Chile appoint Argentinian Berizzo as new coach after failed World Cup qualifying

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Santiago (AFP) – Argentinian Eduardo Berizzo is the new coach of the Chilean national football team, replacing Uruguayan Martin Lasarte, the South American football federation announced on Thursday.

Lasarte quits his job after 15 months after failing to guide Chile to the World Cup in Qatar later this month.

“We have a coach. It is Eduardo Berizzo, who is known in our football and who has extensive international experience,” said the president of the Chilean Football Federation, Pablo Milad, on the body’s Twitter account.

Berizzo, 52, was previously part of another Argentinian coach, Marcelo Bielsa’s Chilean side between 2007 and 2010, his first coaching experience after hanging up his boots.

A former central defender, he won 13 caps for Argentina and twice made the Copa America national teams, although he never featured in a single match.

He played for River Plate and Marseille in a career that took him from his native country to Mexico, France and Spain.

Berizzo enjoyed great success as a coach in Chile, leading O’Higgins to the first title in his history in 2013.

He coached in Spain between 2014 and 2018, before taking charge of Paraguay in 2019, but was dismissed in October 2021 after a 4-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Bolivia.

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