At 46 years of age, Diego Alonso takes on the most important challenge of his career as Technical Director: the Uruguayan Selection soccer.
The challenge is not only part of the historical prestige of La Celeste and the world-class players that it will have at its disposal, but also because the team is outside the qualification zone for the World Cup and its main challenge will be to put Uruguay in Qatar 2022.
How was the trajectory of the “Tornado” until he managed to lead the National Team?
In his time as a footballer, Alonso made his debut in the First Division in that remembered Bella Vista team led by Julio Ribas, and later went through Gimnasia y Esgrima de La Plata (1999-2000 and 2008-2009), Valencia (2000-2001), Atlético de Madrid (2001-2002), Racing de Santander (2002-2003), Málaga (2003-2004), Pumas de la UNAM (2004-2005), Murcia (2005-2006), Nacional (2006), Shanghai Shenhua ( 2007) and Peñarol (2009-2012).
Once retired from the playing fields, he began his career as a Coach. It made its debut in Bella Vista and later went through Guaraní from Paraguay until it reached Peñarol in 2013. Then it went through Olimpia from Paraguay, where it made the leap to Mexican soccer.
In Aztec lands he directed Pachuca and Monterrey, where he won a Clausura tournament, a Liga MX and two CONCACAF Champions Leagues, being the most successful cycle so far in his career as DT.
He later emigrated to the United States to direct Inter Miami CF, a team led by David Beckham, an institution where he worked until February of this year.
As Technical Director, he presents himself as a modern, applied, temperamental and work-obsessive coach. He arrives in Uruguay with his coaching staff, which will be made up of Darío Rodríguez as Technical Assistant (he was a partner of Alonso as a footballer in Bella Vista and in Peñarol), Physical Trainer Juan Souto (who had already been working within his staff) and Oscar Ortega , “The Profe” who has been working alongside Cholo Simeone at Atlético Madrid for many years.