The cycle of Marcello Bielsa in front of Uruguay national football team he is running. It had already been presented last Wednesday at the Centenario Stadium in front of more than 300 journalists, but seven days later El Loco practically put the Celestial complexthe headquarters of the Uruguayan Football Federation, in Canelones.
Through the official account of Chirping of the Uruguayan team (@Uruguay), AUF shared the first image of Rosario’s 67-year-old coach dressed in the official sportswear of the neighboring country’s national team along with the caption: “Bielsa is already working from the Celestial Complex preparing the June FIFA Date and everything that comes after”.
The manager with a past at Newell’s, Vélez, Atlas de México, Espanyol de Barcelona, Athletic de Bilbao, Olympique de Marseille, Lille and Leeds United, plus teams from Argentina and Chile, will make his debut in Uruguay on June 14 against Nicaragua in the framework of the window that will open FIFA for teams to play friendlies. It will be at the Centenario Stadium in Montevideo. And six days later he will receive Cuba on the same stage.
Bielsa’s main goal in charge of Uruguay will be qualification for the World Cup in the United States, Mexico and Canada in 2026when the coach born in Rosario on 21 July turns 71.
But first, El Loco must refine the squad and shape the inevitable generational change that the Uruguayan cast will need to face the next Copa América which will be played in the United States in 2024. Furthermore, as confirmed to Clarín by the president of the AUF, Ignacio Alonso, DT will take care of the Sub 23 team who will try to qualify for the Paris 2024 Olympic Games in the Pre-Olympic in Venezuela and if he gets the ticket he will also sit on the substitutes’ bench in the French capital in pursuit of his second Olympic medal since winning gold in Athens 2004 ahead of team Argentina .
“They didn’t have to convince me, I would say almost the opposite. My desire to belong to this project has two very convincing extremes for me: one is the players that Uruguay has, I like the group of players that have represented Uruguay in recent years. And the other is the recipient of the work of a national team who is the ordinary citizen,” explained Bielsa about his arrival in Montevideo last Wednesday.
And on the establishment and figures such as Edinson Cavani and Luis Suárez they explained: “I didn’t say that they no longer play or the other way around – he clarifies -. I simply said that any decision involving a Uruguayan player with a historic record cannot be addressed without listening to them.And he underlined: “I am very respectful of idols because they are the heritage of the people. The idol is a precious metal for the poorest. I would never knowingly do anything that would harm an idol.”
Bielsa already works at Complejo Celeste and many things have happened since he made his debut as manager of Newell’s on 19 August 1990. And perhaps it is his last great challenge as technical director in elite football. With Uruguay he can do well, regularly or badly, but what is certain is that he will not go unnoticed.
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