The possible candidates to replace César Farías in the technical direction of América de Cali

The possible candidates to replace César Farías in the technical direction of América de Cali
The possible candidates to replace César Farías in the technical direction of América de Cali

América de Cali will have only national competitions in the second half of 2024 – credit América de Cali

América de Cali announces a total restructuring of its sports project after a first half of 2024 marked by setbacks and unsatisfactory performances, culminating with the official departure of César Farías as technical director. This change seeks a new beginning focused on facing the challenges of the BetPlay League and the Colombia Cup, since the team is evaluating candidates to fill the vacant position, the entity reported in a statement on the night of April 30.

The decision follows a series of events that led to the dismissal of Farías, who assumed technical leadership less than five months earlier, but failed to meet expectations in national and international competitions. The elimination of the Copa Sudamericana against Alianza and the mixed results in the League were critical for his permanence. The internal situation of the club was further complicated due to discrepancies between president Marcela Restrepo and the largest shareholder Tulio Gómez, in addition to the controversial departure of Lucas González as coach and the failed negotiation with Ricardo Gareca. These are the candidates to take over the bench:

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Wilmer Cabrera affirms that he wants to return to América de Cali, but that there are still no conversations with the leadership – Concacaf credit

Before becoming involved in coaching, Cabrera shone as a player for América de Cali, where he left a significant mark by winning three titles and reaching the final of the Copa Libertadores in 1996.. Although his career as a coach has developed mainly in the United States, his historical connection with the Cali club would provide a valuable perspective. In addition, América is preparing to face the home runs of the Betplay League, seeking to renew its sports project for the second half of 2024.

In an old conversation with the RCN Cali station on the Los Dueños del Balón program, the coach expressed his desire to reach the scarlet team, this after the departure of Juan Carlos Osorio in 2022, however, that time the return of Alexandre Guimaraes and then Lucas González and César Farías were on the bench.

“There is nostalgia and the desire to collaborate, to return to Colombia one day, unfortunately for me I have not been given the possibility, not because I have no interest, on the contrary, it would be nice to return if there is a project.”

Cabrera, with extensive coaching experience in the United States, including a championship with the Houston Dynamo in the 2019 US Open Cup and achievements with the Montreal Impact. The Valle del Cauca native is recognized for his contribution to soccer in the United States, where he became the first Hispanic to direct the country’s youth teams and was also in the orbit of Independiente Santa Fe.

Luis Fernando Suárez in the Concacaf Gold Cup in charge of Costa Rica – USA TODAY/Kirby Lee

The outstanding Colombian coach, Luis Fernando Suárez, completed his work as head of the Costa Rica national team on July 21, 2023, after directing a total of 30 games. With a career that spans playing as a central defender for Atlético Nacional and coaching in three World Cups, Suárez has become an iconic figure in Colombian and international football.

Born on December 23, 1959 in Medellín, Colombia, Suárez spent most of his career as a player at Atlético Nacional, a club where he also achieved notable successes as a coach. He retired from playing football in 1989 and, years later, would begin a successful career as a technical director, achieving his first major title with Atlético Nacional in addition to leading the Colombian Under 21 team to win the Toulon Hopes Trophy the same year.

Suárez’s international career as a coach is notable, with participation in the FIFA World Cup on three occasions, managing to equal the record of compatriot Hernán Darío Gómez. Among elite coaches with three World Cups under their belt, Suárez shares space with figures such as Guus Hiddink, Mario Zagallo, Luis Felipe Scolari, Joachim Low and José Pékerman, consolidating his reputation in the world of football.

His time as a player stood out for his physique and ability in central defense, mainly at Atlético Nacional, where in addition to leaving an indelible mark, he lived one of the most glorious moments by being part of the team that was crowned champion of the Copa Libertadores in 1989. In addition, he won the First Division championship in Colombia in 1981 with the purslane team.

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