In the footsteps of the Scaloneta | Brazil and Peru were the only ones that did not have an Argentine coach

In the footsteps of the Scaloneta |  Brazil and Peru were the only ones that did not have an Argentine coach

Although 2023 was the year of confirmed romance between the Scaloneta and the Argentine fans, it is worth saying that Lionel Scaloni was not the only one who stole glances in this season of fascination with the albiceleste. It happens that the South American football reality was dyed in the colors of our country during 2023, to make this year a record time in which eight of the ten teams that make up the Conmebol Qualifiers were led by Argentine coaches, a real sign of the time of love and sighs that national football generates.

Bielsa, the jewel of Uruguay

Running for a moment to Scaloni and fully entering the list of other Argentines who lead the destinies of South American football at the national team level, we find first – second in the Qualifiers table, to speak precisely – Marcelo Bielsa. The former Argentina coach and outstanding technical leader at the club level was announced on May 15 to take charge of the Uruguayan team, giving the Rosario man command of the football transition after the passing of Diego Alonso and after the historic era of Óscar Washington Tabárez .

Bielsa closed 2023 with a great image of his team, which won four of the six games played (lost one and tied one), including beating none other than Brazil and Argentina. “It is premature to say that Uruguay is better than Argentina and Brazil. I would say no, beyond the fact that we won those two games… Being better than the best requires a more lasting and consolidated process, with achievements,” said the former Newell’s, consulted for those triumphs. However, despite his recognized low profile, he had no choice but to recognize the good balance with which Uruguay closed this South American season: “We closed this stage well. In the six games there were high and low points. We consolidated a group of players and , since it is the first third of the qualifying rounds, the feelings are positive.

From Argentinos Juniors to the world

Only one point behind the Uruguayan team was Colombia, which says goodbye to 2023 with a pleasant third place thanks to its twelve points and an undefeated record with an albiceleste footprint: since the arrival of the Argentine Néstor Lorenzo, the coffee team added three wins and three draws this year and closed his time in the Qualifiers without having known defeat in his six appearances. One of those joys was none other than against Brazil, in an emotional match that Guajiro Lucho Díaz turned around with two great goals.

“With Colombia I want everything: I want to dream, for the players to dream, for the people to dream. I think there is a spectacular human group, we want to solidify in everything, in the game, in the character and in the enthusiasm,” were the words of the born in Argentinos Juniors to refer to the dream that leads the tricolor team. And in which, for now, everything is going as in the dream he talks about: since his debut on 9/25/2022, Lorenzo has 16 games without defeats, with 11 wins and 5 draws between friendlies and Qualifiers.

As in a mirror that looks for similarities and coincidences, Fernando Batista then appears, the former driver of the Argentine youth team who ended up in Venezuela and took charge of its senior team. And they are similar in two ways to Lorenzo: not only did they both emerge from Bicho de La Paternal, but they both grew in their technical career alongside José Pekerman, one as his assistant in Colombia for six years, in charge of the defensive work for the team (Lorenzo), and another (Batista) as an assistant to the Entre Ríos within his coaching staff in Venezuela. With Vinotinto, precisely, this year Batista achieved three draws, two wins and one defeat during his time in the 2023 qualifying season towards the 2026 World Cup.

The former San Lorenzo once referred to the “conviction” in which he worked with his team: “We are not afraid of anyone, we are going to play as equals because we have to believe in ourselves.” That work, in addition to seeing his team’s temporary fourth place in the Qualifiers, could be seen in the mentality of his players, such as midfielder Cristian Cásseres Jr., who after the last game of this year challenged everyone to respect Venezuela: “We are preparing to win. A draw is not enough for us, we want to win: that is what we are creating within this National Team.”

Scaloneta there is only one

Daniel Garnero is the one who continues the review of the Albiceleste coaches who set foot in South America every time there is a FIFA date. The former Independiente is the one chosen by the Paraguayan leadership to lead the destinies of its senior men’s team and is the only one of the current Argentine coaches in the Qualifiers who, for now, is not among the positions that directly qualify for the next World Cup. . Although it is clear that he is missing, the four points achieved by Garnero in four games played (one win, one draw, two losses) are enough for him to place seventh and in the playoff zone heading to the world event in Mexico, the United States and Canada.

A footballer coached by Marcelo Bielsa, Lionel Scaloni, completes the group of five Argentines who close this 2023 in charge of one of the South American teams. The brain behind the Scaloneta added six matches in the Qualifiers this year under his technical direction (five wins, one loss), with two results standing out in particular: the 0-2 with Uruguay on the fifth round and the 1-0 against Brazil on the last day. While the victory over the Brazilians meant the Verdeamarela’s first loss at home in World Cup qualifying matches, the defeat against the Uruguayans stopped Scaloneta’s undefeated run for 14 games, which began after the hard blow suffered on the 22nd. /11/22 against Saudi Arabia for the first date of the Qatar 2022 group stage.

Although the fingers of one hand reflect the current number of Argentines who simultaneously put on the jumper in the Conmebol Qualifiers, this 2023 had a greater record: during the double date in October, there were seven, because then Gustavo Costas (who left Bolivia after four defeats in four games) and Eduardo Berizzo (who left Chile after the penultimate date of 2023, after two defeats, two draws and one win).

To reach the record mentioned at the beginning, it is enough to add Gustavo Alfaro, who did not coach a single game during 2023 but who greeted the new year as coach of Ecuador and only left on January 12, after a two-year employment relationship. years and four months. There is one last bonus, which indicates that although there were eight teams led by Argentines, in reality there were nine Argentines who led them… How? Yes, because before being removed from office, Guillermo Barros Schelotto led the destinies of Paraguay during the double date in September of this year, before he closed his cycle in command of the trans-Andean team and began that of Daniel Garnero.

What has been reported only seems to leave one conclusion: Scaloneta there is only one, but in South America fans and leaders dream of an Argentinian putting his name and seal on another team, which they imagine is different but they dream of making them equally excited.

2023-12-22 20:16:53
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