Juan Reynoso was chosen to be Ricardo Gareca's successor on the Peruvian national team's bench. In this gallery, we leave you with some key moments that portray the career of the Peruvian coach.
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Juan Reynoso: brief portrait of a discreet and punctual leader
Archivo El Comercio1/10A surviving 'Foal'/GRUPO EPENSA
The soccer history of Juan Reynoso began in Matute. The 'Cabezón' was formed in the minor divisions of Alianza Lima and made its official debut in June 1986, forming part of the remembered 'Potrillos', not knowing that a year after its premiere it would be saved from the greatest tragedy in Peruvian football. : the Fokker plane crash. Fortunately, Reynoso – who was barely 17 years old, but was already an important spare part in the blue and white team – did not travel to Pucallpa with the rest of the squad, due to a thigh injury. After that unfortunate episode, he assumed the responsibility of being a leader in the intimate defense and gradually became a benchmark for the club, although everything would change a few years later. (Photo: GEC)
El Comercio Archive2 /10 From blue and white to cream/GRUPO EPENSA
With experience in proving himself in the Second Division of Spain (Sabadell) and also in the national team, Reynoso was already considered by many to be the best central defender in Peruvian football. Being the true captain of Alianza Lima was no coincidence. Then, Universitario did not sit idly by and managed to get the 'Cabezón' to “betray” the blue and white colors and move to Lolo. In the cream institution he stayed two years and won the remembered national title of 1993.
3/10 Captain of Peru/Grupo Epensa SAC Archive
Already consecrated as an undisputed leader, Juan Reynoso earned a place in the Peruvian team and not just any. He was the captain of the 'Blanquirroja', which was very close to qualifying for the 1998 World Cup in France. After being eliminated by goal difference in that qualifying process, the 'Cabezón' could only continue guiding the national team until the year 2000, when it was deleted by the Colombian 'Pacho' Maturana without any coherent explanation. He never represented the national colors again (84 games and 5 goals).
Twitter Cruz Azul4/10 A historical champion
After his glorious time at Universitario, Juan Reynoso went abroad again. Cruz Azul wanted the best Peruvian center back of those years and in 1994 he added him to his ranks. Time ended up proving the 'Cement Machine' right. The 'Cabezón' served as captain and symbol of the Mexican club, winning the Winter title in 1997 and ending a long drought of 17 years without a champion in Mexico. In addition, that season, as in the previous one, he was able to lift the Concacaf Champions League title.
EL COMERCIO5/10 The 'Colonel' of Bolgnesi/RICHARD HIRANO
Juan Reynoso hung up his kicks in 2004 playing for Necaxa and quickly began his adventure on the bench. In fact, he was a technical assistant for that Mexican club until 2006. The following year, he returned to Peru to make his big debut as coach. The 'Cabezón' took the reins from none other than Colonel Bolognesi and guided him to the Clausura 2007 title, also achieving the first qualification for the Copa Libertadores in the history of the Tacneño club. Very good start.
EL COMERCIO6/10 Classic champion
Following his success in Bolognesi, Universitario decided to hire him the following season. Juan Reynoso dressed in cream again, but this time as a coach and it went quite well. In his first year he was very close to qualifying for the round of 16 of the Copa Libertadores, while at the local level he knew how to keep the 'U' at the top throughout the championship. In fact, in the definition of the Descentralizado 2009 title, the classic was played against Alianza Lima and Reynoso emerged victorious both in the first leg at Matute and in the second leg at Monumental (1-0 x2). Being champion began to become a classic for him.
DEPOR7/10A hero without pockets in Arequipa/FERNANDO SANGAMA
His next great success, after a discreet and short stint at Juan Aurich and Sporting Cristal, was with Melgar de Arequipa. Juan Reynoso established essential foundations in the red and black team, which he managed to make national champion in 2015, precisely in the year of his Centennial. Interestingly, in the decisive match for the title that year, which ended up beating Sporting Cristal 3-2, the 'Cabezón' was furious with the arbitration and pulled out his pants pockets, a gesture that was marked for history.
DEPOR8/10 The rudeness to Oviedo/FERNANDO SANGAMA
In 2016, Juan Reynoso tried to repeat the success achieved with Melgar the previous year, but was unable to do so. He again found himself in the final with Sporting Cristal and could not win. At the award ceremony for his second place, the 'Cabezón' ignored the greeting of Edwin Oviedo, then president of the FPF, with whom he had previously had problems in his brief stint at Juan Aurich. “I did not see Mr. Oviedo, because after they gave me the medal I kept going,” Reynoso explained at the time.
GRUPO EL COMERCIO9 /10 The successor of the 'Tiger'/Jesus Saucedo
Called out several times to lead the Peruvian team, Juan Reynoso was encouraged to visit the team's concentration before the 2019 Copa América and shared a special moment with Ricardo Gareca, in which there was no lack of laughter and hugs. “He (Gareca) told me that I could be the technical director of the team (selection),” said “Cabezón” a couple of years ago. Now, it will be the successor to the 'Tiger'.
AP10/10 A Winning 'Machine'/Eduardo Verdugo
In 2013, he returned to Mexico to continue making history in that country with his new role as coach, directing Cruz Azul Hidalgo. Things did not go so well, but everything changed in 2019, when he returned to Aztec land to make an important name for himself as coach of Puebla and then took the reins of the team where he was happy as a player: Cruz Azul. No one but him could break another drought of the cement plants. Juan Reynoso, now from the bench, allowed the “Machine” to re-consecrate itself in Mexico after 24 years, being chosen the best coach of the tournament in 2021. He also won the Champion of Champions. His departure from the club has not been what he expected, but now the opportunity has come that he longed for so much in his career: to be coach of the Peruvian team.