MANCHESTER, England (AP) — Highlights in the career of Manuel Pellegrini, who has been hired as manager of Manchester City:
1953 — Born Sept. 16 in Santiago, Chile. 1973 — Begins 13-year playing career at Universidad de Chile. 1988 — Takes over at Universidad de Chile, his first coaching position. 1990 — Becomes coach of Palestino, also in Chile.
1992 — Hired as coach of Chilean team O'Higgins. 1993 — Takes over at Universidad Catolica, wins the 1994 Copa Interamerica and 1995 Chilean Cup. Leaves after two seasons in charge. 1998 — After a short spell back at Palestino, moves to Ecuadorian club Quito and wins the league title in his first season in charge.
2001 — Becomes San Lorenzo coach in Argentina and wins the Clausura league title and Copa Mercosur. 2003 — Hired as River Plate coach, also in Argentina, and wins the league title again in his only season.
2004 — Moves into European management when he takes over Spanish club Villarreal and leads team into Champions League in first season. 2006 — Reaches Champions League semifinals with Villarreal but loses to Arsenal.
2008 — Guides Villarreal to second place in La Liga, the club's highest finish. 2009 — Hired as coach of Real Madrid following return of president Florentino Perez. 2010 — Fired after Madrid finishes second in La Liga with then-record points tally of 96 points. Turns down chance to become coach of Mexico and instead takes over at Malaga and leads team into Champions League in first full season.
2013 — Guides Malaga to Champions League quarterfinals but eliminated by Borussia Dortmund after conceding two late goals. Announces at end of season he would leave the club and is hired as Manchester City manager.