He has coached the Argentina U-20 team and was the manager of the senior team in the 2006 FIFA World Cup. He has been coaching Colombia National Team since 2012 and has managed the team in 2 FIFA World Cup editions.
Jose Pekerman was born on 3 September 1949 on Villa Dominguez, Argentina. He is of Argentina nationality.
He started his playing career with the youth team of Argentian football club, Argentinos Juniors and later joined the main team in 1970.
Pekerman later played for Colombian football club, Independiente Medellin in 1974 and at the age of 28, he ended his career after suffering from a knee injury.
He even worked as a taxi driver before turning to coach.
His salary serving as the coach for Colombia national team is around €1 .5 million as of 27 January 2018. He is one of the highly paid managers in the tournament with German coach Joachim Low being the highest paid.
Similarly, his salary was reported to be $1,678, 450 which he received from Columbia after helping Colombia reach the quarterfinals at the 2014 FIFA World Cup.
The Best South American Coach for three successive years from 2012 to 2014, Jose Pekerman is estimated to have the net worth over $ 5 million combined with his salary, earning, bonus and endorsement deals.
Initially, he began his coaching career with the youth club of the Argentian team, Chacarita Juniors and later on was appointed as the coach of Argentinos Juniors.
He, later on, took on the position of a coach of Argentina under 20 team in 1994 and led them to FIFA World Youth Championship and South American Youth Championship in their levels.
He coached several Mexican football clubs such as Toluca and Tigres UANL and is currently serving as the head coach of Colombian national team in early 2012.
He is of Jewish origin and was granted a naturalized citizenship of Colombia by the President Juan Manuel Santos following Colombia qualifying for 2014 FIFA World Cup.
Talking about his personal life, he is reported to be shy and reserved man who soles concentrates on the game and is rarely been seen in any sorts of controversy and scandals.
He is a happily married man. Jose is married to his wife, Matilde Michelin and the couple is blessed with 2 daughters named Ivana Pekerman and Vanessa Pekerman.