Monday, December 17, 2012

Official: Carlos Bianchi will have his 3rd term as Boca's coach

The day that Boca fans dreamed off the last 8 years is finally here: the winningest coach in their history is back as the club president Daniel Angelici confirmed today.

Negotiations were not easy. Bianchi was semi-retired since he coached Atletico de Madrid with little success in the 2005/2006 season and after that worked as a manager for Boca in 2009/2010.

This will be his 3rd term as Boca's coach and he couldn't have been more successful in the previous two: he won 4 championships, 3 Copa Libertadores (2000, 2001, 2003) and two Intercontinental Cups (vs Real Madrid in 2000 and Milan in 2003), and also reached a 4th Libertadores final in 2004 where he lost against Colombian side Once Caldas on a penalties shootout.

Previous to his work at Boca he also won 3 league championships with Velez, a Copa Libertadores (in 1994) and an Intercontinental Cup (vs Milan).

Will his return include the return of Juan Roman Riquelme back from his semi-retirement ? That will be for sure another hard negotiation but if there's a chance that Boca's idol can play again at the club is with Bianchi on the bench.

It will be a big challenge for sure for Bianchi. Most of the players of those great Boca teams are retired but there is enough material in the current squad to make a competitive team for the upcoming Final 2013 and Copa Libertadores.

With Bianchi's return there's one thing for sure: Final 2013 will be the coach's championship. Ramon Diaz at River, Americo Gallego at Independiente, Palermo at Godoy Cruz, and many others will put the spotlight on the bench at least in the first rounds.

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