Two South American teams which failed to seal the tickets to Qatar 2022, Chile and Colombia, have taken different path in response to their failure regarding their next manager. The former has named their new one in charge while the latter is still taking their time to decide.
Chile and Colombia seem to have reacted differently on their failure to play in the world cup final round at the end of this year. Chile is more persistent and has taken immediate steps after sacking Martin Lasarte. They have reportedly appointed the former Paraguay boss, Eduardo Berizzo as his replacement. Meanwhile, Colombia is still pondering who shall be the successor of Reinaldo Rueda after being dismissed due to their poor results.
The president of Chile football association, Pablo Milad, said that they named Berizzo over other candidates due to his knowledge of Chilean football as well as extensive international experience. He is expected to help La Roja return to final round in United 2026. The 52-year old manager did use to work as Marcelo Bielsa’s assistant during his four-year spell in Chile from 2007 to 2011. He then took charge of the Chilean side, O’Higgins between 2011 to 2014 and guided them to clinch domestic league in 2013 plus Chilean Super Cup 2014.
The Argentine then continued his managerial career in Spain with his former team during his playing years, Celta Vigo. His best performance was in 2016/17 when he brought Iago Aspas and Co to semifinal in Europa League before losing to the eventual champions, Jose Mourinho’s Manchester United. Celta managed to finish eighth, sixth and 13th respectively under his command. Unfortunately, his next stints in Sevilla and Athletic Bilbao did not go well as Berizzo could not finish the season without being fired. His only experience with the national team was with Paraguay from 2019 to 2021 with their best result was reaching a quarter final in the last two Copa America editions but lost on penalties against Brasil and Peru.
In the meantime, Colombia is not in a rush for naming the next boss considering there is no urgent fixtures in the future until Copa America 2024. Colombia football federation will be selecting the available candidates carefully as they can not deal with another failure in world cup qualifiers and Copa America. Their squad is full of talented names such as Liverpool’s Luis Diaz, Frankfurt man Rafael Borre, James Rodriguez, Yerry Mina along with the senior figures such as David Ospina and Juan Cuadrado and deserved to play in the world cup final.
At the moment, Colombian football governing body are considering four to five names. The favourites are the former Chile and Leeds boss, Marcelo Bielsa followed by Costa Rica head coach Luis Fernando Suarez. Some other names are Jose Luis Pinto, who led Costa Rica to reach quarter finals in world cup 2014, Juan Carlos Osorio who brought Mexico to beat Germany in Russia 2018, the former Paraguay boss, Ramon Diaz and even the current Peru national team manager, Ricardo Gareca. In their upcoming friendly fixtures against Saudi Arabia next month, Falcao and Co will be led by a caretaker Hector Cardenas.