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Manuel Pellegrini
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Pellegrini as manager of West Ham United in 2019
Personal information
Full name Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti
Date of birth 16 September 1953 (1953-09-16) (age 68)
Place of birth Santiago, Chile
Height 1.84 m
Playing position Centre-back
Club information
Current club Real Betis (manager)
Youth career
Audax Italiano
Universidad de Chile
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1973–1986 Universidad de Chile 315 (7)
Total 315 (7)
National team
1986 Chile 1 (0)
Teams managed
1988–1989 Universidad de Chile
1990–1991 Palestino
1992–1993 O'Higgins
1994–1996 Universidad Católica
1998 Palestino
1999–2000 LDU Quito
2001–2002 San Lorenzo
2002–2003 River Plate
2004–2009 Villarreal
2009–2010 Real Madrid
2010–2013 Málaga
2013–2016 Manchester City
2016–2018 Hebei China Fortune
2018–2019 West Ham United
2020– Real Betis
  • Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Manuel Luis Pellegrini Ripamonti ( born 16 September 1953) is a Chilean professional football manager and former player who is the manager of Real Betis. As a coach, he has managed teams in Spain, England, Argentina, Chile, China and Ecuador. Pellegrini has won national leagues in four countries.

Pellegrini moved to Europe in 2004 to take the manager's post at Spanish side Villarreal. Under Pellegrini, Villarreal achieved a third-place finish in La Liga in 2004–05, a Champions League semi-final in 2005–06, and broke the big two in 2008 with a second-place finish in La Liga in 2007–08.

Pellegrini's consistent record at Villarreal attracted the attention of Real Madrid and he was appointed manager there in 2009. He amassed a total of 96 points, a club record until it was surpassed by José Mourinho in the 2011–12 season, but lost the title to Barcelona by three points. He was dismissed after one season and later lamented the Galácticos policy employed at Real which prevented him from building a balanced team.

Pellegrini took up the manager's role at Málaga in November 2010. He led Málaga to a fourth-place finish in his first full season and to qualification for the UEFA Champions League. He made it to the quarter-finals of the 2012–13 Champions League, becoming the only coach to take two teams to the Champions League quarter-finals in their debut seasons in the competition. On 22 May 2013, Pellegrini confirmed he would leave Málaga at the end of the 2012–13 La Liga season. On 14 June 2013, he was appointed manager of Manchester City, and won the Football League Cup and Premier League in his first season as manager, in the process becoming the first manager from outside Europe to manage a team to the English Premier League title. The title winning season was also noted for goal scoring prowess with Manchester City scoring 151 goals in all competitions – an English football record. Pellegrini also managed to take Manchester City to their first ever semi-final in Champions League in 2015–16, which was his last season after finishing in fourth-place with 66 points. He managed Hebei China Fortune from 2016 to 2018 before leaving the position in May. He 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. On 9 July 2020 Spanish club Real Betis announced that he would be managing the side for the 2020–21 season.

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