Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino, 60, the coach of the Mexican national football team, revealed to Fox Soccer that his contract was terminated after the match against Saudi Arabia, which saw the El Tri going out of the FIFA World Cup in the group stage despite a win. This was the first time since 1978 that Mexico have been eliminated from the World Cup group stage.
Who is Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino?
Gerardo ‘Tata’ Martino is an Argentine football coach. He was born in Rosario, which is also the hometown of Lionel Messi and Ernesto ‘Che’ Guevara, on November 20, 1962.
In his footballing career, Martino played for Newell’s Old Boys, Tenerife, Lanus, O’Higgins, and Barcelona. He made one appearance for the Argentine national team.
Martino’s contract with Mexico was for four years, with the total salary being reportedly $8.8 million. He had joined the side as head coach on January 7, 2019.
Martino is 60 years old.
The former Mexico national team coach is of Argentine nationality.
Martino has managed a number of teams during his coaching career, most prominently Newell’s Old Boys, the Argentine national team, Barcelona, and the Mexican national team.
Under his management, Barcelona ended the 2013-14 season as La Liga as well as Copa Del Rey runners-up.
As a coach of Argentina, Martino took the team to two consecutive Copa America finals in 2015 and 2016. However, they ended up losing on both occasions against Chile on penalties. These were two of the three losses in 29 games La Albiceleste suffered under Martino.
Wife and children
Tata Martino is married to Maria Alejandra. The couple are parents to three children, Gerardo Andres Martino Jr., Maria Celeste Martino, and Maria Noel Martino.