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Jorge Fossati

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fossati and the second or maternal family name is Lurachi.
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Jorge Fossati
Full nameJorge Daniel Fossati Lurachi
Date of birth (1952-11-22) 22 November 1952 (age 63)
Place of birthMontevideo, Uruguay
Playing positionGoalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Peñarol (manager)
Senior career*
YearsTeamApps(Gls)
1970–1972Rampla Juniors
1972–1973Central Español
1973–1980Peñarol
1980–1981Independiente
1982Millonarios
1982–1983Olimpia
1983–1985Green Cross
1985–1987Rosario Central
1987–1988Mandiyú de Corrientes
1988–1989Avaí
1989–1990Coritiba
National team
1975–1985Uruguay3(0)
Teams managed
1993–1995River Plate Montevideo
1996Peñarol
1997Cerro Porteño
1998–2001Danubio
2001–2002Colón de Santa Fe
2002–2003Danubio
2003–2004LDU Quito
2004–2006Uruguay
2006–2007Al-Sadd
2007–2008Qatar
2009LDU Quito
2009–2010Internacional
2010Al-Shabab
2010–2012Al-Sadd
2012–2013Cerro Porteño
2013Al Ain
2014Peñarol

Jorge Daniel Fossati Lurachi (born 22 November 1952 in Montevideo) is a former Uruguayan footballer and coach who currently manages Peñarol. He was played as a goalkeeper, mainly in Peñarol. While playing at Peñarol, he helped the club win five league titles. He also had spells in Argentina with Independiente and Rosario Central, in Chile with Green Cross Temuco (currently Deportes Temuco) and with Brazilian team Coritiba.

He played for Mandiyú de Corrientes, of Argentina in 1987 and in 1988, and respectively played for Brazilian clubs Avaí in 1989, and Coritiba in 1990.[1]

Managerial career

Being a goalkeeper for a major club gave Fossati the opportunity to watch the game in the eyes of a spectator and the ability to read the game. He started coaching his teammates from behind, within the guidelines of the coach. Once he got older he started to write analysis of the games, analysis of the coaches, and write down what he would have done differently. Then he knew where his future lied.[2]

After retiring as a player, Fossati decided to take up management. In the beginning, he had spells in charge of River Plate Montevideo Peñarol and Danubio F.C. in Uruguay. He also had spells as manager of Colón de Santa Fe in Argentina, Cerro Porteño in Paraguay and LDU Quito in Ecuador.

He became manager of the Uruguayan national team in 2004.[3] He coached Al-Sadd in Qatar and after winning all four domestic titles with them, was unveiled as the new Qatari national team manager in 2007.[4] In late 2008, it was announced that he would undergo surgery. Subsequently, the Qatar FA ended their cooperation with Fossati, who supposedly needed too long to recover from surgery.

In 2009, Fossati signed with LDU Quito from Ecuador to manage the team for the second time. He helped LDU Quito win the Recopa Sudamericana 2009 matches against Sport Club Internacional de Porto Alegre. LDU Quito won both games of the Recopa 1–0 and 3–0, respectively. This gave LDU Quito their second international title. After that he led them in the 2009 Peace Cup held in Spain. LDU were drawn in Group B, along with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Saudi outfit Al-Ittihad.[5] Although LDU won defeated Al-Ittihad 3–1 in their first game, they bowed out of the competition after losing 2–4 to Real Madrid, a match which saw Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal for Real Madrid.

After Internacional and Mário Sergio parted ways, as per their previous agreement, the Brazilian club turned to the foreign market in South America and reached a deal with Fossati. He is fluent in Portuguese and lived in Brazil during the 1980s. On 13 December 2009, Fossati left LDU Quito to join Internacional for one year, Following negative results, Fossati was fired from Sport Club Internacional on 28 May after a long meeting with club officials. After that, he was named as head coach of Al-Shabab and was nearly reached last season's AFC Champions League semi-finals with the team. He was sacked by Al-Shabab in December 2010, but returned for another crack at the continental title, after being put in charge of Al-Sadd for a second time between 2010 to 2012 and won the Asian Championship in 2011 in a dramatic campaign. He left Al-Sadd on 19 May 2012 and joined Club Cerro Porteño after just 24 hours.

On 26 July 2013, he signed a two years contract with United Arab Emirates champions Al Ain to replace with Cosmin Olăroiu.

Honours

Player

Club

Peñarol
Olimpia
Rosario Central
Avaí Futebol Clube

Manager

Club

Peñarol
LDU Quito
Al-Sadd
Cerro Porteño

International

Uruguay

References

  1. ^ "El debut de Jorge Fossati" (in Spanish). Ten Field Digital. 1 June 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2008. [dead link]
  2. ^ QSL.com.qa – In my past I find the recognition I’m looking for
  3. ^ BBC Football
  4. ^ FIFA
  5. ^ [1]
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shin Tae-Yong
AFC Champions League Winning Coach
2011
Succeeded by
Kim Ho-Gon