Before his coaching career : Manuel PELLEGRINI

Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti is a Chilean former footballer, he played centre-back. If everybody knows him as he current manager of English Premier League side Manchester City and also because he has managed many famous teams mostly in Spain and Argentina (San Lorenzo, River Plate, Villareal, Real Madrid...) however few people in Europe know he was a competent footballer. From 1973 to 1986 he made his entire career in the second best team in the country, Universidad Chile. With this club based in his native city (Santiago, Chile), Pellegrini played 451 games with the professional team in Chile first division, scored only one goal and received seven red cards. Universidad Chile is his club, he played for all the young teams category, then he played all his professional career with this team and after retiring as a player, he moved into coaching in his former club ! He was an international player with 28 caps. 

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