Luis Zubeldia is synonymous with Lanús because as a player he completed his training and developed his short career. This Saturday his team will seek glory at the Mario Alberto Kempes stadium against Defense and Justice in the final of the CONMEBOL Sudamericana.
As a coach, he begins his fifth year in two stages with a great objective: to add the first title to his individual record and the third international for the Argentine club.
‘The Little Prince’ Zubeldia, who on January 13 turned 40, has the opportunity to lift his first trophy as head coach 10 days later, since in 2007 he was assistant to the late Ramón Cabrero when Garnet conquered the Apertura Tournament.
In his short career as a player, Luis Zubeldia played 57 games and scored three goals until 2004 when he had to retire at 23 due to osteochondritis dissecting in his left knee.
The native of the pampas city of Santa Rosa played in the U17 and U20 teams.
With the Sub 17 he participated in the South American and the 1997 World Cup, and with the Sub 20 he came to play the 1999 World Cup and days before the 2001 edition, which was played in Argentina, he was ruled out due to his knee injury.
“The transition from soccer player to coach was complicated. I always say that my family had a lot to do with it. I am the youngest of the boys and they were my teachers, I was getting personality and education. I lived four years with one of my brother, who He is a physical trainer, and at that time he handled technology very well, “said Zubeldia in an interview with Brand.
After the great celebration of the local title in 2007 as Cabrero’s assistant, Luis Zubeldia accepted the challenge of being the main coach with only 27 years, and in two seasons he achieved a fourth place in the 2008 Apertura Tournament and qualification for the Copa Libertadores del next year.
In addition, in the 2008-2009 season, Garnet finished as the best team, although without crowning, with 75 points, the best mark in the club’s history.
After his first international experience in the Ecuadorian Barcelona between 2011 and 2012, he arrived at Racing Club (2012) where until 2013 he promoted several youth players, but did not achieve stability in the results.
Since then, he has undertaken several experiences abroad with some good campaigns but without being able to crown them with a title in the Quito League (2014-2015), the Mexican Santos Laguna (2016), the Independiente Medellín (2017), the Spanish Deportivo Alavés (2017). ) and the Paraguayan Cerro Porteño (2018).
On September 3, 2018, Lanús announced the return of Luis Zubeldía to replace Ezequiel Carboni.
In two years he has a 52 percent effectiveness on the points in dispute between local tournaments and this South American Cup.
“I have a very strong feeling for Lanús and many dreams. I want the team to always win and, if it wins titles, the better. The club has a very rich recent history and we have to live up to it. As of 2007, Lanús was up to the height of the competitions. They are logical things in relation to the effort made by the club but at the same time difficult, “Zubeldia recently expressed.