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Argentine Diego Cocca will be the coach of Mexico for the 2026 World Cup processsaid this Thursday the president of the Tigres UANL, Mauricio Culebrowho anticipated the announcement of the Mexican Football Federation (FMF).
“There has been communication with the people of the federation and the National Teams Committee. They expressed their interest in interviewing Diego. At that moment we spoke with Diego and he said that I wanted to be part of the interviews. On Monday we received a call that Diego had been chosen as the technical director of the national teamCulebro said.
The conference was initiated by the feline manager with the notice that the employment relationship between Cocca and the Tigers was terminated, because the team from the north of the country “will always be first.”
Cocca became coach of the Tigres in this Clausura 2023 tournament of Mexican football, however his management It lasted just five days, in which he left the cats in third place in the standings with a record of three wins and two draws.
The Argentine will replace his compatriot Gerardo Martino on the Mexico bench, who left office after El Tri was eliminated in the first round of the Qatar 2022 World Cup.
“I had always had the illusion of leading a team, in this case the Mexican team because it says that owes a lot to Mexican soccer“Culebro replied, when he was questioned about what he talked about with the now ex-feline trainer.
Diego Cocca became in the last days in the surprise candidate to be the coach of Mexico since since the departure of Martino, the names arose in the local press of the Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, the Uruguayan Guillermo Almada and the Mexicans Miguel Herrera and Ignacio Ambriz.
It was not until this week that Cocca was planted in the reports of the Mexican media as the main aspirant of the directors to occupy the position of Martino.
The man born in Buenos Aires 50 years ago arrives at El Tri with a record that includes a two-time championship with Atlas in the 2021-2022 season and a title in Argentine football in 2014 with Racing Club.
The Argentine began his career as a strategist in 2007, after his retirement as a player, and among the clubs he has managed are Gymnastics and Fencing of La Plata, Huracán, Defense and Justice, Rosario Central and Racing Club of his country.
In Mexico, Cocca has been a strategist for the Santos, Tijuana, Atlas and Tigres. The coach’s debut with the Mexican team will take place in March, when El Tri will face Suriname and Jamaica in the Concacaf Nations League.
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