Jorge Fossati

This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Fossati and the second or maternal family name is Lurachi.
Jorge Fossati
Personal information
Full name Jorge Daniel Fossati Lurachi
Date of birth (1952-11-22) 22 November 1952
Place of birth Montevideo, Uruguay
Playing position Goalkeeper
Club information
Current team
Qatar (manager)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1970–1972 Rampla Juniors
1972–1973 Central Español
1973–1980 Peñarol
1980–1981 Independiente
1982 Millonarios
1982–1983 Olimpia
1983–1985 Green Cross
1985–1987 Rosario Central
1987–1988 Mandiyú de Corrientes
1988–1989 Avaí
1989–1990 Coritiba
National team
1975–1985 Uruguay 3 (0)
Teams managed
1993–1995 River Plate Montevideo
1996 Peñarol
1997 Cerro Porteño
1998–2001 Danubio
2001–2002 Colón de Santa Fe
2002–2003 Danubio
2003–2004 LDU Quito
2004–2006 Uruguay
2006–2007 Al-Sadd
2007–2008 Qatar
2009 LDU Quito
2009–2010 Internacional
2010 Al-Shabab
2010–2012 Al-Sadd
2012–2013 Cerro Porteño
2013 Al Ain
2014–2015 Peñarol
2015–2016 Al Rayyan
2016– Qatar

* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.

Jorge Daniel Fossati Lurachi (born 22 November 1952 in Montevideo) is a former Uruguayan footballer and coach who currently manages Qatar. He was played as a goalkeeper, mainly in Peñarol. While playing at Peñarol, he helped the club win five league titles. He also had spells in Argentina with Independiente and Rosario Central, in Chile with Green Cross Temuco (currently Deportes Temuco) and with Brazilian team Coritiba.

He played for Mandiyú de Corrientes, of Argentina in 1987 and in 1988, and respectively played for Brazilian clubs Avaí in 1989, and Coritiba in 1990.[1]

Managerial career

Having played as a goalkeeper during his footballing tenure, Fossati states that he had the opportunity to view matches through the perspective of a spectator and the ability to interpret the plays. He began coaching his teammates as a goalkeeper, under the supervision of the coach. As he aged, he started to write analyses of the games and coaches, noting which facets he would have adjusted.[2]

After retiring as a player, Fossati decided to take up management. In the beginning, he had spells in charge of River Plate Montevideo Peñarol and Danubio F.C. in Uruguay. He also had spells as manager of Colón de Santa Fe in Argentina, Cerro Porteño in Paraguay and LDU Quito in Ecuador.

He became manager of the Uruguay National team in 2004.[3] He coached Al-Sadd in Qatar and after winning all four domestic titles with them, was unveiled as the new Qatari national team manager in 2007.[4] In late 2008, it was announced that he would undergo surgery. Subsequently, the Qatar FA ended their cooperation with Fossati, who supposedly needed too long to recover from surgery.

In 2009, Fossati signed with LDU Quito from Ecuador to manage the team for the second time. He helped LDU Quito win the Recopa Sudamericana 2009 matches against Sport Club Internacional de Porto Alegre. LDU Quito won both games of the Recopa 1–0 and 3–0, respectively. This gave LDU Quito their second international title. After that he led them in the 2009 Peace Cup held in Spain. LDU were drawn in Group B, along with Spanish giants Real Madrid and Saudi outfit Al-Ittihad.[5] Although LDU won defeated Al-Ittihad 3–1 in their first game, they bowed out of the competition after losing 2–4 to Real Madrid, a match which saw Cristiano Ronaldo's first goal for Real Madrid.

After Internacional and Mário Sergio parted ways, as per their previous agreement, the Brazilian club turned to the foreign market in South America and reached a deal with Fossati. He is fluent in Portuguese and lived in Brazil during the 1980s. On 13 December 2009, Fossati left LDU Quito to join Internacional for one year, Following negative results, Fossati was fired from Sport Club Internacional on 28 May after a long meeting with club officials. After that, he was named as head coach of Al-Shabab and was nearly reached last season's AFC Champions League semi-finals with the team. He was sacked by Al-Shabab in December 2010, but returned for another crack at the continental title, after being put in charge of Al-Sadd for a second time between 2010 to 2012 and won the Asian Championship in 2011 in a dramatic campaign. He left Al-Sadd on 19 May 2012 and joined Club Cerro Porteño after just 24 hours.

On 26 July 2013, he signed a two years contract with United Arab Emirates champions Al Ain to replace with Cosmin Olăroiu.



Fossati after winning AFC Champions League in 2011.


Rosario Central
Avaí Futebol Clube


LDU Quito
Cerro Porteño




  1. "El debut de Jorge Fossati" (in Spanish). Ten Field Digital. 1 June 2004. Retrieved 27 August 2008.
  2. "In my past I find the recognition I'm looking for". Qatar Stars League. 19 February 2012. Archived from the original on 4 March 2012.
  3. BBC Football
  4. FIFA
Awards and achievements
Preceded by
Shin Tae-Yong
AFC Champions League Winning Coach
Succeeded by
Kim Ho-Gon
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