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Star Soccer Coach Menotti Starts First Day of Work in Cuba
12 Oct 2005
Star Soccer Coach Menotti Starts First Day of Work in Cuba
Havana, Oct 4 (Prensa Latina) Argentine soccer trainer Luis Cesar Menotti, one of the greatest names in world soccer, met with Cuban trainers on his first day of work in the Island, where he will give seminars to Cuban coaches and "make a great contribution to Cuban soccer," he said.

Menotti, 67 years old, was head coach of the Argentinean soccer team that won the 1978 World Cup. He has returned to Cuba after 14 years to be at the service of the Cuban sport.

"It will be a pleasure for me, and I would love to do it," he said, referring to the need for Cuban soccer to earn recognition and respect, and he declared it should become involved in more international competitions.

"Cuba has the chance to go to a World Cup. I don't see why it can't. Once I said that one plays soccer the way he lives. If Cuba has athletes, finds a style to play, and finds the idea for efficiency, I think Cuba has all the possibilities," he said.

Author of "Futbol: Juego, Deporte y Profesion" (Soccer: Game, Sport and Profession), Menotti is a fan of Ernesto Che Guevara, and considers it an honor to have been born in the city of Rosario, where Che Guevara was also born.

He said proudly that he was born inside a soccer court and he would surely die inside a soccer court.

Regarding the problems affecting soccer, he said that many players come to the World Cups too tired, because the world of business devours the sport.

"Every time there is a great competition, too many of the best players are too tired after playing so many matches. I hope someone takes the right measures for the next World Cup in Germany," he exclaimed.

The previous visit of Menotti to Cuba was in August 1991, when the Pan American Games were held, in order to study the players of the Mexican junior (under 23 years old) soccer team, when he was training the national team of Mexico for the 1994 World Cup held in the US.

Menotti also worked with several professional soccer clubs, among them Barcelona and Atletico de Madrid (Spain), and Argentine Boca Juniors and River Plate.

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