What seemed like a utopia is now almost a reality and should materialize no later than next week. Marcelo Bielsa and the Uruguayan Football Association They have reached an agreement, in sporting and economic terms, and all that remains is the meeting of the Executive of the Uruguayan Federation to approve the negotiations that President Ignacio Alonso undertook a couple of months ago.
The doubts, first, of the coach in Qatar, Diego Alonsoand his subsequent silence, without public statements since December 2 when The light blue was eliminated in the last World Cupthey were undermining the chance of renewal of the coach and in parallel an alternative was growing.
In February, the current president of the Uruguayan Federation, Ignatius Alonsoand from there he activated the 2026 World Cup plan. The name of Marcelo Bielsa seduced and the first meeting was in Porto Alegre, Brazil, on March 1st.
During March, in stealth, negotiations continueduntil at the end of last month the news leaked from the Argentine coach’s environment.
Then, the last exchanges were activated, and an economic agreement was reached, which will mean for Uruguay an outlay greater than the one available for the coaching staff of Diego Alonso, and also in relation to what was paid to the coaching staff of Master Oscar Tabárez . The increase for Bielsa and his collaborators is estimated at 70 percent.
Debut in June against Australia
The Argentine coach will arrive with several people from his staff, but Uruguayan professionals will also join the coaching staff, such as a physical trainer and goal-scoring coach, Carlos Nicola. Without being officially defined, Marcelo Bielsa would debut as DT of the Celeste on the FIFA double date in June, against Australia and New Zealand, both games in Oceania.
The South American Qualifiers will begin in September, in which Uruguay will debut at the Centenario Stadium against Chileprecisely the last team that Bielsa led, and with which he played in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, in which he faced Spain.
Another very important milestone for this new cycle will be the Copa América to be played in the United States in June 2024. Uruguay along with Argentina are the most winners in history, with 15 titles.