Atlanta United FC names Gerardo “Tata” Martino head coach


Atlanta United FC is making more moves in preparation for its 2017 inaugural season. Tuesday morning, former Barcelona and Argentina coach Gerardo “Tata” Martino was named United FC’s first head coach.

Atlanta United FC now has its first ever head coach, Gerardo “Tata” Martino. He has been out of work since resigning as Argentina’s manager after the 2016 Copa America Centenario, and is now ready to lead a team in an “evolving league.”

Martino is not only a coach at the highest levels of international football, but also a former professional player himself. At 53 years old, Martino has a 20 year coaching history. Most recently, he managed the Argentina National Team from 2014-2016, leading them back to the No. 1 FIFA World ranking in July 2015. In addition to the Argentina National Team, Martino also managed the Paraguay National Team (2006-11) as well as La Liga’s FC Barcelona (2013-14), and Newell’s Old Boys (2011-13).

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ATL UTD President Eales on Martino:

"“We are delighted that a manager of Gerardo’s caliber and pedigree will be leading our team into our inaugural season,” said Atlanta United President Darren Eales. “His deep experience and success at both the club and international levels speak for itself, and his vision and approach aligns very well with our club philosophy. We’re confident in his ability to help build a winning culture both on and off the pitch.” – VIA"

Martino on being named first head coach:

"“I’m very happy to join Atlanta United as the first head coach in club history” Martino said. “This is an exciting time for MLS and I’m looking forward to the challenge of leading a team in an evolving league. Atlanta United is a first-rate organization, and I’m very eager to get working and build one of the top clubs in MLS.” –VIA"

Bocanegra on Martino:

"“Gerardo’s teams have always been organized and have displayed a fast and fluid style that aligns with how we intend to play,” said Atlanta United Technical Director Carlos Bocanegra. “He’s also demonstrated a commitment to youth soccer, consistently proving his ability to enhance the progression of younger players. He’s a great fit for our club and I look forward to working with him to build a successful club.” – VIA"

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Martino will be introduced to the media on Wednesday, Sept. 28 at 10AM ET. The news conference will take place in downtown Atlanta and will be streamed live on the Atlanta United FC Facebook page, Welcome to Atlanta, Coach Tata Martino!