Date of birth: 16 September 1953
Playing career: CF Universidad de Chile
Coaching career: CF Universidad de Chile, CD Palestino (three times), Chile Under-20, CD O'Higgins, CD Universidad Católica, LDU de Quito, CA San Lorenzo de Almagro, CA River Plate, Villarreal CF, Real Madrid CF, Málaga CF, Manchester City FC
• The former centre-back began his coaching career in 1988 with the sole club of his playing days, Universidad de Chile, before spending the next 16 years working with sides in Chile, Ecuador and Argentina.
• Took over at Villarreal in 2004, guiding them to third place in the Liga in his debut season and securing a place in the UEFA Champions League for the first time. His side also reached the quarter-finals of the UEFA Cup.
• The following campaign, Villarreal defied all expectations by reaching the UEFA Champions League semi-finals, where they lost 1-0 on aggregate to Arsenal FC. Guided the club to second place in the 2007/08 Liga, a club record, and the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals the following season, again being knocked out by Arsenal.
• Signed a two-year contract with Real Madrid on 2 June 2009, the Merengues winning a then club record 96 points in the Liga but still finishing second behind FC Barcelona, prompting Pellegrini's dismissal in May 2010
• That November he succeeded Jesualdo Ferreira as coach of Málaga and in the following campaign oversaw a fourth-placed league finish, the club's best ever. In an echo of his feats with Villarreal, he then took the Andalusian team through UEFA Champions League qualifying and all the way to the quarter-finals. In summer 2013, joined Manchester City on a three-year deal to replace Roberto Mancini.
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