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Rafael Pedro Bielsa


Facts of Rafael Pedro Bielsa

Full NameRafael Pedro Bielsa
First NameRafael
Middle NamePedro
Last NameBielsa
ProfessionCelebrity Father
Birth CountryArgentina
Father NameRafael
Gender IdentityMale
Sexual Orientationstraight
Marital StatusMarried
SpouseLidia Caldera
No Of Children3

Rafael Pedro Bielsa, nickname "El Turco" (the Turk), rose to fame as the father of an Argentine professional football manager, Marcelo Bielsa. He is currently the head coach of Premier League Club Leeds United.  

Rafael Pedro was named after his father, Rafael, a leading lawyer of South America and a dean of Litoral University in Santa Fe

He followed his father's footsteps and became a lawyer, and worked at his father's office during his early years. 

Married life

Rafael Pedro was married to his wife, Lidia Caldera. Lidia was a history teacher. According to the sources, Lidia belonged to a more working-class family background than Rafael. 

Both of them were living a blissful married life until Rafael's demise in 2014. He took his last breath on the 9th of March, 2014, and he was buried in La Piedad Cemetery.

His wife was influential in shaping Marcelo's career

Rafael Pedro Bielsa son Marcelo Bielsa during his playing career.
Rafael Pedro Bielsa son Marcelo Bielsa during his playing career. Source: Instagram

From a very early age, football became Marcelo's religion. Despite being born in a family of professionals, Marcelo confessed to never being opposed by his family members on his vocations.

His wife was influential in shaping her son Marcelo's career. According to Marcelo, his mother was fundamental in his life, and no effort was sufficient for her. 

She would go to the local newsagents to collect the daily newspapers and Argentina's weekly sporting bible that would help her son understand football more closely from his early days.

Rafael Pedro Bielsa son Marcelo Bielsa as a coach.
Rafael Pedro Bielsa son Marcelo Bielsa as a coach. Source: Instagram

His son went against him by playing for the rivalry team

Rafael Pedro had been a long-time supporter of Rosario Central and wished his son to play for the team. 

But instead of playing for his supporting team, Marcelo chose to play for his father's rival team Newell's Old Boys

The reason behind not attended any of his son's matches was because it was his rival team. 

Giving an interview in 1998, he confessed to never having seen his son play and his coaching.

It was not that he did not like football but was a Central fan at the same time preferred football based on less tutelage and pressure. 

The topic would be discussed whenever Marcelo would come home and every time he would answer, telling that he needs to train his teams to win.

A proud father of his three children

He is the father to his three children, two sons Marcelo and Rafael, and a daughter Maria Eugenia Bielsa. 

His first-born Rafael was born in 1953, Marcelo in 1955, and his daughter Maria Eugenia in 1958

Rafael Pedro Bielsa elder son Rafael Bielsa.
Rafael Pedro Bielsa elder son Rafael Bielsa. Source: YouTube

Maria, in 2004, confessed that her father wanted her to choose a career of an accountant while her mother wanted to see her as a University student, but she wished to become architecture. 

Maria introduced her brother to his future wife Laura Bracalenti, her fellow architect. 

Growing up in a family of politicians, lawyers, and diplomats, Rafael and Maria chose their careers in the same field.  

Rafael is Argentina's ambassador to Chile, while Maria is a Justicialist party politician, having previously served as a vice-governor of Santa Fe.   

Rafael Pedro Bielsa daughter Maria Eugenia Bielsa.
Rafael Pedro Bielsa daughter Maria Eugenia Bielsa. Source: Instagram

Net Worth

As a former player, Marcelo played as a defender for Newell's Old Boys, Instituto, and Argentino De Rosario before retiring at the age of 25 to pursue his dream of becoming a manager. 

His managerial career began as a youth coach at Newell's Old Boys, followed by Argentina national team, Chile national team, Athletic Bilbao, Marseille, Lazio, Lille, and Leeds United in 2018

From his stunning football career, he has amassed the net worth of:

Net Worth Source
$5million - $8million Football Coach, Former Footballer


  1. The exact date of birth of Rafael Pedro Bielsa is not known.

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Updated On Wed Aug 11 2021 Published On Wed Aug 11 2021 By shaumya

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