Bauza is already settled in San Pablo, but revived with Olé cycle in the "Ciclón". The first training, the intimacy of the Libertadores 2014, the farewell to the group and his playing style.
“Prestige, commitment, excellence, professionalism and, above all, honesty, are the pillars of Bauza’s work, one of the best managers on the continent.”
“The manager made our dreams come true. He is an excellent professional, but, above all, a great guy who will live in the hearts of all cuervos (San Lorenzo fans). San Lorenzo will never be the same after Bauza.”
“He doesn’t boast about his knowledge. He doesn’t promote his integrity. He's cautious with the media. Edgardo Bauza lives by the values of an elite manager. He leads groups, manages egos, builds teams, draws on virtues, conceals defects and win championships.”
“He is one of my favorite coaches. He has clear ideas; he’s also balanced, very good at handling groups, and a great guy. I’d always pick him for my team.”
The former coach of San Lorenzo signed with San Pablo for a year and assume the January 7 next year. The Paton won the Libertadores Cup with the "Ciclón" and Liga de Quito .
Edgardo Bauza leave his post at the coaching of San Lorenzo de Almagro:
"I have no words of thanks to all, from my experience, it was time to take this decision." .
As a player
Edgardo Bauza spent his formative years on the youth squad of Rosario Central, where he began his football career in 1972. He was promoted to the top division by Carlos Timoteo Griguol, in the 14th match of the 1977 National Championship, which Central won by a score of 4-0 against Quilmes (Argentina).
In 1980, he obtained the first title of his professional career with his beloved club, Rosario Central. He spent most of his career in that club, playing 310 matches, scoring 80 goals, and winning 2 national tournaments. He also played at Independiente de Avellaneda (first semester of 1986), Junior de Barranquilla (Colombia, 1983-1986), and Veracruz (México, 1989-1991).
His achievements and great performance drew the attention of Carlos Salvador Bilardo (Head Coach of the national team), who drafted him for the 1990 World Cup in Italy, where Argentina made it to the final stage.
Although a defender, he scored so many goals that he is the world’s 4th top scoring defender, with 109 goals in 499 games.
Another interesting fact: with 9 goals he is the all-time top scorer for Rosario Central, against Newell’s Old Boys, the team’s crosstown rival, since the beginning of AFA tournaments (Both teams from Rosario joined the competitions in 1939).
As a manager
In 1993, he started his career as a manager for Rosario Central, his beloved club. At first, he coached the minor league, and in 1994, he was appointed as the manager of all youth squads. During a 4-year period, he achieved great success, as all the youth divisions won titles and several players were promoted to the top league.
In 1998, he was appointed as the head coach of the top league, a position he held until 2001. During this period, the team returned to international tournaments, following a 3-year absence, and made it to the Copa Conmebol finals in 1998, and to the semifinal round of the Copa Libertadores de América, which the team had never achieved previously.
Under his management, the team also won second place at the 2000 National Tournament, the team’s best campaign in short tournaments.
Another interesting fact: during this 3-year period, more than 15 players were promoted to the senior squad, including Ezequiel González, Matías Lequi, Daniel Díaz, Iván Moreno y Fabianesi, and Walter Gaitán. Following this, promotions continued with new crops of players, including Luciano Figueroa, Ángel Di María, César Delgado, and others.
In 2001, he switched to Vélez Sarsfield. During a 7-month period, he promoted several players from the youth squads, such as Jonás Gutiérrez, Leandro Somoza, Mariano Uglessich, Emanuel Centurión, and others.
In 2002, he was appointed as the head coach of the Colón de Santa Fe team. Under his leadership, the team qualified for international competitions, following a long absence.
In 2004, Bauza was hired by Sporting Cristal from Perú. With that team, he won his first title as a manager in the 2004 Clausura Tournament.
In 2005, he returned to Colón de Santa Fe, where he led one of the most successful seasons in the team’s history.
In 2006, he switched to Liga Deportiva Universitaria de Quito (Ecuador). The team won the National Tournament in 2007 and the Copa Libertadores de América in 2008.
Liga de Quito became the first Ecuadorian team to win the Copa Libertadores, and the first to win an international title sponsored by the CONMEBOL.
The team also made it to the final stage of the FIFA Club World Cup, where they lost against Manchester Utd. (England).
On December 31, 2008, he was named manager of the year (Americas), according to a poll organized by the newspaper El País from Montevideo, in which journalists from all over the continent voted.
Thanks to his tenure as a manager in Liga de Quite, in 2008, he was awarded as “The best manager in America” and names as the 3rd best manager of the world, only after Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC) and Dick Advocaat (FC Zenit of San Petersbugo).
In 2009, he travelled to Saudi Arabia, where he coaches Al-Nassr, only for three months.
On December 14, 2009, he returned to the Liga de Quito of Ecuador team, since coach Jorge Fossati moved to Internacional de Porto Alegre. In his second term, the team won two new titles. On September 8, 2010, the team won the Recopa Sudamericana, defeating Estudiantes (Argentina) 2-1 in the first game and 0-0 in the second game. They also won the Ecuadorian championship (Copa Credifé 2010), after defeating Emelec (Guayaquil) in the finals, with a 2-1 aggregate victory (2-0 in Quito, 0-1 in Guayaquil). This meant the tenth title for the "Albo" team. In 2011, the team reached the final stage of the Copa Sudamericana, where they lost against Universidad de Chile.
Following the departure of Juan Antonio Pizzi, who left San Lorenzo de Almagro after winning the Argentinean Inicial Tournament of 2013, Bauza became the head coach of the team, winning his second Copa Libertadores in 2014, after defeating Nacional (Paraguay) in the finals. This was the first Copa Libertadores championship for the club.
In November 2015, he resigned after winning second place in the local tournament and qualifying for the Copa Libertadores de América competition.
On January 7, 2016, he switched to Sao Paulo (Brazil). The team reached the semifinal round of the Copa Libertadores de América where they lost against Atlético Nacional. After one semester with the Brazilian team, Bauza was introduced as the new manager for the Argentine national team on 1 August 2016.
As a player
Argentinean First Division TournamentRosario Central, National Tournament 1980, First Division Tournament 1986/1987
As a manager
Argentinean First Division Tournament runners-upRosario Central [Apertura 1999]
Peruvian Clausura TournamentSporting Cristal 
Peruvian First Division Tournament runners-upSporting Cristal 
Ecuadorian First Division TournamentLiga de Quito 
Ecuadorian First Division Tournament runners-upLiga de Quito 
Ecuadorian First Division TournamentLiga de Quito 
Argentinean First Division Tournament runners-upSan Lorenzo de Almagro 
Copa Conmebol runners-upRosario Central 
Copa Libertadores de América championLiga de Quito 
FIFA Club World Cup runners-upLiga de Quito 
Recopa Sudamericana championLiga de Quito 
Copa Suruga Bank runners-upLiga de Quito 
Copa Sudamericana runners-upLiga de Quito 
Copa Libertadores de América championSan Lorenzo de Almagro 
FIFA Club World Cup runners-upSan Lorenzo de Almagro 
Recopa Sudamericana runners-upSan Lorenzo de Almagro 
4th top scoring defender- Named 4th top scoring defender by the IFFHS.
best manager in America- Voted best manager in America in 2008 by the newspaper El País (Montevideo).
3rd best manager in the world- Named 3rd best manager in the world in 2008 by the IFFHS, behind Sir Alex Ferguson (Manchester United FC) and Dick Advocaat (FC Zenit Saint Petersburg).
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Bruno Militano physical trainer
A beautiful memoryNov 22, 2015
A beautiful memoryclose
I have always thought that this beautiful profession has a problem that has nothing to do with the work method or the tactics. The main challenge for a manager is making decisions, day after day, in order to ensure that everything is handled the best way, on all fronts: inside and outside the team, within the club, with employees and collaborators, with the medical staff and even the stadium managers. All of which contribute to the daily life and function of a team. Switching to San Lorenzo was a considered, calculated decision and, without a doubt, it was very difficult for me to take this step. I received the offer after announcing that I would not extend my contract with Liga Deportiva Universitaria (Quito) when it was up, at the end of 2013. The offer meant returning to Argentina after 9 years (the last time was in 2005 at Colón, Santa Fe), considering everything that this implies. The team had just won the First Division Tournament, which presents an awkward situation for a new manager, as it is uncommon to look for a new head coach when things are going well. In addition, there was an enormous responsibility to calm everyone’s obsession with winning the Copa Libertadores de América. This combination posed quite a challenge, so we arrived to the club with the intention to give it our best, as we always had. I found a club that was running smoothly in every aspect: confident executives and an extraordinary squad with firm convictions and a strong desire to win. However, as always, it was no walk in the park at first. After analyzing the championship team, I discovered that there was a lack of commitment on the part of the defense. When I tried to address this issue, I faced a lot of disappointment. However, after a few practices and matches that did not go well, the players realized that my suggestion was in the best interests of the team. Thus, the team grew stronger and this became a serious obstacle for opponents. I remember a loss in Chile to Unión Española. At halftime, the team was very discouraged and in low spirits. I closed the door and said, “today, for the first time, I see the team I’ve imagined. From now on, we won’t stop winning.” Maybe I did not get immediate results at the matches, but I certainly noticed a change at the weekly training sessions. The rest of the story is well known. We faced Gremio (Porto Alegre) in the round of 16, and Cruzeiro in the quarterfinals. At these games, both individual and collective performance reached a peak, and we qualified for the semifinals as the visiting team. The next round presented a big problem. Everyone said we were the favorites and that we had already won the cup. My most important decision was to keep the players away from that thinking, but at the same time, to make them feel that they were a team with the ability to defy history. I had to limit access to training sessions, so that increasing numbers of fans would not come asking for autographs and photos. The day of the match against Bolívar finally arrived. Our 5-0 win was proof of the players’ confidence from the start of the match, which marked the difference between the two teams. The team's seamless performance at La Paz secured our participation in the finals. A club executive, who later became a friend, told me “Patón, this is the most important match in the history of the club.” We went to Paraguay with the same conviction and with the support of almost 10,000 fans who were desperate to win that cup. In my opinion, the team played one of their best matches, and the score should have been higher. Nevertheless, this sport is so baffling in many ways. National tied the game in stoppage time. Boedo was madness, and the hotel where we were staying was certainly not any calmer. Thanks to my intuition and my experience in similar situations, I had the players focus on the game and not on the fans. As always, we prepared for the match by watching a video of our opponents. We knew them, we knew what they were capable of –there were no surprises. That is how we began the most important match in the history of the club. Fans were cheering, giving the team a morale boost. However, as the minutes passed they could not believe what was happening. The players were stuck, nervous, clumsy –showing nothing of their repertoire. When Ortigoza scored, things got a little bit calmer, but I wanted that the first half to be over as soon as possible. In the locker room, after a short break, I talked about the road to the finals, and I focused solely on getting the players back to their usual level. The burden of history, the pressure of the fans and the concrete possibility of winning the cup negatively affected the team, which resulted in the team's worst first half of the cup. This reassuring talk along with the team forte did the rest. 10 minutes into the second half, I knew that we were champions. The opponents tried their best to change the outcome, but they could not defeat a team that was playing so well and in such high spirits. You know the rest –an extraordinary final, a grand celebration with the fans, the tears of joy of those who waited more than 50 years to witness this achievement. It was almost too good to be true. History will note that it was the first Libertadores cup championship for the club. I say that this accomplishment was only possible because of a group of remarkable players with a winning attitude, who played with confidence and passion in every stadium. In retrospect, the carefully considered and rational decision I made in Quito was one of the best of my career. I want to thank the players, the executives, the club employees and the coaching staff; they all deserve it.
Passes and reception: the keysDec 21, 2011 Keep reading
The importance of good styleclose
Today, we are all amazed by the style that F.C. Barcelona displays. Every day, more people enjoy their game. For those, like me –who enjoy watching the offense the most, there is enormous satisfaction with the team’s excellence. Undoubtedly, the level of their players is at its finest, Messi offers an extra notch regarding effectiveness, Xavi and Iniesta have a major responsibility in the circulation, but also other talented players contribute to the function of the team. In my opinion, this is the best team I have ever witnessed. Nevertheless, this story began several years ago. While Guardiola is, unequivocally, a great strategist and an excellent team leader, it is also true that these players were formed in the same place according a certain style, which began with the arrival of Johan Cruyff as the manager of Barcelona, a position he held from 1988 to 1995. He changed the work methods at the Masia (the facility for the Barcelona youth academy). His ideas evolved to a school and a style for playing and training youth squads. This style focused on the sense of belonging and a particular approach to the game. After reading some interviews with J. Cruyff, his way of thinking and team style become clear. One time, he was asked for the definition of football, and he replied, “Pass and reception.” When I first read this answer, I dismissed it as empty and hollow. However, after I reflected upon it, I realized how meaningful it was. Because, if we analyze a football match, the team that passes and receives the ball with greater precision will be guaranteed the dominance of the game. Barcelona is, to my knowledge, the greatest expression of this concept, because they make a strategy out of possession and they score, through their key players. Now, is it possible to replicate this model? I think not. Not everyone has a Messi, a Xavi, an Iniesta, or a Busquets. Nevertheless, we can work with our players and encourage them to commit themselves to this possession approach as a key factor for the team. Of course, there are other important aspects, like the tactical scheme, the strategy, the effort to retrieve the ball when it is lost and the speed to line up during defense. While they can be considered as circumstances of the game, if a team doesn’t take care of the ball, they end up running too much and with fewer opportunities to control the game. The Barcelona style, that began with Cruyff and was prolonged by Van Gaal, Rijkaard y Guardiola, is, unmistakably, an approach that began with the Dutch style, with masters like Marinus Jacobus Hendricus "Rinus" Michels (Head Coach of the Dutch national team). This approach was used by teams like Ajax in the seventies and the national team, from 74 to 78, which allowed them to reach the finals in two world cups. I had the chance to visit the Netherlands, and observed the training of the youth squads, and I can confirm that this approach is their signature style; pass and reception are the basics for the kids. However, this is just one way to experience this beautiful sport. Some prefer quick, long passes to the strikers, others prioritize speed; others, a close collapsing defense to counter-attack. No one has the absolute truth, all ways have proved valid, and each one has its own pros and cons. I personally chose possession as a priority, because it provides me the means to attack my opponent and defend myself at the same time, since the rival does not have the ball. Of course, for this tactic you need players with great skills to pass and to receive the ball. As always, great players are the key. Guardiola has managed to combine two variables: good style and excellent players, what a great equation.
Cycles – they are what they are.Dec 15, 2013
Because football cycles must come to an end.close
In an interview that Alex Ferguson gave after he retired from coaching Manchester United, he declared, among other things, that any team could only maintain a top level of performance during a period of 4 to 5 years. This statement deserves deeper analysis. Regardless of my opinion, there are certain examples that support this assertion. First, I do not think that we can overlook the fact that we are from South America, latinos. We perceive achievements and victory in a way that does not allow us to measure it correctly, in spite of what is immediately reflected in the media. That is why we question Menotti and Bilardo, trying to find something that contradicts their concepts or decisions, instead of recognizing how great their achievements were for Argentinean football. It seems like success cannot transcend time. The fans are, without a doubt, part of this logic, as they feel that their team should always win. Even after winning a championship and celebrating the players as idols, they will insult the players if they have a bad start in the next tournament, and that is just normal, as that is the way it is. Now, if we have to analyze only the functioning of the team, I am very much of the opinion of Sir Alex: it is impossible to maintain top performance for more than five years. Why? Well, that depends largely on the team. Once Caldas and Colo are not the same as Real Madrid, because it is impossible for a South American team to retain their top players after a successful competition. The team is dismembered, and the players who made it possible are sold. The club does not have the resources to replace the players with others of a similar level, due to the high costs. We also must consider that the peak performance of the players depends on their age, the injuries they may suffer, etc. Another aspect is the group that is formed; the leaders of all teams are fundamental and play a key role so the team can achieve their goals. We can also add the manager’s work, the training hours and the decisions they make during competition, which set the course of the team. Sustaining all these aspects is, without a doubt, the most difficult part in achieving success over time. A player’s performance can reach highs and lows, and that is normal; injuries appear, and that is normal; players leave the team, and that is normal; managers make wrong decisions, and that is normal. That is why peak performance starts to decline. It is very difficult to explain this to football fans, they could not care less. Or, at least, the vast majority of them. Reality tells us otherwise, and there are several examples: Boca, under Bianchi’s management, maintained high levels of performance for several years, look at Independiente, River Plate, Palmeiras, which won several championships but now are relegated to the second division, San Pablo, and we could keep going. Today, I resigned from Liga Deportiva Universitaria (Quito), it was an unforgettable 6 years, but as with all teams, it experienced the problems we mentioned before. Today, it is working to restore its finances and structure; it is only a matter of time before it does so. I am sure that we were able to sustain the peak moments for five years – from 2007, when we achieved the national championship, until 2011, when we lost the final of the Copa Sudamericana against Universidad de Chile. In this time, the team won the Copa Libertadores, made it to the finals of the FIFA Club World Cup, won the Copa Sudamericana, 2 Recopas and another national championship. Truth is, there were too many triumphs for a small team that could always dream big but lacked the history and infrastructure necessary for long-term sustainability. This cycle could be sustained for five years, and I hope the fans will again experience these moments in the future. I want to thank you for the possibility of being part of this success, this cycle; because they are what they are.
How soccer has changed...Jun 17, 2011
The transformation over the last two decadesclose
Truth is, football, like all other sports, has evolved, just like the life we live. This beautiful and popular sport has undergone so many changes in the last 20 years, which I would dare to say that it’s a completely different sport, compared to the one I played until 1991. To my knowledge, two critical changes mark a turning point: 1) Changes in the rulebook, and 2) Changes in the media. Which one is more important? I leave that question to you. Regarding the rulebook, in 1992, FIFA made some major decisions: The goalkeeper cannot handle the ball if a teammate passes it with a kick. The goalkeeper cannot retain the ball more than 6 seconds. This sped up the game, reduced the distance between players, and obliged the players to act faster. We (managers) had to start changing our procedures. Players became athletes, and football changed its dynamic. Another important change was the new requirements for the referees. The maximum age for international referees was lowered, so that they would keep pace with the speed of the game. The rules also imposed punishment for violent players and those wasting time. Cards are shown more frequently, so delays and speculations are long gone. In the media, there was a huge change. Since the media started to televise live matches from all over the world, the audience is now able to watch a countless number of matches, local tournaments, international cups, and national games. This generated public interest that, logically, resulted in the appearance of sponsors. Players became publicity models, and then media stars. They multiplied their earnings, and so did the clubs, and their faces became widely recognized. Sports journalism also underwent a great change. The number of shows and articles in TV, radio and printed media went up, as well as the number of reporters devoted to football. Today, we can watch sport shows all day long, covering the practice sessions and following the players permanently. There was also a transformation at the executive level. They had to be prepared to lead the clubs in a different way, since the clubs are now companies. Suddenly, the budget increased enormously due to the arrival of advertising and television. The club is now a brand and the demands are bigger. Those who did not understand this have taken a back seat to the great change that the most beautiful sport in the world underwent.
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