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Lucho Gonzaléz takes over at Athletico and will be part of Alberto Valentim's coaching staff: 'Back home'

Lucho Gonzaléz takes over at Athletico and will be part of Alberto Valentim’s coaching staff: ‘Back home’

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‘El Comandante’ bid farewell to the promoter last season and will now be a Hurricane Assistant.

Gustavo Oliveira / Atletico - Lucho Gonzalez, Atletico's new assistant
Gustavo Oliveira / Atletico – Lucho Gonzalez, Atletico’s new assistant

Atlético announced on Sunday afternoon (16) the “return” of Lucho Gonzalez to the Arena da Baixada. The former Hurricane player has been announced as the new technical assistant to the main team and will work with Bruno Lazzaroni on Alberto Valentim’s coaching staff. The Argentine has been preparing for a position at Paraná for some time.

The Commandante, the nickname he received during his passage through the Hurricane, did not hide his happiness to return to the club that marked his career and won five titles as a player. “Going back to the Athletico Paranaense is a huge feeling of happiness for me. I’m back home, so to speak,” Lucho González told the official Atlético website.

He then added: “A place where I have always been treated very well and I love to be in. Where I feel connected to the crowd, where I feel connected to the club and the club’s projects. Now, I’m back to continue learning. To help and collaborate with the club now in my new career”, he concluded.

Lucho has been preparing for more than two years for this role. The former athlete received a B license from the Brazilian Confederation, paid for by Hurricane Club, and also completed the PRO license course from the Argentine AFA. There was an agreement within Atletico since last year that he would be part of the coaching staff. At first the plan was for him to take a position in the youth ranks, but plans have changed and now he will work directly with the main team.

Currently the second Argentine to have the most titles in history (30), behind Messi (37), Lucho González started his career in Hurricane on September 16, 2016 and played 164 games in total, with 11 goals and six assists. In addition, the former player participated in five Atlético titles: Sudamericana 2018, J League / Conmebol 2019, Copa do Brasil 2019, Campeonato Paranaense 2020 and Sudamericana 2021 (the first two titles as captain). Before joining the club from Paraná, he defended Huracán, River Plate, Marseille and Porto.

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