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Jose Pekerman

Jose Nestor Pekerman is an Argentine football coach. He is arguably the all-time most successful football coach of young teams, having won the FIFA World Youth Championship three times , and the South American Youth Championship (U20) twice (1997 and 1999). He coached the Argentina national football team in the 2006 World Cup. For 2009, he will coach Mexican club UANL Tigres after Manuel Lapuente was dismissed as coach

Pekerman's career as a footballer was uneventful. A midfielder, he played from 1970 to 1974 for Argentinos Juniors scoring 12 goals in 134 matches. He was transferred to Independiente Medellin, in Colombia, where he scored 15 goals in 101 matches.

His career as a player ended at age 28 with a serious knee injury. Pekerman was then forced to support himself and his family with various odd jobs, including a stint as a taxi driver.

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