Diego Cocca

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Diego Cocca
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Personal information
Full name Diego Martín Cocca
Date of birth (1972-02-11) 11 February 1972 (age 48)
Place of birth Buenos Aires, Argentina
Height 1.74 m (5 ft 9 in)
Playing position(s) Right back
Club information
Current team
Atlas (head coach)
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1990–1992 River Plate 25 (1)
1993 Deportivo Español 18 (0)
1994–1996 Ferro Carril Oeste 74 (0)
1996–1997 Lleida 11 (0)
1997–1999 Argentinos Juniors 72 (1)
1999–2001 Atlas 81 (1)
2001–2002 Banfield 48 (0)
2003–2004 Veracruz 50 (1)
2004 Banfield 18 (0)
2005 Querétaro
2005–2006 Argentinos Juniors 14 (0)
National team
1991 Argentina U20
Teams managed
2007–2008 C.A.I.
2008–2009 Godoy Cruz
2010 Gimnasia LP
2011 Santos Laguna
2011–2012 Huracán
2013–2014 Defensa y Justicia
2014–2015 Racing Club
2016 Millonarios
2017 Racing Club
2017–2018 Tijuana
2019–2020 Rosario Central
2020– Atlas
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only

Diego Martín Cocca (born 11 February 1972) is a former Argentine footballer and current manager. He played professional football for several clubs in Argentina, Spain and Mexico. Since 11 August 2020 he is the manager of Atlas F.C., team that plays in the Liga MX.[1]

Playing career[edit]


Cocca started his career with River Plate in 1990. He was part of the squad that won the Apertura 1991 title. Subsequently, the defender had spells with Deportivo Español and Ferro Carril Oeste in the Argentine Primera División, before joining UE Lleida in Spain for the 1996–97 season.

Cocca returned to Argentina in 1997 to play for Argentinos Juniors. In 1999, he went to Mexico to play for Atlas.

In his later career he had two spells with Banfield, and played for Veracruz and Querétaro in Mexico. He then returned to Argentinos Juniors in 2005. In 2006, he retired at the age of 34.[2]


In 1991 Cocca was selected to join the Argentina U20 team to play in the 1991 FIFA World Youth Championship.


Season Team Title
Apertura 1991 River Plate Primera División Argentina

As Manager[edit]


Managerial career[edit]

Cocca took his first step into management by taking over at Comisión de Actividades Infantiles in the Argentine second division.[3] On 29 October 2008, he took over managerial duties at first division team Godoy Cruz, after then-coach Daniel Oldrá stepped down to return to the club's youth divisions. On 3 November 2009, Cocca left Godoy Cruz.[4]

On 23 December 2009, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata hired Cocca as its coach on a one-year deal.[5] The former defender helped Gimnasia avoid relegation from the first division during the 2009–10 season, after defeating Atlético de Rafaela in the relegation playoff. However, Cocca resigned from his managerial duties after the 8th fixture of the 2010–11 season, due to the team's bad results during the start of the season.[6]

Cocca on 21 February 2011 was named manager of Mexican side Santos Laguna after coach Ruben Omar Romano was fired for making an insulting gesture to Santos fans after a defeat against Querétaro F.C..

On 4 September 2011, Cocca was sacked from his job as Santos Laguna manager after a series of defeats.[7]


  1. ^ "Diego Cocca es el nuevo estratega de La Academia". Atlas FC (in Spanish). 11 August 2020. Retrieved 11 August 2020.
  2. ^ (in Spanish) Argentine Primera statistics at Futbol XXI
  3. ^ (in Spanish) Olé article about becoming manager of CAI
  4. ^ Cambio de mando
  5. ^ Diego Cocca es el nuevo técnico de Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata
  6. ^ "Cocca se fue de Gimnasia". Cancha Llena (in Spanish). 2010-09-29. Retrieved 2010-09-29.
  7. ^ "Diego Cocca fue cesado de Santos Laguna" (in Spanish). 2011-09-04. Retrieved 2011-09-05.

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