Passarella was offered to direct ¡Bolivia!

Daniel Passarella’s cycle as coach of the Argentine National Team (1994-1998) had a very conflictive point in 1997, in a qualifying match against Bolivia in La Paz. La Albiceleste lost 2-1 and in the middle of the game an internal fight broke out in which striker Julio Cruz received a punch from a local team assistant. Already in the locker room, there was a photo of the Gardener injured in the face, but with the mark on the other cheek. There was a tremendous scandal. Thanks to the management of Julio Grondona, president of the AFA, the team was not sanctioned with loss of points.

The image of the Kaiser in Bolivia was not only affected by that episode, but also by a discussion in the middle of a press conference with a journalist who called him a “coward” for having declared that “it was inhumane to play soccer in La Paz.” The DT got up and left the place immediately.

Nevertheless, the former coach and president of River was offered to lead ¡Bolivia! A folder was presented with his background and even who is as field assistant, physical trainer Guillermo Cinquetti, former field assistant of Miguel Ángel Russo and Profe Córdoba, who appears proposed as alternate coach. It is also advised that there will be a goalkeeper coach, video analyst, etc.


Passarella and Julio Cruz in the controversial match in La Paz.

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The journalist Alex Cabo, from Tigo Sports, explained to Ole: “I received the dossier, it seemed very strange to me. We tried to check with Argentina and spoke with Cinquetti. He referred us to a businessman, Soto Pepo, who confirmed that he had spoken with people from the Bolivian Federation and they were waiting for an offer. Now They presented the folder, they told them that they were going to evaluate it like so many others. It is striking for Bolivia.”

Olé's cover with Julio Cruz's wound on the cheek where he hadn't been hit.

Olé’s cover with Julio Cruz’s wound on the cheek where he hadn’t been hit.

Remember: Passarella was also a Uruguayan coach since 1999, although he resigned in the heat of the Qualifiers, annoyed because they did not give him a footballer from Nacional.

Daniel has not directed in Argentina since the end of 2007, when he left River. Later, he prepared to be president of the club and at the end of 2009 he won the election by four votes against Rodolfo D’Onofrio. His management was marked by River’s decline in 2011. After leaving office at the end of 2013, he only once made statements to the Argentine press, on a cable program. He offered to manage in Mexico and also negotiated with a Paraguayan club.

Bolivia only played three World Cups (1930, 1950 and 1994). The last coach was the Venezuelan César Farías.

What does the folder say?

“To start a great project you need audacity. To finish a great project you need perseverance”. That written on the bottom of the trophy that is given to the world champions.

And the proposal adds: “Our group analyzed the performance of the team on all the technical aspects, in the last meetings, and as a result of the problem detected, we are pleased to present the solution that we propose.”

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“The project foresees a phenomenon such as teamwork. Each participant solves the individual tasks established by the technical director, as well as those that can only be solved in collective interaction. The minimum task is fully carried out in teamwork. The formation of the technical team is an important part of the previous preparation and an essential work block for obtaining success”.

“The effectiveness of the technical team results from the relationship between the results and the total effort, dedicated to the formation and leadership of the team. The formation and management of a technical team are activities that take a long time, it is invested in planning and selection of members. The formed team has to be developed to command level and then managed.”

“In the execution of a football project, the moments of decisions and far-reaching actions are very important, in which the efforts of the participants, both the players and the technical team, are mobilized.”

“Our group, adapted through years of working together, because of the way it is formed, it is more feasible for us to generate innovative ideas.”

“We are able to solve problems and complex tasks that arise at the intersection of skills and management. Roles are better distributed, interpersonal frictions are reduced.”

“The technical team is made up of people with great professional skills and experience, who are interested in achieving common goals, for which those responsible have the mission of encouraging the team to actively participate in meeting the project’s goals.”

Passarella’s folder in Bolivia

The project presented by Passarella.

The project presented by Passarella.

The project presented by Passarella.

The project presented by Passarella.

The project presented by Passarella.

The project presented by Passarella.

The project presented by Passarella.

The project presented by Passarella.

Part of the Passarella folder.

Part of the Passarella folder.

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