The moment of tribute and farewell in Peru has already passed in the background. Ricardo Gareca’s departure from the technical bench is a part of the past, with the imminent appointment of a freshman to fight for a place in the World Cup in Mexico, the United States and Canada in 2026.
Despite controversy over the proposals made to Gareca and criticism against the directors, Inca football is already turning the page with the arrival of Juan Reynoso, who, without much experience in terms of national teams, gained the confidence of the Fédération Peruvian (FPF). did. ) for the next World Cup cycle, in which other teams like Colombia, Brazil, Bolivia will also launch their coaching staff.
“Agustin Lozano (Chairman of the FPF) has met with Marcelo Bielsa, via Zoom, on three occasions,” said Pedro García, sports journalist for cable channel Movistar Deportes. “The most important thing was that he was offered a soccer project and that’s where the talks started. With silver (money) you don’t make Bilsa fall in love,” Garcia said.
“I have spoken to many technicians. I’m not going to reveal the names of people with whom I’ve spoken in the last two or three days,” Lozano told America’s Noticias television channel, just before the letters surfaced and because of its proximity to Peru. They chose Reynoso in football and economic conditions that could pay FPF after ousting Tiger, which Russia returned to the World Cup after three decades without achieving it before 2018.
In this way, Gareca’s cycle in Peru officially ends after seven years of positive results, but with constant divisions between the coaching staff and leaders. The Argentine fulfilled his duty with his head held high, But with the bitter taste of being able to do much for the biker In which he also qualified for the Copa America final in 2019.
Argentina said before leaving that he would love to qualify for the World Cup again and win “a title” with the Peruvian football team, which he directed from 2015 to 2022, and denied offers from other federations.
,I would have liked to qualify (by Qatar 2022), it’s a huge pain. I would have liked to win a title. I think Peru was in a position to win a title under our management”, announced Gareca at a farewell press conference at a hotel in Lima. “We were on the podium in all of them, except for the Copa América Centenario (in 2016). . God wants this to happen”, said the coach after not ruling out retraining the Inca team in the future.
“Those were almost eight wonderful years. The Peruvian national team, whatever the future, will always be considered good by us, not just at work,” said El Tigre, who took the reins of Peru in March 2015.
After the Peruvian player’s football status was exposed, Gareca rejected any confirmed offers to direct any other South American teams or clubs from his country, other than the fact that it also appeared for Colombia. That was when he didn’t even play the playoffs against Australia. Doha.
“Right now I don’t have any offers from anywhere. You call it that when it’s official. I don’t have anything at the moment.”The 64-year-old coach insisted.
After losing on penalties last month against Australia for a spot in Qatar 2022, Argentina stopped being Peru’s coach when talks with the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) to renew his contract failed. “I don’t talk about contractual matters. I’ve never felt cheated or used”, Gareka said.
*With information from AFP.