Venezuela exports not only futsal players, but also coaches who have left a worthy representation of the country in South America. This is the reason why many clubs have chosen to have Creole blood for the 2023 Copa Libertadores.
Caracas will be the center of the continental tournament and, beyond the representation of the two national clubs, the competition promises to be full of emotion and will also be a showcase for Venezuelan directors.
Four of the 12 competing teams will have Creole coaches, so you can’t lose sight of them.
Helmsman Oriana González stole the spotlight in Copa Libertadores futsal by marking a historic milestone in the sport as the first woman in charge of a currency. However, for two seasons he has shown potential to lead Tigres Futsal.
“La Dodora de Fieras” led the artists to the finals of the Futaway Futsal 1 League, where they were defeated by Santoros de Caracas.
Now the outlook for 2023 looks different. The “Bengalis” lead the central group classification with 30 points. Gonzalez not only threatens to lift the trophy in the local championship but will be looking to start the Libertadores in style.
A new challenge begins this Sunday, May 21, at the Polidro de Caracas. A few days ago it was announced that Frederick Mendez would act as a technical assistant, who has a long filming schedule. In 2020 he was the national coach of Vinotinto Futsal Sub17 and has worked as a CONMEBOL coach.
Centaurs of Caracas
The absolute champions are ready to face South American competition in Venezuela. The board opted for a significant change by hiring Robinson Romero, while his right-hand man would be David Pinto.
Romero’s career as a director has been supported. In 2018 he led Penta Vallon straight to the championship from Peru, while in Venezuela he took charge of renowned clubs such as Caracas Futsal and Bucaneros de la Guerra. Today he is the coach of Vinotinto de Futsal.
However, it will also have the support of “La Gasella” which has been working with the group since mid-February for the Footway Futsal League.
The Peruvian team has opened the door for Venezuelan players and coaches. For this occasion it was not an exception, Carlos Salinas works as a strategist and will hit the ground running with the purple team this Friday.
Salinas was part of the coaching staff when Santoros was crowned national champion. Thanks to his duties with the Caracas team, he received offers in the country of the Incas.
José Ferrer will have the task of surpassing the best participation of an Ecuadorian team in the Libertadores.
In 2017 the “five-time national champions” reached the quarter-finals, currently the furthest instance a tricolor team had reached. The game will return to the fair after two editions.