Published on May 27th, 2014 | by John Lyons0
Julio César Falcioni is the new emperor at Universidad Católica
Universidad Católica have gone for experience by appointing former Boca Juniors boss Julio César Falcioni as their new manager.
The Cruzados were left frustrated after their first-choice target Eduardo Berizzo decided to take charge of Spanish side Celta Vigo after leaving O´Higgins.
It brought Católica plenty of criticism for not tying up the deal and meant they needed to do something to get the fans back on side.
Bringing in someone of Falcioni´s stature should go some way towards doing that, though all his previous managerial experience has been in Argentina.
The 57-year-old has bossed Vélez Sársfield (1999-2000), Olimpo (2002-2003), Banfield (2003-2005), Independiente (2005-2006), Colón (2006-2007), Gimnasia y Esgrima de la Plata (2007), Banfield (2009-2010), Boca Juniors (2011-2012) and All Boys (2013).
The former Vélez Sársfield and América de Cali goalkeeper won the Apertura 2009 with Banfield and the Apertura 2011 and Copa Argentina 2012 with Boca.
He´s signed a one-year contract and will replace Rodrigo Astudillo at the helm. His biggest challenge will be to turn Católica from a team that has become accustomed to coming second into one that wins things.
Meanwhile, former Iquique boss Jaime Vera has been appointed the new manager of Antofagasta.
Vera will take charge of the Pumas after the World Cup break. In the season just finished, he led Iquique to Copa Chile success.