Fate has those unimaginable scenarios, which in football, as in life, usually have a touch of revenge. Thus, the one that Fernando Ortiz will have tonight in the Aztec stadium.
The ‘Tano’, Technical Director of America, will meet again eight years later with Diego Cocathat Argentine strategist who retired it early in 2014.
Ortiz was in Avellaneda Racing, ready to play one more year before retiring; however, the goodbye came early.
The two-time champion coach with Atlas arrived at the team of Avellaneda in 2014 and One of his first actions was to exclude the then central defender, his compatriot, from The Academy.
Víctor Blanco, president of Racing, had already agreed on the continuity of Ferdinand Ortiz, but nothing could do; ‘Tano’ received no explanation and the farewell was inevitable.
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“Diego (Cocca) never approached me to tell me that he didn’t take me into account. I would never do that as a coach, I like to show my face ”, declared years later journalist Juan Gorrochategui.
Today, Coca lives in a fairy tale, while Ortiz faces the biggest challenge of his career as a manager.
It’s been a long time, but fate did its thing again and tonight they will meet again at the Colossus of Santa Ursula.