Diego Alonso was appointed on Tuesday as the new coach of the Uruguayan soccer team to replace Oscar Washington Tabarez, who was dismissed on November 19.
“The Executive Committee of the Uruguayan Football Association has appointed Diego Alonso as the new technical director of Uruguay,” notes a brief statement issued by the football governing body of the South American country.
Born in Montevideo in 1975, Alonso began his coaching career in 2011 directing Bella Vista for his country, a team he also started as a footballer.
Then he went through Uruguay’s Peñarol, Paraguay’s Guarani and Olympia, American’s Inter de Miami, Mexico’s Pachuca and Monterrey.
With these last two, Celeste’s new coach won his only titles as a coach.
The Clausura Championship in 2016 and the CONCACAF Champions League in 2017 were the titles he won with Tozos, while with Monterrey he also won the most important continental competition at club level in 2019.
During his time as a footballer, Alonso defended La Liga clubs for several seasons.
After defending Bella Vista (1992-1999) and Argentine Gimnasia (1999-2000), he played “Tornado” for Valencia (2000-2001), Atlético Madrid (2001-2002), Racing Santander (2002-2003), Malaga (2003-2004). ) and Murcia (2005-2006).
Also, in UNAM Mexican Pumas (2004-2005), Uruguayan Nacional (2006) and Peñarol (2009-2012), Chinese Shanghai Shenhua (2007) and it was repeated in gymnastics (2008-2009).
Alonso defended Uruguay at the 1999 Copa America Paraguay, where Celeste finished second after losing the final to Brazil 3-0.
Now, the former striker will replace Tabarez, who was expelled on November 19 after 15 years at the helm of La Celeste.
On January 27, in Asuncion, Alonso will make his debut at the head of the Uruguay national team in the match against Paraguay in the South American qualifiers for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022.
This will be the first of the four matches that La Celeste will play in that competition, which will also host Venezuela and Peru, before visiting Chile.
At the moment, Uruguay is seventh in the rankings with 16 points, just like Chile – who is sixth in achieving a better balance of goals -.
The South American qualifiers lead the South American qualifiers with 35 points, followed by Argentina (29), both of whom have one match less.
Ecuador totals 23 integers, Colombia 17 (with a goal score of minus 1) and Peru also has 17 (with a goal score of minus five).