Football-Argentina Pekerman is in charge of Venezuela

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Football – Venezuela Press Conference – Hotel Renaissance, Caracas, Venezuela – November 30, 2021 Venezuela coach Jose Pekerman during press conference REUTERS / Manaure Quintero

November 30, 2021

(Reuters) – Former Argentina and Colombia coach Jose Pekerman has been appointed to manage Venezuela, the Venezuelan Football Federation (FVF) said on Tuesday.

Venezuela is the only South American country that has never reached the World Cup finals and is at the bottom of the group of 10 qualifying teams with 7 points from 14 matches.

Venezuela is currently 10 points ahead of the 4th place team, Colombia, and Peru in 5th place.

With the top four teams automatically qualifying for Qatar, Pekerman has little chance of making it to the Qatar 2022 finals but said his arrival was “full of hope”.

“I know I’m in the right place,” the 72-year-old Argentinian told reporters on Tuesday.

Pekerman is one of the most experienced and highly regarded coaches in the region, with stints with clubs in Argentina, Chile and Mexico.

He has also managed Argentina, which he led at the 2006 World Cup and took Colombia to the quarterfinals of the World Cup in Brazil in 2014.

He will be Venezuela’s fourth coach since qualifying for Qatar began after Rafael Dudamel, Jose Peseiro and interim coach Leo Gonzalez.

FVF president Jorge Gimenez said the appointment of Pekerman to a five-year contract marks “a moment of transformation for our national football”.

(Reporting by Andrew Downie; Editing by Ken Ferris)

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