Argentine DTs dominate South America: 7 of the 10 Conmebol teams have a national brand and another could be added

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Argentine DTs dominate South America: 7 of the 10 Conmebol teams have a national brand and another could be added

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José Pekerman joined the Venezuelan national team after qualifying. Photo: Juan Mabromata / AFP.

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Months before the start of the World Cup, there are several teams that are starting to put their heads in Qatar, while many others that have not managed to qualify, they are already beginning to arm themselves for what follows, the 2024 Copa América in Ecuador and the 2026 World Cup in North America. And at this moment there are no surprises in the call-ups, preparation matches, friendlies and changes of managers, but always with the Argentines as protagonists.

Rightly, one of the teams that will not be said to be present at the World Cup is Colombia, who by the hand of Reinaldo Rueda was one step away from the door. Los Cafeteros arrived with the possibility to qualify for the last appointment, but this was not enough to keep Rueda in officeand the DT ended up stepping aside.

Almost two months later, Colombia found its replacement. The chosen one? Argentine Nestor Lorenzolast passage through Melgar from Peru and who worked as Pekerman’s assistant when he was head of the Colombian team.

Nestor Lorenzo is the new coach of Colombia.  Photo: Eitan ABRAMOVICH / AFP.

Nestor Lorenzo is the new coach of Colombia. Photo: Eitan ABRAMOVICH / AFP.

The truth is that Lorenzo’s election surprised his and others, even if not the nationality of the DT. The assumption of Argentine coaches on the part of Conmebol teams is more and more frequent, and this is evident when analyzing the list of coaches of South American teams. Of the 10 combined, 7 have Argentine coaches.

The last time something similar happened was in the 2015 Copa América, when 6 of the 10 were Argentines: Sampaoli in Chile (later he would come to Argentina), Ramón Díaz in Paraguay, Gerardo Martino in Argentina, Ángel Hoyos in Ecuador, Nestor Pekerman in Colombia, Ricardo Gareca in Peru and Gustavo Quinteros in Bolivia.

Eduardo Berizzo, the one chosen to bring Chile back to the World Cup: the last to do so was Sampaoli, another Argentine, in 2014. Photo: EFE / Chilean Football Federation.

Eduardo Berizzo, the one chosen to bring Chile back to the World Cup: the last to do so was Sampaoli, another Argentine, in 2014. Photo: EFE / Chilean Football Federation.

Argentine coaches in Conmebol

With his arrival in the coffee team, the name of Néstor Lorenzo joins that of 6 other Argentine coaches in Conmebol, many of whom will say present at the World Cup in Qatar. Those who have their place secured in the World Cup are Lionel Scaloni and Gustavo Alfarotechnicians of Argentina and Ecuador. Ricardo Gareca, on the other hand will try to do the same with Peru from the playoffs.

Scaloni was the first to reach the goal, qualifying in Albiceleste for Qatar after finishing second in the Qualifiers, only behind Brazil. Those of the Alfaro, meanwhile, remained with the fourth South American share. Another coach who took over the reins of a South American team more than six months ago, but who will not say present in Qataris Guillermo Barros Schelottoin front of Paraguayan national.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto has not yet established himself in Paraguay.  Photo: AP Photo / Martin Mejia.

Guillermo Barros Schelotto has not yet established himself in Paraguay. Photo: AP Photo / Martin Mejia.

And when it comes to coaches who have succeeded in the playoffs, it cannot be ignored Joseph Pekermanwho took the lead Venezuela when `La Vinotinto´ no longer had a chance to qualify and barely led the last few games. The list is complete Eduardo Berizzowho took over the Chilean national in recent weeks, replacing Martín Lasarte.

The truth is that the Argentine coaches are taking a step forward in Conmebol and there is a lot of talk about the possibility of an eighth national team coaching a South American team in the next few hours. After some very poor qualifiers, Bolivia was excluded from the World Cup and 3 Argentines appear among the candidates: Marcelo Bielsa, Juan Antonio Pizzi and Sergio Batista.

the other list

It is no coincidence that Brazil and Uruguay are the two teams that do not have an Argentine technical staff. With a couple of occasional exceptions, the scratch has never had a foreign nationality manager, although in recent years Pep Guardiola has been mentioned as a candidate for the position and there are several Portuguese DTs who have achieved recent club successes from that nation. . Today the Canarinha commands her Titowho seeks revenge for the 2018 World Cup in Russia in Qatar and has already announced that he will leave his post later.

On the celestial side, after more than fifteen years of the cycle of Maestro Tabárez, it was the Uruguayan also diego the one in charge of taking over the reins of the national team and setting up a ranking for the final phase of the World Cup, where he will share group H with Portugal, Ghana and South Korea.

Gerardo Tata Martino, who brought Mexico to the Middle Eastern event, can be added symbolically to all of them. Without forgetting Rodolfo Arruabarrena, who on the other side of the world also dreams of being in Qatar 2022 when he will face the Asian playoffs at the command of the United Arab Emirates team.

Source: Clarin

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