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Peru name former defender Reynoso as head coach

03 Aug 2022, 10:55 GMT+10

LIMA, Aug. 2 (Xinhua) -- Former defender Juan Reynoso has been appointed manager of Peru's national team, signing a deal that runs until the 2026 World Cup, the Peruvian Football Federation (FPF) said on Tuesday.

The 52-year-old replaces Argentine Ricardo Gareca, who stepped down last month after more than seven years in the role.

"Juan Reynoso is the brand new coach of our national team with the goal of qualifying for the 2026 World Cup," the FPF said on Twitter.

Reynoso has coached a slew of clubs in Peru and Mexico over a managerial career spanning almost two decades. His most recent job was with Mexico's Cruz Azul, whom he led to their first league title in 24 years in 2021.

As a player, Reynoso was a rugged central defender who was capped 84 times for Peru's national team.

His first match in charge of the Blanquirroja will be a friendly against Mexico in the United States on September 24.

Reynoso will be officially presented to the media on Wednesday, the FPF said.

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