Javier Mascherano, who was in charge of the Department of Methodology and Development of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), will assume in January 2022 as coach of the Argentine Under-20 team, the AFA announced on Thursday.
“This Thursday, President Claudio Tapia met with Javier Mascherano to define his relationship as the new Albiceleste U20 coach. The cycle will start from January 2022 and Mascherano will be accompanied by Professor Pablo Blanco as a physical trainer and Oscar Hernández Romero as technical assistant, “reported the governing body of Argentine soccer on its website.
Javier Mascherano, 37, played for River Plate, Corinthians, West Ham, Liverpool, Barcelona, Hebei Fortune and retired in November 2020 at Estudiantes de La Plata.
Almost two months later, in January of this year, he was announced as director of the Department of Methodology and Development. This will be the first experience of the ‘Jefecito’ as a technician.
“It is a joy for us to report that Javier Mascherano joins the project of national teams in charge of the Under-20 team. Nobody better than Javier to finish training our players in the last stage,” he wrote through social networks. President of the AFA, Claudio ‘Chiqui’ Tapia.
Mascherano will replace Fernando ‘Bocha’ Batista, who resigned last month after two years in office to be José Pekerman’s field assistant on the Venezuelan national team.