Uruguay’s new coach arrives in Montevideo

At around 8.00 local time (11.00 GMT), the technical director arrived at Carrasco International Airport, the main air terminal in the South American country, on a flight from Madrid.

There, the president of the AUF, Ignacio Alonso, and the member of the Executive Committee, Matías Pérez, waited for him.

On December 14, Alonso was appointed as the new coach of the Uruguayan soccer team to replace Óscar Washington Tabárez, who was dismissed a month earlier.

The ‘Tornado’ was going to be presented on December 23, however, this had to be postponed after the coach tested positive for covid-19 and had to remain in Europe, where he had the disease.

Finally, after the PCR that was carried out on December 30 was negative, the technical director traveled to Uruguay where it will be presented on January 4.

Alonso, born in Montevideo in 1975, began his coaching career in 2011 managing his country’s Bella Vista.

Then he went through Peñarol, Paraguayans Guaraní and Olimpia, American Inter de Miami and Mexicans Pachuca and Monterrey.

With these last two, the new coach of Celeste won his only titles as a coach.

A Clausura Tournament in 2016 and a Concacaf Champions League in 2017 were the trophies he won with the Tuzos, while with Monterrey he also won the most important continental competition at club level in 2019.

Now, the coach will replace Tabárez, who was fired on November 19 after 15 years at the helm of La Celeste.

On January 27, in Asunción, Alonso will make his debut at the helm of the Uruguayan team in the match against Paraguay for the South American qualifiers for the Qatar 2022 World Cup.

This will be the first of the four games that La Celeste will play for that contest, in which it will also host Venezuela and Peru, before visiting Chile.

At this moment, Uruguay occupies the seventh place in the classification with 16 points, the same as Chile -which is sixth for having a better goal balance-.

The South American qualifiers are led by Brazil, with 35 points, followed by Argentina (29), both with one game less.

Ecuador accumulates 23 integers, Colombia 17 (with a goal balance of minus 1) and Peru also 17 (with a goal balance of minus five).


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