30 Facts About Manuel Pellegrini


Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti is a Chilean professional football manager and former player who is the manager of Real Betis.

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Manuel Pellegrini was dismissed after one season and later lamented the Galacticos policy employed at Real which prevented him from building a balanced team.

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Manuel Pellegrini took up the manager's role at Malaga in November 2010.

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Manuel Pellegrini led Malaga to a fourth-place finish in his first full season and to qualification for the UEFA Champions League.

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Manuel Pellegrini managed Hebei China Fortune from 2016 to 2018 before leaving the position in May Manuel Pellegrini was appointed as manager of West Ham United in May 2018 and lasted 18 months in charge before he was sacked in December 2019 after a poor run of results.

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Manuel Pellegrini started his formative years as a footballer in the youth divisions of Audax Italiano.

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Manuel Pellegrini spent his entire playing career with the club, making a total of 451 appearances and scoring seven goals in the Chilean Division 1, including one goal against Colo-Colo, Universidad de Chile's biggest rival.

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Manuel Pellegrini wanted to help reconstruction projects in the Chilean central zone after the 1985 Algarrobo earthquake knowing that his experience as a qualified civil engineer would be ideal.

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In 1990, Manuel Pellegrini was appointed manager of Palestino, where he stayed until 1992.

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In 1998, Manuel Pellegrini had a brief spell back at Palestino before he was bought by Ecuadorian club LDU Quito.

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Manuel Pellegrini managed the club to a national title in 1999, starting a tradition of coaches that followed him to the Ecuadorian team.

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Manuel Pellegrini gave the club a good run in the Copa Libertadores, catching the eye of other South American managers.

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Manuel Pellegrini joined Argentine club San Lorenzo de Almagro in 2001 and led them to their first international title in the Copa Mercosur.

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Manuel Pellegrini was recommended to the club by San Lorenzo icon Nestor Gorosito, who had worked with Pellegrini at Universidad Catolica.

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The recommendation paid dividends as Manuel Pellegrini led San Lorenzo to victory in the Argentine Clausura and the Copa Mercosur, South America's UEFA Cup equivalent.

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Manuel Pellegrini managed Argentine club River Plate from 2002 to 2003 and secured the Clausura championships in 2003, in which he utilised the talents of Andres D'Alessandro, one of many Argentine playmakers to have been likened to Diego Maradona.

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Manuel Pellegrini took over the managerial duties of Villarreal CF on 1 July 2004.

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On 1 June 2009, Manuel Pellegrini was appointed as manager of Real Madrid, signing a two-year contract.

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In July 2009, Manuel Pellegrini competed in his first cup for the club as manager, the Peace Cup 2009.

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On 26 May 2010, Real Madrid's directors announced that Manuel Pellegrini was being dismissed, to be replaced by Mourinho, but that they would have kept him if the opportunity to hire Mourinho had not arisen.

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Manuel Pellegrini eventually signed for La Liga club Malaga on a three-year contract, their coach Jesualdo Ferreira having been dismissed.

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On 10 August 2012, Manuel Pellegrini publicly stated his desire to stay at the club despite its ongoing financial problems and the loss of key players such as Santi Cazorla and Jose Salomon Rondon.

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On 22 May 2013, at Malaga's end-of-season award ceremony, Manuel Pellegrini announced he would leave the club at the end of the season with Malaga finishing sixth and excluded from Europe due to Financial Fair Play.

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On 30 May 2013, Manuel Pellegrini stated he had a verbal agreement to become the new manager of Premier League club Manchester City.

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Manuel Pellegrini had won the Premier League manager of the month for December 2013 and was roundly praised for his attacking managerial style, calm demeanor, and excellent man management.

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On 7 August 2015, Manchester City announced that Manuel Pellegrini had signed a one-year contract extension, which would keep him with the club until June 2016.

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Manuel Pellegrini left Manchester City with the fifth-highest win percentage in Premier League history.

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On 27 August 2016, Manuel Pellegrini was named manager of Chinese Super League club Hebei China Fortune, replacing Li Tie.

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West Ham broke their transfer record twice under Manuel Pellegrini, paying £36 million for Felipe Anderson in 2018 and £45 million for striker Sebastien Haller in 2019.

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Manuel Pellegrini's son, Manuel Pellegrini Pucci, is a traumatologist who works in the medical staff of Audax Italiano since 2022.

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