Gustavo Costas greets during his presentation as coach of the Bolivian national team. (Photo: Martin Alipaz / EFE)
Gustavo Costas was introduced as the coach of the Bolivian football team, although he will only take over the leadership of the team in November, with the aim of forming a “competitive” team, with a “winning” mentality and thus aspire to fight for a place in the 2026 World Cup to be played in the United States, Mexico and Canada.
The Argentine coach, still linked to Palestino de Chile, was presented by the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) in an official ceremony in La Paz. The event was attended by the president of the FBF, Fernando Costa; the sports manager, the Spaniard Xabier Azkargorta; the coach of the minor leagues, Pablo Escobar; as well as representatives of local football and national authorities.
“Let’s change mentality. We consider that we are no less than anyone, that we can play as equals anywhere. The goal is the illusion of being able to be in the World Cup“Proposed Costas, 59, who will lead a national team for the first time after leading several continent teams such as Alianza Lima from Peru, Cerro Porteño from Paraguay, Barcelona from Ecuador and Independiente Santa Fe from Colombia (with all of them he has won titles).
Costas assured him that running Bolivia was the “biggest” challenge of his career and he felt that it will be essential to “have our feet on the ground” and at the same time “be more positive than ever” to achieve goals based on “professionalism and attitude”.
The coach considered it essential to “form the group” of players and find a way to generate unity and then implement his style of play belonging to an “intense” team that knows how to have the ball, defend, attack and also “know how to endure matches. “when I was moved.
In turn, the president of the FBF felt that the decision to hire Costas was the consequence of an “arduous and rigorous process” after having launched an “open and transparent” call, to which several coaches introduced themselves. “It was not a simple decision”, remarked the leaderwho felt that the election of the new manager “will benefit” Bolivia.
“Costas is a teacher who has made the dream of many clubs come true and we hope he can help us realize the dream of all Bolivians”, the head of the Federation was excited, underlining the attitude of the now new coach of the Greens “for the ‘adaptation to the economic conditions “that exist in Bolivia and echoed the coach’s request to achieve unity among all players in Bolivian football to achieve the maximum goal.
At the presentation event, it was explained the contractual link between the former Racing defender and the FBF, which is four years and that it has the possibility of renewal in case the Greens get a ticket for the 2026 World Cup.
Among the aspects that have been highlighted is the adequacy of the contract to FIFA standards and also foresees that Costas will settle in Bolivia during the period in which he will be at the helm of the senior team.
Costas will assume full command of Green next November, the month in which the first training micro-cycle is scheduled.