Just a little more to elaborate on Gary’s statements from the previous article (see below) regarding Marcelo Bielsa’s scouting and promoting talented players to the next level.
“Everyone would be shocked if someone like Bielsa came. He will find the talent. He would have no problem debuting an 18 year old from the academy or from a Sunday league on the Senior Team. No U18 or U20 team, the Senior Team. (Moises Orozco would be one of them). Our NT would have complete “no names” on it. But “no names” with true quality.”
Javier Mascherano had not even debuted with River Plate and was given his full national team cap for the Argentine National Team.
Bielsa had taken a group of youth team players to Japan-South Korea World Cup to act as sparring partners for training sessions. During those sessions he noted the boy had true class to not only contend with, but displace, some of his senior peers.
These are small details only the well trained eye can see. We all know the trajectory Mascherano has taken since. He is now considered one of the best holding midfielders in world football.
Pavel Pardo had a similar story.
Here is one of the best players in Mexican football of the last decade. 139 National team caps! One of the few Mexican exports to have a successful stint in Europe winning the Bundesliga with Stuttgart. He was given his first taste of 1st team professional football at Atlas by Marcelo Bielsa.
Possibly the biggest name to come out of Mexican soccer since Hugo Sanchez.
The player was identified by Marcelo Bielsa during his time in Mexico with Atlas. Bielsa is considered Rafa’s first mentor and has a lot to do with the success of the Mexican international. Going on to Europe with Monaco, winning the French league title, and earning his well deserved transfer to Spanish giants FC Barcelona.
Bielsa’s next crop will soon follow, and it will be beneficial to his current employers: Chile.
Look at the transformation of Chilean Football over last 4 years. He kicked the prima donna players to the curb and utilized mostly no-name young talent in his first term in charge. World football beware, a soccer minnow is on the rise with the right man in charge.
Just wanted to follow up with a few examples of what can be done with a high level coach at the top of the food chain.
We do have players with these capabilities in the United States.
Unfortunately, what we currently select nobody wants outside these borders – it’s useless on the world stage. With the right person, our football would grow and we could aspire to boasting world class talent wanted by European giants.