Argentinian Gustavo Costas He was dismissed from the technical management of the Bolivia national team, and became the second coach to leave his position in the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, with the conclusion of the fourth round.
On Tuesday, Costas himself confirmed the agreement with the Bolivian Football Federation to leave his position, after 14 months, in a message on the social networking site X, formerly Twitter.
He added: “Thank you for everything to the great Bolivian people. It was a beautiful experience, even though the results were not with us.” “Success is for everyone, I carry it deep in my heart,” 60-year-old Costas said.
The French Football Federation reported on Monday evening that it had taken a decision to dismiss the captain.
Costas follows in the footsteps of Argentine Guillermo Barros Schelotto, who left the Paraguay national team in mid-September.
The Football Association signed Costas in August 2022, when the Argentine was coaching the Chilean club Palestino.
Bolivia occupies last place in the South American standings, without points, with two goals against 11 matches.
They added four consecutive defeats: 5-1 against Brazil, 3-0 against Argentina, 2-1 against Ecuador, and 1-0 against Paraguay. Not even 3,650 meters in La Paz, as on other occasions, helped him.
Bolivia will resume its fifth confrontation at home against Peru on November 16, then visit Uruguay five days later.
The national football entity began searching clockwise for an alternative, while the name of Brazilian Antonio Carlos Zago, who became a champion with Bolivar in 2022, began to be heard in the local press.
South America has six direct seats for the World Cup, which will be organized by the United States, Canada and Mexico, while the seventh-place team will play a rematch against a team from another continent.
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