What is the project within the FPF that would convince Gareca and Oblitas to continue?

What is the project within the FPF that would convince Gareca and Oblitas to continue?

Months before the failed playoff, a dozen permanent commissions were approved to restructure Peruvian soccer. Here in detail.

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What is the project within the FPF that would convince Gareca and Oblitas to continue?

Last Friday, Juan Carlos Oblitas, sports director of the Peruvian Football Federation, exposed the great requirement for the continuity of Ricardo Gareca: structural and deep modifications. Without the conviction of Agustín Lozano and the leadership of the FPF it will be impossible. PHOTO: Piero Vargas/File.

Immediate by nature, the Peruvian leader —like the political class— finds it difficult to design, articulate and implement processes.

Short-sighted, his horizon is the year-end championship, the next classic, the game of the weekend.

The seven years of Ricardo Garecaleading the national team are a rarity for a country that has had six presidents in the last six years. An exemplary rarity that has not been able to consolidate a revolution in Peruvian soccer, but rather to encapsulate an unrepeatable group of mortals.

Last Friday, Juan Carlos Oblitas, sports director of the Peruvian Football FederationWith his contract expired, he spoke to the press for an hour, mainly to calm the population. A messianic population that does not conceive of the national team without Gareca's command.

What is the project within the FPF that would convince Gareca and Oblitas to continue?

In addition to communicating that the 'Tiger' has asked for time to decide whether to continue in a third period or seek new adventures at 64 years of age, Oblitas put on the table an old discussion that was made up with each feat of the national team: what is Peruvian football up to?

“Since 2015, a process of change began that unfortunately in 2019 was cut short by the covid and the lack of money,” said Oblitas, blaming the pandemic for the evils that we have dragged on since the last century.

There was a specific announcement, yes: “There is a document embodied. A plan to return to the subject. Specific commissions have been created for professional soccer and soccer for minors, with representative people, with great sports management power.”

To be strict, the plan as such does not exist. There is no robust document with the routes that must be followed so that the clubs are self-sustaining, care about the youngest and do not cause pity at the international level.

What is the project within the FPF that would convince Gareca and Oblitas to continue?

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But there is a first rock: seven large commissions that were approved in the last Bases Assembly of the Peruvian Football Federationat the end of last March. The names can be controversial and, surely, they will not please everyone. But they are an outline. Many of them self-proposed for the position. The vast majority of commissions are already installed, but they are still in an embryonic stage.

The list of commissions, without specifying all the members, is as follows: 1) FPF Competitions: Länder Aleman (president) and Joel Raffo (vice); 1.1) Professional Football Subcommittee: Ricardo Bettocchi (Chairman), Roberto Silva (Vice); 1.2) Amateur Football Subcommittee: Luis Duarte (president), Gerardo Pérez (vice); 2) Minors: Raúl Bao (president), Ricardo Bettocchi (vice); 3) Development of women's soccer, futsal and beach soccer: Julio Guzmán Torres (president), Julio Uyehara (vice); 4) Legal: José Carlos Isla (president), Juan Enrique Dupuy (vice); 5) Medical and Anti-Doping Union: Juan Manuel Sulca (president), Eduardo Gotuzzo (vice); 6) Referees:Manuel Garay (president), Braulio Cornejo (vice).

There is also a long list of so-called special commissions: 7.1) Tender for TV rights: Richard Acuña (president) and Rolando Bellido (vice); 7.2) Academic development: Hernán Saavedra (president) and Reynaldo Lima (vice); 7.3) Sports infrastructure: Víctor Bellido (president) and Genaro Miñán (vice); 7.4) Marketing: Arturo Ríos (president) and Víctor Bellido (vice); 7.5) Acquisitions: Víctor Raúl Rojas (president) and Raúl Bao (vice). A few commissions do not yet have members or holders, such as Finance and National Amateur Competitions.

“The conviction of the FPF is needed. If we don't do it right now, we won't do it anymore”, said Oblitas. Without Gareca or without him, change is not an option, but rather an urgency that cannot be postponed.