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Ricardo Gareca
Gender Male
Ethnic Argentinian
Job Argentinian Football Coach
Desc Getting Peru to this tournament is an achievement in itself, especially given the competitiveness of South American qualifying and the flaky side that Gareca inherited. This is their first World Cup since 1982. The Argentine has done brilliantly to turn around Peru’s fortunes but their away record, in particular, was shocking before he took over


Club as Player Peru National Team [Head Coach]

2019 07 03 Retrieve

[Peru are unexpected semi-finalists, with this the first time they have reached the final four of the competition since 1983] We’re a strong team that has been brought together out of adversity. We have not worked based on what others think of us, but on what we think of ourselves. We’re up to the task and we have a great chance of doing it

2019 07 04 Retrieve

[Head coach Ricardo Gareca is quietly confident of upstaging another South American powerhouse Brazil] I think we have great players that can surprise in a match of that level. We will attack the strengths of the team, because you know that talking individually about each Brazil player is not the best way. I trust my players. We are capable of finding the answer on how to win

2019 07 08 Retrieve

[Peru coach Ricardo Gareca also weighed in on Messi’s outburst following the defeat to Brazil] Messi is an authoritative voice, that does not mean I agree with him. I respect him a lot - not just the player but the person. He seems to be very focused. But apart from the opinion we have of Messi, we can agree or disagree with him. I like that we would know what we have to improve in South America, but that does not necessarily mean that there is corruption or that we are corrupt.

There is more and more information from Europe, where our children and grandchildren know more and more European players, and it seems that we want to imitate them in everything. There are good things in Europe, but we also have good things in South American football, too. I would like to defend South American football. If you speak of corruption, you must have convincing evidence. Football is a game and an individual can go wrong

: 2019 07 31 Peru manager Ricardo Gareca is the 10 nominees that have been shortlisted for Best FIFA Men’s Coach of the year, having led his team to a Copa America final and their best continental performance since 1975