Return to Argentina? PÃ©kerman on brink of âadiosâ to Colombia
Weeks of speculation regarding the future of coach JosÃ© PÃ©kerman as head of Colombiaâs national football team could end Tuesday when the Argentine terminates his work contract with the National Football Federation. So, itâs an âadiosâ to PÃ©kerman and a âgraciasâ for having brought Colombia back from World Cup extinction.
At the helm of Colombiaâs Tricolors since 2012, PÃ©kerman led the national team to two FIFA World Cup championships (Brazil 2014, Russia 2018), and, until his contract officially ends August 31, is the second longest-serving coach of a South American team.
The imminent departure of the 68-year-old Argentine began to become evident last week, when RamÃ³n Jesurun, president of the Federation remarked at a news conference that contract renewal negotiations with PÃ©kerman had stalled, and for the September friendly matches against Venezuela and Arg entina, the organization had approached Under-20 coach Arturo Reyes to lead La SelecciÃ³n.
Considered the âmost successful coach in Colombian history,â PÃ©kerman rose to prominence on the international scene after leading his native Argentina to three Under-20 World Cup triumphs (1995, 1997 and 2001) before named coach of the Blue and Whites in 2004. Pekermanâs two-year tenure as head of the legendary Albiceleste ended with the teamâs bitter defeat at the 2006 World Cup Germany. The quarter-final shoot-out against the host nation turned into a brawl and forced PÃ©kerman to resign amid criticism that he left a teenage Lionel Messi sitting on the bench at his tournament debut.
PÃ©kermanâs absence from international football ended in 2012, when he assumed the difficult task of restoring faith in Colombiaâs national team, after they last participated in World Cup France 1998; and just four years after AndrÃ©s Escobar was assassinated by hitmen from the MedellÃn cartel in retaliation after the defender mistakenly scored an auto-goal during the 1994 World Cup match against the United States.
Media outlets in Argentina are reporting this week the likely return of PÃ©kerman to his country, in order to assume the directorship of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), where revitalizing the Albiceleste after their disastrous showing in World Cup Russia is a top priority.Source: Google News Colombia | Netizen 24 Colombia