The Brazilian club Botafogo announced this Thursday as its new coach the former Argentine footballer Ramón Ángel El Pelado Díaz, who is expected next Saturday in Rio de Janeiro to sign the contract and assume the leadership of the team.
“Welcome, Don Ramón!”, wrote the carioca club in Spanish in his profile of Twitter, where he posted a photo of the coach and the team’s shield.
The Botafogo indicated that after the “success” of Díaz with the Football Committee, in charge of the negotiation, “the coach signed a pre-contract and will arrive in Rio on Saturday” to conclude his relationship and begin work with the team.
Díaz, 61 years old and who stood out as a player for the Argentine National Team at the end of the seventies and in the eighties, in addition to being a member of the military in clubs in his country, Italy, France and Japan, was as coach of the Paraguayan club Libertad Asuncion.
As coach, Díaz led the Argentine teams River Plate -club with which he also debuted as a player-, San Lorenzo de Almagro and Independiente de Avellaneda, the Águilas del América of Mexico, Al-Hilal and Al-Ittihad of Saudi Arabia, the Egyptian Pyramids of Asyut and the Paraguayan national team between 2014 and 2016.
Before Díaz, Botafogo was very close to announcing the Venezuelan César Farías as a coach, but the coach decided to accept an offer to remain at the helm of the Bolivian team.
Botafogo, eliminated this week from the Brazil Cup by second division Cuiabá, fired coach Bruno Lazaroni.
The Rio de Janeiro team occupies the fourteenth box of the Brazilian League with twenty points and one game less, fifteen units behind the International leaders of Porto Alegre and Flamengo, also from Rio de Janeiro.
In Botafogo, Díaz will have a foreign legion led by the Japanese World Cup player Keisuke Honda, Salomón Kalou from Ivorian, Paraguayan goalkeeper Roberto “Gatito” Fernández, Peruvian Alexánder Lecaros, Uruguayan Federico Barrandeguy and Colombians Carlos Renteria and Iván Angulo.