The Bolivian National Team’s next technical director will be Gustavo Costas (Facebook)
Following an open recruitment process in which other managers may submit their plans, the Bolivian Football Federation (FBF) favoured the Argentine Gustavo Costas, who is in charge of the Palestinian club of Chile. His first time serving as a national team coach will be this.
According to a story
According to a story in the daily Página Siete, the president of the FBF, Fernando Costa, declared at the end of a meeting of the organisation on Friday night, “I am betting on Costas and the entire executive committee is joining this wager.” Several hours later, he stated: “We have come to an agreement for Gustavo Costas to be our coach. The following week, we should sign everything.
When his current contract with the Chilean institution expires in November, Costas would take office. With 34 units, he is currently in fourth place, 11 units behind leader Colo Colo, whom he will face this Sunday. The Tricolor is two points short of positions in the Copa Liberators while being in the Copa Sudamericana zone.
He is expected to arrive in Bolivia on the 19th of this month “for the signing of the contract,” according to Danitza Soliz, a member of the FBF executive committee. The 59-year-old Costas, who will succeed Venezuelan César Faras, will be in charge of a national team for the first time.
His coaching career began with his favourite team, Racing, but he soon expanded, taking over the helms of teams like Guaran, Alianza Lima, Cerro Porteo, Olimpia, Al-Nassr, Barcelona de Ecuador, Independiente Santa Fe, Atlas, Al-Fayha, and Palestinian.
With Alianza Lima, he won two First Division tournaments in Peru, Cerro Porteno won a First Division tournament in Paraguay, Barcelona won a Series A in Ecuador, and Santa Fe won five championships (two Finalization Tournaments, two Colombian Superliga and a Suruga Bank).
Local media claim that the other applicants in the open call that got underway on July 23 were the Argentines Sergio Batista and Jorge Almiron, the Colombian Hernán Daro Gómez, and the Spaniard Miguel gel Portugal, despite the FBF not formally confirming it.
Costas will have the challenging task of improving Bolivia’s dismal reputation from previous international competitions. He placed eighth in the South American qualifiers for Qatar 2022, just ahead of Venezuela, but they failed to go past the group stage of the Copa America in Brazil 2021. (They shared a zone with Argentina, Uruguay, Paraguay and Chile).
Since the United States’ 1994 World Cup, when Bolivia qualified under the direction of Spanish coach Xabier Azkargorta, Bolivia has not participated in a World Cup. His prior performances were in Uruguay in 1930 and Brazil in 1950. (In neither he managed to overcome the group stage)
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