Juan Antonio Pizzi could be coach of Tenerife

The Argentine revealed that "about five or six years ago" he had options to return to the island, "but I could not dissociate myself from the club I was in."


The name of Juan Antonio Pizzi is an icon on the island. The striker was part of the most glorious history of Tenerife, with whom he became 'Golden Boot' in Europe for his 31 goals in the 95/96 campaign and has a few years he was able to return as a coach. "There were options to come to train about five or six years ago, but I could not dissociate myself from the club I was in," he revealed in an interview on Cadena SER. "Someday it will be possible," added the current Racing Club de Argentina coach.

"Now, a great friend of mine like Ramis is training the team and I hope he can do a great job to get promotion if not now, in the coming season," he wished. He said that he is aware of what the team is doing and tries to follow it from a distance. The man from Santa Fe confessed that Tenerife “was one of the two most important clubs in my career. It allowed me to access the most important league in the world. I felt very comfortable since I arrived and was able to form great friendships, "he said.

Pizzi came to the club from Mexico. “I used to play for Toluca, whose coach was Eduardo Solari, Indio's brother who was at Tenerife at the time and kept me up to date. It took longer than desired, but in the end my arrival could be finalized ”. In his four seasons on the island, the striker scored 89 goals in his 159 games, becoming one of the entity's top historical gunners. He recalled that Jupp Heynckes “gave us a lot of freedom and each one knew what he had to do. That made us a strong team in defense and attack to achieve the collective achievement of UEFA and personally, to score a lot of goals ”. "Being a Golden Boot", said the forward "is one of the most important individual achievements of my career, but I highlight more the collective achievements, such as the team that we managed to do at that time."

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