Santiago de Chile, Nov 17 (EFE).- Eduardo Berizzo resigned this Thursday from his position as Chile’s national coach after a goalless draw at home against Paraguay, in a match on the fifth day of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup.
The Argentine appeared before journalists visibly sad and in a short statement without questions he said that he hoped his resignation would serve to “decompress the atmosphere” and assured that he is convinced that Chile still has options to qualify.
“I have expressed my desire to leave office to the president of the Federation. The results have not been as expected and it is worth recognizing it. I would like to thank everyone who has worked with me,” he said an hour after the meeting ended.
“I think the chances of qualifying exist, they are intact, I hope the weather clears up so Chile can qualify. It has been an honor to lead the Chilean team,” concluded Berizzo, who is leaving the team at a critical moment, in the middle of the FIFA date and four days before a crucial meeting with Ecuador in Quito.
Berizzo took over the helm of La Roja in May 2022, and 18 months later he leaves it with a very poor statistic: a single official victory, 1-0 against Peru, which is the bottom in the World Cup qualifiers, a draw and a defeat.
Along with the friendlies and the Kirin Cup, in total Berizzo directed fourteen games, with four victories – in friendlies with Paraguay, Cuba and the Dominican Republic -, four draws and six losses, 15 goals scored and 13 conceded.
With the resignation of Berizzo, there are now three selectors, all Argentine, who have had to leave the bench in just five days of the South American qualifiers for the 2026 World Cup, since Guillermo Barros Schelotto was fired in Paraguay and Gustavo Costas in Bolivia.