltered to make progress in the Champions League.
After nearly a year without a job, Pochettino was named Chelsea manager on a two-year contract in May 2023, succeeding interim boss Frank Lampard.
Pochettino guided Chelsea to the final of the Carabao Cup in 2024, but they were defeated 1-0 in extra-time. He has now lost the three major finals he has reached while managing in England.

Pochettino’s Playing Career


As a youngster, Pochettino experimented as a forward and midfielder but ultimately settled on central defense as his vocation and played there for the majority of his career.
It wasn’t until he relocated to Spain that he broke into the Argentina national team despite representing both the Under-20 and Under-23 national teams.
Pochettino attributes his time working under Marcelo Bielsa with shaping his footballing philosophy. He was mentored by Bielsa at Newell’s and earned his first Argentina call-up under the esteemed coach.
He only clinched one league title as a player, early in his career at Newell’s, but was part of two Copa del Rey-winning Espanyol squads.
Pochettino participated in the 2002 World Cup, featuring in all three group stage matches, but Argentina exited the tournament at that stage.

Legendary Status At Espanyol


Pochettino encountered significant highs and profound lows with Espanyol, a club that, during his tenure as a player and later as a manager, oscillated between relegation battles and contending for European spots.
Upon his initial arrival, the club had just secured promotion back into La Liga, and he was brought in as their defensive reinforcement for the 1994/95 season.
Pochettino returned to Espanyol after his stint in France and concluded his career with the Spanish outfit. He was part of teams that secured the Copa del Rey in both of his spells and endeared himself to the Periquitos faithful.
The club was willing to entrust their future to Pochettino as a manager, appointing him to his first managerial role just months after he obtained his UEFA Pro License.
Tasked with steering the club clear of relegation, Pochettino guided them to mid-table respectability, and they maintained a modest but secure position for the two seasons immediately following his debut term.

Arrival In England With Southampton
Merely two months following his dismissal from Espanyol, Pochettino was installed as the manager of Southampton, succeeding Nigel Adkins in what was perceived as a contentious move at the time, given Adkins’ relatively successful track record as Saints manager up to that point.
Pochettino settled in nicely at St. Mary’s Stadium, claiming some notable victories as they concluded the season in 14th place, five points clear of the relegation zone.
The subsequent season saw Pochettino guide the Saints to their highest-ever Premier League points tally and an eighth-place finish. He also molded the team into an entertaining unit capable of pulling off significant upsets.
His tenure at St. Mary’s saw him bring in Victor Wanyama and Dejan Lovren, among others, with the latter later moving on to play for Liverpool.

Pochettino’s transformation of the Saints squad and playing style earned him many admirers during his 16-month tenure on the English South Coast, including the Tottenham board, who promptly acquired his services.

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Revolutionizing Tottenham Hotspur


The Pochettino era kicked off at White Hart Lane amid high hopes, with some sections of supporters hailing the Argentine as a messiah.
Spurs began to demonstrate a willingness to provide Pochettino with increased transfer funds, resulting in quality players joining the North London club, including Dele Alli, Toby Alderweireld, and Heung-min Son in his initial two seasons.

In his second full season at the helm, they mounted a challenge for the Premier League title, ultimately finishing third. They commenced the 2016/17 season with a 12-game unbeaten streak but eventually slipped off the pace to finish second, their best league position in 54 years.
Despite tangible improvements on the field and Spurs knocking on the door to be considered among England’s elite clubs, Pochettino’s tenure lacked major silverware.
However, the significant strides in results and the attractive style of football played meant that most Spurs fans were satisfied with Pochettino’s tenure.
Tottenham embarked on an extraordinary journey to the 2019 Champions League final, showcasing moments of tactical brilliance from Pochettino and remarkable mental fortitude from the players, including an incredible second-leg comeback against Ajax in the semi-finals to secure their place in the final.
However, in the final itself, Spurs were overwhelmed by the occasion and a familiar foe in Liverpool.
The hangover from their European exploits seemed to carry over to the following season, and after a poor start, Pochettino fell short of the expectations he himself had raised.
He departed Spurs with his reputation enhanced, despite the underwhelming conclusion to his reign, and was considered a candidate to take charge at struggling Manchester United.

Return To PSG As Head Coach


Pochettino had a brief stint at PSG as a player, but was a regular for the club during an era that predated the injection of Qatari investment that transformed their ambitions.
He was part of the PSG squad that won their section of the 2001 Intertoto Cup and reached the Coupe de France final, although they failed to secure any honors during his time in Paris as a player.

In 2021, Pochettino had an eventful start to his tenure as PSG boss, leading the team to victory in the French Super Cup and overseeing a 4-1 triumph over Barcelona at the Camp Nou in his inaugural Champions League game in charge.

However, their Champions League campaign came to an end in the semi-finals, with PSG losing both legs to Manchester City.
It proved to be a disappointing season for PSG, as they were edged to the Ligue 1 title by Lille, although they did secure the Coupe de France.
Tottenham reportedly sought to rehire the Argentine in the summer of 2021 to replace Jose Mourinho, but Pochettino swiftly declared his intention to remain in Paris.

PSG clinched the Ligue 1 title in the 2021/22 season but were eliminated from the Champions League in the round of 16, losing 3-2 on aggregate to eventual winners Real Madrid.
Pochettino’s failure in Europe, despite boasting an all-star lineup featuring Neymar, Lionel Messi, and Mbappe, meant he was always under pressure at the French giants. He was dismissed in July 2022 and promptly succeeded by former Lille coach Christophe Galtier.

Back In The Premier League With Chelsea


On May 29, 2023, Pochettino was appointed as Chelsea head coach on a two-year contract, concluding an almost two-month process to find a permanent successor to Graham Potter, who was dismissed on April 2.
Since Potter’s departure and Lampard’s assumption of the reins, Chelsea have suffered eight defeats in 11 games, registering just one victory.
They were eliminated from the Champions League by Real Madrid in the quarter-final stage, and a 12th-place finish – their lowest since 1996 – means they will not participate in European competition in the 2023/24 season.
Lampard admitted that managing a bloated squad of 34 first-team players was the most challenging aspect he faced at Stamford Bridge.
One of Pochettino’s initial tasks was to determine which players among that contingent are part of his plans and who can depart, with the club under pressure to offload players to comply with Financial Fair Play regulations after spending approximately £600 million on transfers in the last 12 months.

Pochettino’s youthful and expensive squad struggled in the Premier League during the 2023/24 season, although they did reach the Carabao Cup final.
However, Virgil Van Dijk’s headed goal secured a 1-0 extra-time victory for an inexperienced Liverpool side in the final. It marked Chelsea’s sixth consecutive defeat in domestic cup finals.

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Pochettino’s Major Honors

Player:

Newell Old Boys: Primera Division (1990/91), Clausura (1992)

Espanyol: Copa del Rey (2000) (2006)

PSG: Intertoto Cup (2001)

Manager:

PSG: Ligue 1 (2021/22), Coupe de France (2021)

Personal Life


Pochettino strongly embraces the concept of ‘universal energy’ and the interconnectedness of life and existence.

He and his wife, Karina Grippaldi, are proud parents of two sons, Sebastiano and Maurizio. Sebastiano, a sports scientist, collaborated with Tottenham during his father’s tenure as manager, while Maurizio is pursuing a career in football. Maurizio was part of the Spurs academy before securing a contract with Watford.

Pochettino’s Net Worth


His net worth is estimated to be around £24 million, with an annual salary of £10.4 million as Chelsea’s head coach.

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