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This legend is to the Messi-Whisperer?

César Luis Menotti, Argentina's world champion trainer of 1978, a had - to say the least - ambivalent relationship to the football Association of his country. After his discharge in December 1982, he avoided the premises of the AFA 36 years, only a few months ago, he went back to take a picture to pick up.

On Monday evening (local time) was the amazement in Argentina, the greater, as the AFA announced a reconciliation of the special kind: The legendary football intellectual to 1. February AFA-Director all teams of the Association. "A bomb," wrote Argentine sports newspaper Olé on Tuesday.

Guardiola and Klinsmann listen to him

One can only imagine what satisfaction it must have felt Menotti. For decades, he is amazed that he is asked by foreign journalists, and professionals, such as the modern Trainer-icon Pep Guardiola (formerly FC Bayern, today, Manchester City) Council. Also in the realignment of the German football , he played a role in the Background.

At the 2006 world Cup, told the Menotti-student Jorge Valdano, who left the then national coach Jürgen Klinsmann discreet team storage, with Menotti for hours about tactical issues, to exchange. The Argentines, the Klinsmann at Sampdoria as a coach, had met, was as a TV pundit in Munich.

in 1977, was smoked on the bench unrestrained: Menotti in an international match in Buenos Aires (image: Imago)

Now to oversee Menotti nothing less than that of the AFA-sponsored "re-establishment" of Argentine football. With 80 Years Of. Or should he submit only serve as a lightning rod, a decorative figure? So it was Menotti's adversary, the terminally ill, Carlos Salvador Bilardo, the 1986 with Diego Maradona world champion, from 2008 to 2014.

the national coach said Menotti recently, he knew neither him nor his project charm has this Argentine Reflection on the sources yet. No-one has made as many thoughts to the footballing identity of his country, such as Menotti, the keyword of "La nuestra" was (our football). He had success with it, however, 50 years ago.

First, he revolutionized with CA Huracán in the Argentine football, then he is heralded as a national coach in 1974, a "process" that culminated in the world title from 1978. His discourse has not changed since then, he speaks still preferably, in metaphors, borrowed images from the world of music and literature. The last time trained Menotti in 2007, a team in Mexico.

Took after the world Cup eighth final in 2018 against France a break: Lionel Messi. (Image: Imago)

to unravel on the Other hand, The Chaos, the Argentina football for years, plagues, seems like a Titanic task for younger forces. The decision of the controversial Association of heads of Claudio "Chiqui" Tapia, to enable Menotti, looks like trying to the horse in the middle of a rice stream send from the rear bridle.

Among other things, because Menotti's room for manoeuvre is limited: As the coach of the A-team, he finds Lionel Scaloni, who came in 2018 only to the office, because no other was available. Of Scaloni Menotti recently said that he knew neither him, nor his project. Perhaps the Menotti of a man who speaks very good Spanish, and he estimates that since the 2006 world Cup as a brave revolutionary: Klinsmann recalls.

A conversation with Messi?

the Key will be whether Menotti finds a common denominator with Argentina's best player of the century, Lionel Messi. The captain of FC Barcelona has not yet declared whether he wants to finish his after the 2018 world Cup in Russia, which started time-out in the national dress. With Messi, Menotti has never spoken personally.

In the radio broadcast Era por abajo he compared Messi with the legendary guitarist Paco de Lucía. Who is this talking, never would have guessed that he would turn on the stage in a genius like Messi, told Menotti. The next big stage is currently being prepared in Brazil. The Copa América is coming up in June. (Editorial Tamedia)

Created: 17.01.2019, 09:33 PM

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