Gabriel Wainer (Buenos Aires, 1966) has “played” the World Cup so far. Rafael Marquez, Messi anyone Christian. There are five of them, and for him, Train This is his sixth appearance despite never appearing on the field or scoring a goal. What he does is examine the opponents and analyze the training sessions for the four different teams and the bench masters and their own matches. Bielsa, Pekerman or Tata Martino.
His story begins exactly in Rosario and “Crazy” becomes his “accomplice”. “I will live there at 20 and try to get closer to football, start studying Social Communication and look for a job in sports media,” says Gabriel of the Ecuadorian team’s intensity in Qatar. at the moment “Tri” sports directorHe has more than a hundred people under his supervision and has a more organizational role than a technical assistant.
“Over time, I got into sports radio to earn my living. teller at a bank”, continues Wainer, before reaching the moment that absolutely changed his life, or at least got him to where he is now. “In the afternoon, I went to the training of the teams assigned to me over the radio. Until one day he sent me to Newell’s and there I made my first contact with Bielsa. We started exchanging questions and answers, gained some trust, and he saw something in me. He was telling me situations on his board and I was learning what he was looking for”. When the coach goes to Atlas de México, he offers to take a coaching course. “He called me on the phone to tell me how the games were at Newell’s. The dialogue became more and more fluid until he invited me to work with him at Vélez Sarsfield in 1997. He adds me to his permanent coaching staff”.
And in 2002, he started the World Cup marathon, which has now been held six times, all in the 21st century. His job is always as a competitor analyst, with the first coach’s assistant, something that prompted her to travel all over the world and experience unusual situations when she had to enroll in a school. billiard club in La Paz or a school in Asunción to “spy” the training of the team they will encounter from there.
He made his debut with Bielsa and Argentina. Korea and Japan World Cup it will later be repeated with albiceleste in 2006, now José Pekerman is in charge. Inside World Cup 2010 He worked with Paraguay de Martino and in 2014 and 2018 is back with Pekerman, though this time in the Colombian team. His role just changed. this is 2022 in Ecuador, where he set aside player and opponent analysis to become sports director.
De Bielsa draws attention to “attack obsession”is what defines it best”, Pekerman, “has a very good intuition, he senses things and a large percentage is right about what will happen”; during Tata Martino said, “You come to the locker room a lot, He is very close to the players, he was one of them for many years and he understands what the players need, he is always inclined to attack football.”
With hours of matches watched over the six months from the draw of a World Cup groupset to the final stage, he discovered the last detail of the opposing teams and players for the three of them.
He has many memories of his 25-year career and lists a number of names that scare him, even though it’s hard for him to keep a special shirt: Batistuta, Leo Messi, mole Caceres, Paulo da Silva Justo Villar…. I keep one of these with great love Pablito Aimar, Juanfer QuinteroJames Rodríguez…” and Ecuador’s two goals against Qatar, finishing with that of Enner Valencia.
To break away from football, he likes to play golf, barbecue with friends and family, and watch football, albeit more casually. “When I’m not working, I watch Premier League, League, Champions League matches… I don’t have to analyze too much except the matches of the teams. those who employ my children (Martín and Javier), I look at these carefully and then discuss them.
Since 1997, the ways of collecting information have also changed a lot due to the advancement of technology. From VHS videos that arrive by courier in two or three days, to CDs and up-to-date discovery apps that let you see everything in near real time from any device. What hasn’t changed is that if there’s a World Cup, it’s there. Gabriel Waineer.
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