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Factbox of Chile soccer coach Marcelo Bielsa
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11:31, August 11, 2007

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Following are the factbox on Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, who was named coach of Chile on Friday:

Born in Rosario, Santa Fe province, on 21 July 1955.

Played only four first division matches before an undistinguished career as a central defender with Newell's Old Boys in his home city of Rosario was brought to a premature end by a knee injury when he was 25.

His senior coaching career also began at Newell's Old Boys, the team he steered to the Argentina championship in his first full season in charge in 1990/91, adding the Clausura title and reaching the Libertadores Cup final in 1992.

After spells with Mexican clubs Atlas and America, followed by another Argentine Clausura title with Velez Sarsfield, he joined Espanyol in Spain but within weeks had made use of a clause in his contract allowing him a quick exit to take charge of Argentina.

Bielsa's record in the South American qualifying campaign for the 2002 World Cup was good with 13 wins and one defeat in 18 matches but his team, favourites to lift the title in Asia, crashed out in the group stage following a 1-0 defeat by England.

He was surprisingly given a second chance with his re-appointment two months later and steered a promising young Argentine side to the 2004 Copa America final in Peru and, with few changes in personnel, the Olympic gold medal in Athens.

Bielsa unexpectedly resigned, however, halfway through the qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup, saying he was tired of the pressure of the job and disappeared from public view until his recent emergence as a candidate for the Chile job.

Source: Xinhua



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