The phenomenon of coaching dismissals and the constant replacement of coaching personnel occurring in the midst of domestic competition is a common currency in Argentine football. And the 15th date of the Lega Professionisti was no exception with the departures of Diego Dabove Hurricane and Javier Sanguinetti of Banfield. However, it took a few hours to define the corresponding successors: Sebastian Battaglia AND Giulio Falcionirespectively.
Two old acquaintances will return to local football after about a year without a team, but having Boca (Battaglia) and Independiente (Falcioni) as their last experiences. Likewise, the landscape and goals to be achieved in each of their new teams are by no means easy.
On the side of the Parque Patricios, Battaglia will be presented this Tuesday in the afternoon to take charge of the squad from Wednesday after the option of Gustavo Munúa (ex-Union) fell. In what was an express meeting, he managed to sign a deal until July 2024 and so the Lion will take Dabove’s place after a negative streak that the Globe has suffered in the last two months and which has left him in 23rd place in the standings.
But the Boca idol will not only have to break away from the bottom of the tournament, but will also have the challenge of playing a good role internationally in the South American Cupforming so far the most balanced group of the tournament.
Next Friday from 8pm, Battaglia -accompanied by Juan Krupoviesa- will make his debut in command of Quemero when he receives Godoy Cruz. Then next week he will visit Sarmiento de Junín. With two games behind him, Seba will have his first hard stop: he will receive Emelec from Ecuador, rivals to stay at the top of the group, next Thursday 25th.
Battaglia will even have an extra seasoning when the date 24 of the local tournament arrives: he will visit La Bombonera after one year, following his last match as manager in July 2022.
“Battaglia has a very important personality, authority and knows what he wants. He knows how to adapt his game systems. I noticed he wanted to come and I really liked it,” said David Garzón at the press conference where they already knew each other. the possible arrival of DT.
The statistics of the young coach in his last move to the La Ribera club mark a total of 64 direct matcheswith 32 wins, 19 draws and 13 losses. In addition, he was the champion of the 2021 Argentina Cup and the 2022 League Cup.
On the Banfield side, The return of the Emperor to the South Buenos Aires team is a new chapter in a love story that is hard to break. With his vast experience at 66, Falcioni still wants to lead a group and what better way for him than to lead the Drill.
In what was another case of quick negotiations, the former América de Cali goalkeeper too will be presented this Tuesday in the afternoon as new coach and will have his first duel against San Lorenzo at Florencio Solá.
It will be the fifth stop of July in Banfield (2003-2005, 2009-2010, 2016-2018, 2019-2020), this time sealing their bond until December 2024. Having parted company with Independiente at the end of last year following the hiring of Doman, Falcioni had already turned down the manager’s job at Banfield as his only wish was to continue coaching. This is how he will continue to increase his number of games in command of the Drill, accumulating them so far 284 meetings with 111 wins and 86 draws and losses. inclusive, with the advantage of becoming champion of the 2009 Apertura.
Falcioni’s goal is similar to Battaglia’s. Banfield is one position below Huracán (24th) in the standings and also the team’s present is not the best. With the detail of not having international contacts, all the cannons of the former Boca coach will also focus on local performances.
When Battaglia and Falcioni met in a technical staff
Not only was Falcioni able to direct Battaglia during his stay at Boca from 2010 to 2013, the year in which the Xeneize idol hung up his boots. The time they spent together could have helped form a good relationship between the two.
That’s exactly why it was From 2018, Seba joined the Emperor’s coaching staff at Banfield as a field assistant, in what would be the start of his third stage. Having completed the cycle of both, the biggest winner in Boca’s history will take over from the Xeneize reserve coach, at the beginning of 2020.
With the hiring of both at their respective clubs, Battaglia and Falcioni will become the tenth and eleventh coaches to join a first division side in the midst of this professional league. With just over half of the tournament played, just over a third of the clubs (most placed at the bottom of the table) have already undergone a manager change, mainly due to poor results.
Jason Root is the go-to source for sports coverage at News Rebeat. With a passion for athletics and an in-depth knowledge of the latest sports trends, Jason provides comprehensive and engaging analysis of the world of sports.