Wednesday, June 7

The Colombian soccer league begins with six foreign coaches on the bench

The colombian league It will start shooting this Thursday with 20 teams, six of them directed by foreign technicians: three Argentines, a Chilean, a Venezuelan and a Colombian-Uruguayan.

The tight tournament will open fires with the match between Águilas Doradas, led by former World Cup player Leonel Álvarez, and Atlético Bucaramanga, led by Argentine Néstor Craviotto.

That same day they will go to the América de Cali field, which has the Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio on the bench, and Envigado, whose strategist is the local Alberto Suárez.

On Friday, Santa Fe, whose strategist is the Argentine Martín Cardetti, and La Equidad, with Alexis García, will face each other.

Cardetti was appointed last year to replace Colombian Grigori Méndez, who failed to qualify Expreso Rojo for the semi-finals.

The Argentine knows local football because he directed Bogotá FC, from the Primera B, a tournament in which the teams seek to take the course to reach the Primera A.

The Chilean Manuel Suárez will have the responsibility of guiding Cortuluá, who returned to A. His debut on the bench will be on Saturday, against Atlético Nacional.

Suárez, 49, was a technical assistant for the Chilean team in the times of Juan Antonio Pizzi.

On the other hand, The Argentine Juan Cruz Real has the reins of Junior, the team that has hired the best reinforcements, including striker Miguel Ángel Borja and midfielder Yesus Cabrera, who come from Brazilian football.

They also made Fernando Uribe, who along with holding midfielder Daniel Giraldo, had a good season at Millonarios.

Cruz Real arrives at the Junior bench after directing the Costa Rican Belén (2015), the Venezuelan Estudiantes de Mérida (2017) and in Colombia Alianza Petrolera (2017-2018), Jaguares de Córdoba (2019-2020 and América de Cali , with which he was champion, in 2020.

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Cruz Real’s first match will be against Patriotas Boyacá, in Barranquilla.

Meanwhile, Deportivo Cali, current champion, will debut on Sunday against Jaguares. The Sugar Producers are under the baton of the Venezuelan, Rafael Dudamel.

This coach arrived in Cali last September and was able to exploit the best virtues of players such as Uruguayan goalkeeper Guillermo de Amores, and strikers Teófilo Gutiérrez and Harold Preciado.

Finally, Julio Comesaña, a Uruguayan nationalized Colombian, continues with Independiente Medellín, whose first rival will be runner-up Deportes Tolima.

Along with the league, Deportes Tolima, Deportivo Cali, Millonarios and Atlético Nacional will participate in the Copa Libertadores, while América de Cali, Junior, Independiente Medellín and La Equidad will participate in the Sudamericana.

Matches of the first day:

20.01: Golden Eagles-Atlético Bucaramanga, América de Cali-Envigado.

21.01: Santa Fe-La Equidad, Deportivo Pasto-Millionaires.

22.01: Cortuluá-Atlético Nacional, Once Caldas-Unión Magdalena, Junior-Patriotas.

01.23: Independiente Medellín-Deportes Tolima, Jaguares-Deportivo Cali and Alianza Petrolera-Deportivo Pereira.

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