The Argentinian Humberto Grondona, a respected playmaker during the ‘80s, has forged a successful career as a head coach both in his country’s top flight and at national youth level.
The Argentinian Humberto Grondona, a creative midfielder who played top-flight football in his homeland in the 1980s, has forged a successful career as a head coach both in his country’s first division and at national youth level. Among the clubs he represented as a player were Arsenal de Sarandi, Tigre and Deportivo Moron, although it was as a coach that he really made his name.
In 1988, barely a month after hanging up his boots he took charge of Deportivo Armenio. This was to be the start of a long coaching career which included, among other achievements, runners-up spot in the South American Supercopa with Racing Club and victory in the same competition as coaching adviser to Miguel Angel Lopez at Independiente in 1995. At youth level, Grondona won six titles with Uruguay's Nacional and took charge of the Mexican national teams between 2001 and 2005, before accepting various roles in Brazil with Santos and Corinthians.
At national level in Argentina, Grondona worked with Carlos Bilardo between 1983 and 1990, a period in which La Albiceleste reached two consecutive Finals at the FIFA World Cup™, claiming victory in 1986. Currently he holds the position of Assistant Director to the National Teams and finds himself back at the game’s showpiece event in his capacity as a member of FIFA’s Technical Study Group – a post he also filled at last year’s FIFA U-17 World Cup in Nigeria.
1978: Deportivo Morón
1979 – 1980: Arsenal
1981: Comodoro Rivadavia
1982 – 1983: Gimnasia y Esgrima de Tandil
1984: El León General Madariaga
1985 – 1986: Arsenal
1987 – 1988: Deportivo Norte de Mar del Plata
1988: Deportivo Armenio
1989: Deportivo Mandiyu
1992: Racing de Avellaneda
1994: Nacional, Uruguay (youth)
1995: Arsenal de Sarandi
1995 - 1996: Club Atletico Independiente
1996 - 1998: Godoy Cruz de Mendoza
1998 - 2001: Universitario de Peru
2001 – 2005: Mexico's national youth teams
2005: Santos FC, Brazil – President Consultant and coach of Santos B
2006: Corinthians, Brazil – Footballing supervisor both Professional and youth level
2007 - 2008: Talleres de Córdoba
2009: Sub-Director of National Teams of Argentina