Reinaldo Rueda leaves Flamengo for Chile national team job
¡Bienvenido a #LaRoja, profe!
— Selección Chilena (@LaRoja) January 9, 2018
Reinaldo Rueda was announced as the new manager of the Chile national team this Monday, leaving his position at Flamengo to replace Juan Antonio Pizzi. Rueda has had a prosperous managerial career in South America recently leading Flamengo to the 2016 Copa Sudamericana final. The Colombian manager most notably won three Colombian league titles with Atletico Nacional and a Copa Libertadores title in his stint with Los Verdolagas from 2015-2017.
The contract for Rueda is until the end of the 2022 World Cup qualifiers and the Colombian boss will have a lot of pressure and responsibility leading La Roja in this new process. Juan Antonio Pizzi did fail Chile in the 2018 World Cup qualifiers but had a decent stint with the South American nation winning the 2016 Copa America.
Rueda’s task will be especially challenging heading into the 2022 World Cup with Arturo Vidal and Alexis Sanchez not getting any younger and an aging squad overall.