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Óscar Tabárez

Óscar Tabárez
Full nameÓscar Wáshington Tabárez Sclavo[1]
Date of birth (1947-03-03) 3 March 1947 (age 73)
Place of birthMontevideo, Uruguay
Playing positionDefender
Club information
Current team
Uruguay (manager)
Senior career*
1967–1971Sud América
1972–1973Sportivo Italiano
1975Montevideo Wanderers
1977–1979Bella Vista
Teams managed
1980–1983Bella Vista
1983Uruguay U20
1985–1986Montevideo Wanderers
1987Uruguay U20
1988Deportivo Cali
1991–1993Boca Juniors
2001Vélez Sársfield
2002Boca Juniors
2012Uruguay Olympic
This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Tabárez and the second or maternal family name is Sclavo.

Óscar Wáshington Tabárez Sclavo (American Spanish: [ˈoskar taˈβaɾes]; born 3 March 1947), known as El Maestro (The Teacher), is a Uruguayan football manager and former footballer, who played as a defender. He is currently the manager of the Uruguay national team.

After an unassuming career as a player and after working as a primary school teacher, he embarked on an extensive coaching career which has lasted more than 30 years and included coaching teams in Colombia, Argentina, Italy and Spain. Tabárez managed the Uruguay national football team from 1988–1990, returning to the job for a second time in 2006. He led the team to fourth place in the 2010 FIFA World Cup, and to victory in the 2011 Copa América.

Playing career

During his 12-year senior career, Tabárez played mainly for modest clubs, representing Sud América, Sportivo Italiano (Argentina), Montevideo Wanderers, Fénix, Puebla in Mexico and Bella Vista, retiring at the age of 32.

Managerial career

In 1980, a year after retiring as a player, Tabárez took up coaching at Bella Vista. The following year, he was named the Uruguay under-20s manager. He would coach the side on two separate occasions. He subsequently worked in many clubs in his country, without settling anywhere. However, in 1987, he led national giants C.A. Peñarol to their fifth Copa Libertadores, beating América de Cali. This success was fundamental in his appointment as manager of the Uruguayan national team, which he led to the Round of 16 of the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy, losing against the hosts. He later coached Argentine League giants Boca Juniors for two years.

In 1994 Tabárez moved to Italy to manage Serie A side Cagliari Calcio. After leading them to ninth place in the 1994–95 season, Tabárez was hired by A.C. Milan, but his spell would only last a few months: after an Italian Supercup defeat against ACF Fiorentina, at the San Siro, a 2–3 loss at against Piacenza Calcio for the league cost him his position. He was replaced by Arrigo Sacchi, and the Rossoneri eventually finished 11th.[2]

Tabárez then worked with Real Oviedo in Spain, with the Asturias club eventually only maintaining top division status in the promotion/relegation play-offs against UD Las Palmas, winning 4–3 on aggregate. He then returned to Cagliari, being sacked after one draw and three losses.

After two years in Argentina, with Club Atlético Vélez Sársfield and Boca, Tabárez spent four years away from football management. In 2006, after Uruguay had failed to qualify for three out of the preceding four FIFA World Cups, he took charge of the national team.[3] His first tournament saw the side take fourth place in the 2007 Copa América, in Venezuela.

After a successful play-off against Costa Rica, Tabárez and the Charrúas qualified for the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa,first winning group A,(Uruguay did not win its group since 1954 FIFA World Cup in Switzerland, 56 years later). In South Africa the national team reached the semi-finals for the first time in 40 years, only conceding five goals in six matches until that point. Uruguay ended the competition in fourth place, after a 2–3 defeat against Germany.[4]

In the 2011 Copa América Tabárez led Uruguay to its 15th victory in the tournament, with the national side winning three games and drawing three in Argentina, and only conceding three goals. This meant that Tabarez has led Uruguay to the most wins of any country ever in the Copa America. Between 2011 and 2012, Tabárez lead Uruguay unbeatable in 18 games, the national team record. Tábarez qualified Uruguay for 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil, this time after defeating Jordan in two play-off games, thus becoming the first Uruguayan manager to do so in two consecutives World Cups. After a defeat with Costa Rica (3–1), and two wins (2–1 vs England, 1–0 vs Italy), Uruguay reach the round of 16th, the third time for Tabárez with Uruguay in World Cup History. Besides, the Uruguayan team defeat a European opponent for the first time after 44 years, the last time defeating the Soviet Union in 1970 FIFA World Cup in Mexico. Tabárez is, by far, the Uruguay national football team manager with most games ever.

Uruguay record

First spell

      Win       Draw       Loss

Second spell

Uruguay Olympic Team 2012

Managerial record for the national teams

As of 18 November 2014.
Team Nat From To Record
G W D L GF GA GD Win %
Uruguay 23x15px 1988 1990 34 17 8 9 50 28 +22 50.00
2006 Present 116 57 33 26 198 124 +74 49.14
Uruguay Olympic team 2012 (Olympics) 6 3 1 2 10 8 +2 50.00
Total 156 77 42 37 258 160 +98 49.36




Boca Juniors




Personal life

Aside from his career in football, Tabárez also worked as a teacher.[8]


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  2. ^ "Leo avvisato: da Sacchi a Terim, al Milan o stelle o stalle" [Leo warned: from Sacchi to Terim, at Milan you either star or crash] (in Italian). Sky Italia. 3 September 2009. Retrieved 7 July 2010. 
  3. ^ "Away curse stalks Uruguay". 28 February 2008. Retrieved 7 April 2009. 
  4. ^ "Khedira completes comeback". ESPNsoccernet. 10 July 2010. Retrieved 14 July 2010. 
  5. ^ "SUB 23: URUGUAY Y EGIPTO EMPATARON 0:0". (in español). 25 April 2012. Retrieved 16 June 2012. 
  6. ^ "Uruguay encendió la llama con goles...". (in español). 11 July 2012. Retrieved 11 July 2012. 
  7. ^ "Uruguay se despidió con sonrisas". (in español). 15 July 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012. 
  8. ^ El Maestro seeks to restore the tradition of a forgotten footballing identity; The Guardian

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