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Marcelo Bielsa is one of the most revered, enigmatic and staggeringly well-travelled coaches in all of world football. The Argentine, born in Rosario 1955, now finds himself in the Championship as the manager of Leeds United where he is about to embark on his second season at the helm.

As a player, Bielsa's time was relatively unremarkable. He played to a respectable level in his short career, turning out for Newell's Old Boys, Instituto and Argentino; but it was in coaching that Bielsa's footballing talents shone brightest. Newell's Old Boys was his first destination. One of the most famous clubs in his native Argentina, Old Boys was Bielsa's managerial home for two years during which he won several trophies and reaching the final of the Copa Libertadores, the South American equivalent of the Champions League. A start that was eventful and impressive in equal measure, indeed, but much more was to come.

In 1992 he would move to Mexico to coach Atlas and America during a six-year period. When he returned to Argentina, it was with Velez Sarsfield, the club with which he would win another domestic title in his first and only season with the side.

His already impressive CV earned him a move to Spain where he would coach Catalan club Espanyol. However, his tenure in charge of the team was brief as he soon received an offer to coach the Argentinean national side. Bielsa's reign with Argentina was eventful. In his first major tournament, the 1999 Copa America, Argentina were unable to make it past the quarter-finals after defeat to arch-rivals Brazil. At the 2002 World Cup, they fell at the same hurdle. Their fortunes improved two years on when they reached the final of the Copa America, only to be defeated again by Brazil. Bielsa's first taste of real international success came when his side triumphed at the 2004 Olympic games - after the games, Bielsa resigned. He entered a three-year self-imposed hiatus from the game.

Bielsa returned to football in 2007, again on the international stage where he would take charge of Chile until 2011. It was here that Bielsa's tactical ingenuity really came to the fore; he would often employ bizarre formations - the 3-3-1-2 has become known as 'the Bielsa' - and set his teams up in ways which, because they had previously been unheard of, would unnerve the opposition. Chile had missed out on qualifying for the previous two World Cups but, under Bielsa, they were a team reborn. They qualified at a canter and, although they were unable to get out of a very tough group stage in the finals of the competition, Bielsa was a universally popular figure in Chile. He resigned as manager after a disagreement regarding the then-new appointment of the Chilean Football Association, Jorge Segovia.

To date, the Chile job was Bielsa's last in international football. He moved back to Spain, where his time at Espanyol had unfortunately been cut short, with Basque club Athletico Bilbao. Bielsa's time back in Spain was mixed. There were some dramatic highlights, such as beating Manchester United over two legs in the Europa League and going on to reach the final of the competition. However, the following season in 2012/13 was a poor one - Bilbao finished in the bottom half of the table, a position which, for one of Spain's most prestigious clubs, was not good enough to keep Bielsa in a job. He left in June prior to the start of the next season.

Bielsa would have a year's break before returning, again to Europe but this time in France with Marseille. He stayed for a little over a season; they started 14/15 campaign promisingly but their form ebbed away as the season progressed and they ultimately finished in 4th place.

Bielsa moved on to Lazio, although his time was famously short. He left the club, astonishingly after just two days in charge. Bielsa cited a lack of backing in the transfer market as his reason. He then had another incredibly brief spell at Lille, lasting slightly longer this time: 13 games.

And then, at the start of last season, Bielsa was approached by the Championship's Leeds United. To call Bielsa's first campaign dramatic would be an understatement. Besides the 'Spygate' scandal and the now notorious Villa/Leeds dispute, Bielsa's Leeds were superb. At one point it looked like they would run away with the league. Sadly, for them, it wasn't to be. Leeds had to settle for third and were defeated by Derby County in the playoff semifinals. If last season is anything to go by then watching Bielsa take charge of Leeds once again in 2019/20 will be a treat. 


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