Ecuador have finally appointed a new national team coach. One hundred and one days after the resignation of Colombian Luis Fernando Suarez, who led La Tri to qualification for the 2006 FIFA World Cup Germany™, the Ecuadorian football association (FEF) appointed 47-year-old local man Sixto Vizuete, who has little experience but enjoys massive popular support after coaching Ecuador to a gold medal at the 2007 Pan American Games in Rio de Janeiro. Vizuete, who never played football professionally and has never coached a first-division side, was in charge for Ecuador’s most recent qualifying match for the 2010 FIFA World Cup South Africa™, a 5-1 win over Peru.
CONMEBOL has appointed Argentina as host of the Copa America 2011 and following a rumour that Brazil was interested in organising the tournament that year, the Brazilian football association (CBF) has strongly denied any involvement in the matter.
The Chilean football association (FFCH) recently celebrated the first use of floodlights on pitch no. 1 of its headquarters in Quilin, Santiago. The FFCH now aims to build a 1,200-capacity stand around the pitch for the women’s football league, which is exciting great interest in the Andean nation.
A vast mural by renowned artist Carlos Paez Vilaro has been added to the Uruguayan museum of football, which is located under one of the stands of the Centenario stadium. The work, which originated from an idea by CONMEBOL vice-president Eugenio Figueredo, was inaugurated at an event attended by sporting and government officials, including the Uruguayan Minister of Tourism and Sport. The donation by the 84-year-old Paez Vilaro combines two of Uruguay’s great passions, candombe music and football.