José Pekerman is the new coach of the Venezuelan national team

Pekerman will direct again after passing through Colombia (AFP) (AFP /)

José Pekerman will direct again. The historic coach of Argentina’s youth teams, winner of three U-20 World Cups with Albiceleste, and who led Colombia in the last two World Cups, is the new coach of the Venezuelan national team.

The last match that Pekerman directed was for the round of 16 of the 2018 World Cup in Russia. At that time, the selected coffee grower fell in the penalty shootout (3-4) against England after drawing 1-1 in regulation. Now, after more than three years without working, the 72-year-old coach will return to the ring and will have a great challenge at the head of the Red wine.

The Argentine coach will be accompanied in the coaching staff by Patrick Camps (who accompanied him in the cycle at the head of Colombia), Leandro Cuffed and Fernando Batista placeholder image, who resigned from the Argentine sub-20 team to assume this commitment. At the same time, Pascual Lescano He will be the manager and in the coming months it will be announced who will assume the roles in the youth categories, since his landing is linked to the creation of a comprehensive project.

Currently, with four qualifying dates still to go to Qatar 2022, Venezuela marches in the last position of the table: adds only 7 points product of two wins, a draw and 11 losses. He scored nine goals and received 25, for a difference of -16, with no chances of reaching even fifth place in the play-off with a team from Oceania.

“It is a day of great happiness for Venezuelan football and for all of us who dream of seeing our national teams. vinotinoto transcend ”, expressed the president of the Venezuelan Football Federation, Jorge Andrés Giménez.

A postcard of Pekerman next to his Tocalli side during the 2006 World Cup in Germany (AFP)
A postcard of Pekerman next to his Tocalli side during the 2006 World Cup in Germany (AFP) (STR /)

After his start in the lower divisions of Argentinos Juniors, and with a stint at Chile’s Colo Colo, José joined the youth teams in Argentina with Julio Grondona. There he conceived a way of working that quickly generated good results with the world titles in Qatar 1995 and Malaysia 1997 at the hands of a litter of footballers who had names such as Juan Pablo Sorín, Diego Placenter, Walter Samuel, Pablo Aimar, Juan Román Riquelme and the current coach of the national team, Lionel scaloni.

In addition, he was consecrated in the World Cup that was held in Argentina in 2001, in which footballers such as Javier Saviola, Nicolás Burdisso and so many others who later also trained in the senior team. Once Marcelo Bielsa decided to resign from his position after obtaining the gold medal at the 2004 Athens Olympic Games, Pekerman took over for the 2006 World Cup in Germany, where they reached the quarterfinals where they fell against Germany on penalties.

A cultivator of good play and the good conduct of his teams on the playing field, José had a brief stint in Mexican soccer – he directed Toluca and the UANL Tigres – before take charge of the Colombia team in 2012, in the middle of the qualifying round for Brazil 2014. In the World Cup that was played on Brazilian soil, the team achieved a path full of victories until the quarterfinals: they beat Greece (3-0), Ivory Coast (2-1 ) and Japan (4-1) to win the group stage. In the round of 16, they beat Uruguay 2-0 to get into the best eight in the world. In that instance he fell to the locals (1-2).

José with James Rodríguez during the last World Cup in Russia 2018 (AFP)
José with James Rodríguez during the last World Cup in Russia 2018 (AFP) (AFP /)

Four years later, after achieving direct qualification and finishing first again in an area he shared with Japan, Senegal and Poland, he could not advance to the round of 16 at Russia 2018 after losing against the English.

Now, it will be José’s turn to go back to work. A new challenge, one of the greatest of his career, with the aim of making history and qualifying Venezuela for the first time at a World Cup.

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