César Farías

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This name uses Spanish naming customs: the first or paternal family name is Farías and the second or maternal family name is Acosta.
César Farías
Personal information
Full name César Alejandro Farías Acosta
Date of birth (1973-03-07) 7 March 1973 (age 44)
Place of birth Manicuare, Venezuela
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Teams managed
Years Team
1998 Nueva Cádiz
2002 Trujillanos
2003–2005 Deportivo Táchira
2005–2006 Mineros de Guayana
2007 Deportivo Anzoátegui
2007–2013 Venezuela
2008–2009 Venezuela U20
2013–2014 Tijuana
2015 NorthEast United
2016 Cerro Porteño
2016– The Strongest

César Alejandro Farías Acosta (born 7 March 1973 in Cumaná, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan football manager who currently manages club The Strongest

He previously managed the Venezuela national football team. Farías is also known for having coached Deportivo Táchira, Mineros de Guayana, Deportivo Anzoátegui and the Venezuelan U-20 team. He is the first and only manager to ever have taken Venezuela to the semi-final stage of Copa America.

In 2009, he was in charge of Venezuela's U-20 team as it qualified for the first time in its history to the FIFA U-20 World Cup.[1]

Managerial career[edit]

Early career[edit]

In 1998, he started his managerial career in Nueva Cádiz FC; that same year, his team went on to win the Venezuelan Segunda División. In 2002, he had his debut in the Venezuelan Primera División as the manager of Trujillanos FC. In 2003, he was appointed coach of Deportivo Táchira. In 2005, he was fired by the administrative board of Deportivo Tachira but was then hired, shortly after, by Mineros de Guayana.

In 2007, after having had a very good season with Mineros de Guayana, he was hired by Deportivo Anzoátegui. That same year, the team went on to finish first within the Venezuelan Primera Division.

Venezuelan national U-20 football team[edit]

In April 2008, he was appointed coach of the Venezuelan U-20 team. The team went on to qualify for the first time ever to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009.

Venezuela national football team[edit]

On November 26, 2007, the Venezuelan Football Federation announced the departure of Richard Páez as coach of the Venezuela national football team. After weeks of negotiations with several coaches, the Venezuelan Football Federation officially announced that Farías would replace Páez as coach.[2]

On February 3, 2008, Farías debuted as coach of the Venezuela national team with a 1–0 win over Haiti. Several months later, on June 6, during a friendly match in preparation for the FIFA World Cup qualification, Venezuela defeated Brazil for the first time in its history with a final score of 2–0.[3]

On June 14, 2008, Farías debuted in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a 1–1 draw against Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario of Montevideo. He nearly achieved qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after finishing only two points away from a highly disputed 5th place qualification spot.

In the 2011 Copa América held in Argentina, he became the second coach to ever guide Venezuela to the knockout stages of the tournament. He saw his team advance to the knockout stages following draws with Brazil (0–0)[4] and Paraguay (3–3)[5] and a victory over Ecuador (1–0).[6] He also became the first coach to take Venezuela to the semi-final stage of the Copa America after his team defeated Chile 2–1 in the quarter finals.[7]

NorthEast United[edit]

In July 1, 2015, he signed as the manager of Indian Super League club NorthEast United FC He took the bottom placed team to the 5th position finish in the league, despite injury to some of his key players at the start of the tournament.[8]

Honours[edit]

Club[edit]

Nueva Cádiz

International[edit]

Venezuela U20

Individual[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Venezuela squad list". FIFA.com. 
  2. ^ "Soccer-Venezuela name Farias as new coach". UK Reuters.com. 19 December 2007. 
  3. ^ "UPDATE 1-Soccer-Venezuela register first victory over Brazil". UK Reuters.com. 7 June 2008. 
  4. ^ "Brazil 0 Venezuela 0: Holders held to draw after having penalty shout turned down". London: Dailymail.co.uk. 3 July 2011. 
  5. ^ "Venezuela gets two late to draw Paraguay". Foxsports.com. 
  6. ^ Rueda, Jorge (9 July 2011). "Venezuela beats Ecuador 1–0 in Copa America". USA Today.com. 
  7. ^ "Venezuela beat Chile to Reach first semi-final". Yahoo.com. 
  8. ^ "NEUFC hire former Venezuela coach". Business Standard. Retrieved 1 July 2015.