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Chile Appoints Berizzo New Coach After 2022 World Cup Qualification Failure

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Chilean Football Federation has appointed Argentine Eduardo Berizzo as the new coach of the Chilean national football team, replacing Uruguay’s Martin Lasarte.

Lasarte leaves the job after 15 months having failed to guide Chile to the 2022 World Cup in Qatar later this year.

“We have a coach. It is Eduardo Berizzo, who is known to our football and has a vast international experience,” said Chilean Football Federation president Pablo Milad on the body’s Twitter account.

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The 52-year-old Berizzo was previously part of another Argentine coach, Marcelo Bielsa’s Chile backroom staff between 2007 and 2010, his first experience in coaching after hanging up his boots.

A former centre-back he won 13 caps for Argentina and was twice part of the country’s Copa America squads, although he only ever appeared in one match.

Berizzo played for River Plate and Marseille in a career that took him from his homeland to Mexico, France and Spain.

Berizzo enjoyed great success coaching in Chile, leading O’Higgins to the first title in their history in 2013.

Berizzo coached in Spain between 2014 and 2018, before taking charge of Paraguay in 2019, but was fired in October 2021 after a 4-0 World Cup qualifying loss to Bolivia.

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