Jorge Luis Sampaoli Moya (Spanish pronunciation: [ˈxorxe sampaˈoli]; born 13 March 1960) is an Argentine football manager, currently coaching the Chile national football team. Sampaoli started out as a youth player and eventually switched to management due to a severe injury. Sampaoli started with an impressive managerial period at Coronel Bolognesi in 2006, and then again with a brief but successful period at O’Higgins and Emelec.
Sampaoli definitively consecrated as a head coach in 2011 and 2012 with Universidad de Chile, winning three league titles and the Copa Sudamericana championship. This success led him to coach the Chilean men’s national team in 2013, replacing the previous coach. He led the Chilean national football team to their first Copa América title, after defeating Argentina in the final in the 2015 edition in home. He is well known for his attack tactics, similar to those of Marcelo Bielsa according to the press and fans alike.
He was born in Casilda, a small town located in Caseros Department of Santa Fe Province. In his youth, Sampaoli was very passionate about football, playing for amateur sides in his hometown league, and then joining the Newell’s Old Boys youth ranks, where he suffered a tibia and fibula injury in 1979, forcing his retirement at the age of 19.
After his injury, Sampaoli decided to start his managerial career at Alumni de Casilda in 1994. Two seasons later, he led Belgrano de Arequito to the championship. During the same season, the authorities forbade him access to the stadium. A photo of the scene appeared in the Rosario newspaper La Capital, drawing attention of his former club (Newell’s) president Eduardo José López, who offered him the chance to coach their reserve club Argentino de Rosario. The argentinian won two more championships in Casilda with Aprendices Casildenses in 1999 and 2000.