They are Boca, River, Racing, Guaraní, Inter de Porto Alegre, Jorge Wilstermann and Delfín. And an eighth passenger could appear.
The talent and liveliness that characterize the Argentine player always aroused the interest of clubs around the world. And also the technical directors began to disembark by dozens in different destinations. This phenomenon is reflected in the Copa Libertadores de América: of the 16 coaches of the teams qualified for the round of 16, seven are Argentine. It could even reach an eighth to a Brazilian giant.
The importance of the DTs of this country was evidenced in the 2018 World Cup in Russia, where in addition to Jorge Sampaoli in the National Team, there were José Pekerman in Colombia, Héctor Cúper in Egypt, Ricardo Gareca in Peru and Juan Antonio Pizzi, who he had replaced his compatriot Edgardo Bauza, in Saudi Arabia.
In the Libertadores, the three local soccer teams are led by Argentines. At River’s command is Marcelo Gallardo, who leads his sixth Cup since his arrival at the club on May 30, 2014. El Muñeco will seek to win the tournament for the third time and remove the thorn from the final lost to Flamengo in 2019.
Boca will try to get the long-awaited seventh Liberators in its history. And for that purpose, who better than Miguel Ángel Russo, who led the team that last lifted the cup in 2007? The 64-year-old coach celebrated the 2019-2020 Super League on the last date.
Sebastián Beccacece directs Racing, which finished in second place in Group F (it was matched by 15 points with Nacional de Uruguay, although with one goal difference less). In this way, the Avellaneda club will be able to meet River or Boca in the round of 16.
Regarding foreign teams, Eduardo Coudet directs Inter de Porto Alegre, where Andrés D’Alessandro, Víctor Cuesta and Damien Musto. Chacho He arrived in December 2019. Since then, he has held a record of 22 wins, 11 draws and eight losses (66.56% effective). In the Brasileirao, it is a leader with 34 units.
In Guaraní from Paraguay is Gustavo Costas, who completed an excellent group stage in the Copa Libertadores. In the group that he shared with Palmeiras, Bolívar and Tigre, he won four games, tied one and lost one. “Now we meet the best and we have to be up to the task,” he remarked after qualifying.
Miguel Angel Zahzú He will be in charge of guiding Delfín in his first participation in the round of 16. The Argentine coach was officially presented at the Ecuadorian institution on September 12, replacing his compatriot Carlos Ischia, former coach of Vélez, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata, Rosario Central, Racing and Boca in Argentina.
The last Argentine coach in the round of 16 is Cristian Diaz, who is in front of Jorge Wilstermann since 2019. The Bolivian team carried out a historic campaign and finished in the first position of Group C, ahead of Athletico Paranaense, Peñarol and Colo Colo.
These seven technical directors can be added Gabriel Heinze. Is that the Gringo He is one of the main candidates to coach Palmeiras, who qualified for the round of 16 with the highest score among all teams (16, with 17 goals in favor and only 2 against).
In the event of the arrival of the former coach of Vélez to the San Pablo club, 50 percent of the coaches present in the Copa Libertadores would be Argentine.
In their first participation in the Copa Libertadores, Defensa y Justicia placed third in Group G and was eliminated before the direct elimination crosses. Florencio Varela’s team, led by Hernán Crespo, won two games and lost four. On the other hand, Néstor Gorosito could not expand the number of Argentine teams in the next instance of the contest, since Tigre finished last in his group, after five defeats and a draw.
On the last date of Group E, there was an agonizing definition between two Argentine technicians who were looking to stay with the third place that ensured a place in the South American Cup.
Ariel Holan, at the head of the Catholic University, was measured against Inter from Brazil, while Juan Cruz Real, DT from América de Cali, faced Gremio. Finally, as a result of the tie of the Colombian team and the victory of the Chilean club, the former Independiente coach managed to reach the goal.
Daniel Garnero it was left out of the Copa Libertadores prematurely for the third consecutive year. This time, Olimpia lost 1-0 to the humble Delfin on the sixth date and, thus, could not even qualify for the South American.