Several Conmebol and Concacaf teams are looking for a coach for the next World Cup in 2026 in the United States, Canada, and Mexico
Photo: Brazil National Team, Mexico National Team
LatinAmerican Post | Santiago Gómez Hernández
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After the World Cup in Qatar, 2022 left the Argentine team as champion, many teams have decided to change their coaches. Some due to completed cycles, others to seek better results, and others due to renovation problems. One of the most striking was the change of coach between Belgium and Portugal. Roberto Martínez, who had been directing the Eden Hazard and Kevin Debruyne teams, and since 2023 has been in charge of the Russian team, which must consolidate the post-Cristiano Ronaldo era.
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However, on the other side of the Atlantic, several Latin American teams are now without a coach and looking for a replacement. Many of these with different aspirations or with suitors and candidates to be new coaches and dream of overthrowing Argentina as the current champion of the Copa América or the World Cup in 2026.
The era of Adenor Leonardo Bacchi, better known as Tite, is in the past. That coach who became known at Corinthians, champion of the Libertadores and the Club World Cup, and who led the canarinha for 8 years, decided to step aside. After arriving as a hyper-candidate for the World Cup in Qatar and losing in the quarterfinals with Croatia on penalties, he decided to step aside.
His replacement is still uncertain, but it is speculated that the CBF has its leading candidate in Luis Enrique. The former coach of the Spanish team was also released after losing in the quarterfinals against surprising Morocco. Another candidate to lead the five-time champion is Zinedine Zidane. However, for now, these are just speculations.
One of the future venues for the 2026 World Cup will be the Concacaf giant. After the period Gerardo "El Tata" Martino resisted, Mexico must seek new horizons to reach its long-awaited fifth game finally, and what better at home?
For now, Tata's replacement is speculated to be his compatriot Marcelo Bielsa. The former coach of Leeds, Olympique Marseille, Athletic Bilbao, Chile, and Argentina is now without a team and is one of the favorites to arrive, but it is not easy to seduce him. However, there is also a version that would indicate that the FMF would change its policy on foreign technicians and look for a "local" one. Other possible candidates are the always-mentioned Miguel Herrera, Jaime Lozano, Ricardo Ferretti, and Guillermo Almada.
Even though the Ecuadorian team met its initial expectations under coach Gustavo Alfaro, it failed to renew for the next qualifiers. It was recently known that the Argentine will leave the Andean team.
Among the possible replacements for Alfaro, the former coach of the Peru team Ricardo Gareca is playing. The Argentine has a long history in clubs and a historic classification with Peru in the 2018 World Cup. Another who has sounded is the Uruguayan Guillermo Almada, with a successful past at Barcelona in Ecuador.
Others who just arrived
While there are teams that are looking for their coach, there are also others that recently changed their helmsman. Among these, Bolivia (Gustavo Costas), Colombia (Néstor Lorenzo), Peru (Juan Máximo Reynoso), and Honduras (Diego Martín Vázquez) stand out.