13 Facts About Marcelo Bielsa

1. Marcelo Bielsa played as a defender in Newell's Old Boys' First Division team, but retired when he was 25 to focus on coaching.

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2. Marcelo Bielsa developed his career as coach of Newell's Old Boys where he won several titles in the early 1990s, before moving to Mexico in 1992, briefly coaching Club Atlas and Club America.

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3. In 1980, after retiring from playing in football, Marcelo Bielsa decided to start a career as a football manager.

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4. Marcelo Bielsa managed the squad that competed in the final of the 1992 Copa Libertadores, losing to Sao Paulo on penalties.

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5. Marcelo Bielsa wanted them to pray for his team, which they continued to do.

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6. Marcelo Bielsa signed a two-year contract set to begin after the 2014 World Cup, thus becoming the club's first Argentine coach.

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7. On 24 May 2017, Marcelo Bielsa was unveiled as the new manager of Ligue 1 club Lille on a two-year contract.

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8. On 15 June 2018, Marcelo Bielsa became Championship club Leeds United's new head coach to replace Paul Heckingbottom, signing a two-year contract with the option of a third year.

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9. Marcelo Bielsa was nominated for the Championship Manager of the Month award for December 2018, but lost out to Hull City manager Nigel Adkins.

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10. On 28 April 2019, Marcelo Bielsa made one of the most contentious managerial calls of the Championship season in Leeds' penultimate league game against Aston Villa at Elland Road.

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11. On 27 February 2022, Leeds and Marcelo Bielsa parted ways after a streak of four consecutive losses across which Leeds conceded 17 goals, leaving them 16th in the table, two points above Burnley who had two games in hand.

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12. Marcelo Bielsa is known for watching and collecting numerous football videos to the point of obsession.

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13. Marcelo Bielsa is credited with the rise of the Leeds United and England international player Kalvin Phillips, with former Leeds United Manager Howard Wilkinson stating "Marcelo Bielsa can take huge credit for the player that Phillips has developed into".

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