Mauricio Roberto Pochettino Trossero – or quite simply ‘Poch’.
The man you know as the manager who took Spurs to the brink of European glory - the man that many a world-class player would thank for their own progression in the game, both in the Premier League and in Spain.
However, before there was Pochettino the manager, there was Pochettino the player. A no-nonsense defender, who burst into the game at just 17 years of age and who went on to spend some 10 years in La Liga – winning two Copa del Rey trophies along the way.
Here’s his career in kits.
Newell's Old Boys – 1989–1994
Scouted at just 14, by the director of football for Newell’s – Jorge Griffa - and the then reserve team coach, Marcelo Bielsa. Quickly making his mark by 16, he was placed in the first team for the Mar del Plata tournament and by the 1988-89 offered a full-time professional contract.
Pochettino soon earned himself a reputation for being reliable defender that suited Newell’s intense, fast-paced approach to the game. Bielsa’s coaching methods and football philosophy would go on to shape the young Argentine. In his five years at the club he was apart of the 1990-91 championship winning team, as wells the 199 Clausura.
The shirts Newell’s wore were tremendous – big bold sponsors framing the red and dark navy adidas kits. The training attire is stuff of vintage dreams by today’s standards and demand.