Ricardo Gareca’s arrival to Ecuador has been a lesson at the level of teams in South America for the 2026 qualifiers. After the Peruvian left the team after the playoffs for Qatar 2022, ‘Tigre’ was loose and Tri. has called
We are looking for an authorized voice on behalf of the Ecuadorian Football Federation from El Comercio, but because of the complications that are part of the negotiations, he wants to keep his identity confidential. In the northern country they are looking for a replacement for Gustavo Alfaro, who took him to Qatar.
While many have already taken the pass for granted, one FEF chief assured us that they are still in talks with Ricardo Gareca. “It’s not a quick process. Everything is still under analysis and review,” he told us.
Negotiations are on and there is a high probability of Ricardo Gareca taking over. “Commenting at this time would not help the process,” a source consulted tells us. Many CVs must reach the Ecuadorian Football Federation, however, president Francisco Egas and his sports commission analyze the ideal profile.
A budget issue
The most important issue to define is always economics. As we learned, Gustavo Alfaro’s technical command is looking for a contract for four million dollars after qualifying for Qatar. In the previous operation, he earned 1.6 million dollars.
Ricardo Gareca’s stint with the Peruvian team was the best-paid on the continent. ‘Puli’ earned around 3.5 million per year in our country. The Argentine coach’s claims are unknown at this time, but it is always a big issue to reach an agreement.
What achievements did Ricardo Gareca achieve with the Peruvian national team?
- Qualifying for 2018 World Cup in Russia (after 36 years)
- Finalist in Copa America 2019
- Third place in Copa America 2015
- Second consecutive repechage to Qatar in 2022