Hernán Crespo, historic scorer for the Argentina National Team and Italian football has an appointment this Saturday to shore up his nascent coaching career, which began in 2015 with Modena. His Defense and Justice is measured with Lanús in the final of the CONMEBOL Sudamericana.
‘Valdanito’, a nickname that arises from his similarity in the game shown by his compatriot Jorge Valdano, he hung up his boots in 2010 in Genoa and then took time to train as a coach.
He began his new career in the Fourth Division of Calcio before making a return to Argentina. He reached the bench of the Banfield and from there to the Defense and Justice.
With a 51% effectiveness in his campaign in the Halcón since 2019, Crespo notably improved his average in Modena (36.20%) and Banfield (33.33%).
His best moment has been in the 2020 South American Cup with a campaign of five wins and three draws.
Crespo, born in the Buenos Aires town of Florida, trained as a player at River Plate and then had several Italian experiences in Parma, Lazio, Inter, Milan and Genoa, in addition to a two-year stint at English Chelsea.
He remains one of the most outstanding Latin American scorers, with 323 official goals, an average of 0.475 per game. He is also one of the six Argentine footballers who have scored 200 goals or more in European football: 272.
Furthermore, he is the fourth top scorer in the history of the Argentine national team behind Gabriel Batistuta, Lionel Messi and Sergio Agüero, with 35 goals in 64 games played between 1995 and 2006.
In that period he played the World Cups in France 1998, South Korea-Japan 2002 and Germany 2006.
“I dream of being the coach of the Argentine National Team and achieving what I couldn’t as a player: being a world champion. I continue to admire the way in which Bielsa trains his players and improves them. It is one of the things that I tried to copy for myself. work, “Crespo said last year when talking about his dreams as a coach.
Regarding this possibility of winning the South American Cup with Defense and Justice, Crespo has already declared himself “happy with what he has obtained.”
He aspires to much more but understands that there is a rival, Lanús, with more stripes.
“I am very happy for these players who play in an incredible way, believe in what they do and respect a way of playing that is giving us incredible joy,” he said.
Beyond the conjectures about his future that put him on the radar of Racing, Independiente and San Lorenzo, Hernán Crespo has until this Saturday the only priority to achieve the title with Defense and Justice. “
It would be the first championship for the Falcon in its 85 years of foundation, and the first for the former striker in just over five years of career.