A former defender, Oscar Tabarez started his managerial career as a youth coach. Danubio was his first assignment as senior head coach, before he won the Copa Libertadores with Penarol in 1987. Tabarez later took charge of the Uruguay national team for a two-year spell that included participating in the Copa America 1989 and the 1990 World Cup.
He returned to club management in Argentina with Boca Juniors, winning two national titles (league and cup). He then started his European adventure by guiding Cagliari and AC Milan in Italy and Oviedo in Spain, before returning to Argentina with Velez Sarsfield and later Boca. He was reappointed as coach of La Celeste in 2006 and took part in four Copa Americas, winning the 2011 edition, as well as two World Cups (2010 and 2014, finishing fourth in the former), one Confederations Cup (2013) and the Men’s Olympic Football Tournament London 2012.