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Mauricio Andres Pellegrino is a former Argentine footballer, who played as a central defender, and a current coach.
Pellegrino played for Club Atletico Velez Sarsfield during a large portion of the 90's, as the Buenos Aires-based lived its golden era. In 1998-99, he had his first abroad experience, joining Louis van Gaal's FC Barcelona; he made his Spanish first division debut on September 12, in a 1-0 win against CF Extremadura, and would be fairly used during the campaign, which ended with league conquest.
Pellegrino had his best years with another Spanish side, Valencia CF, partnering countryman Roberto Ayala in the heart of the back-four, while helping the Che to two league titles during his tenure, with the addition of the 2004 UEFA Cup. His main dark spot occurred during the 2001 UEFA Champions League final, as he missed the decisive penalty shootout attempt against FC Bayern Munich, in an eventual loss. Overall though in his several years at Valencia he was a very big fan favourite and played a key role in Valencia's success.
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