Although it was an open secret, today the matter was confirmed: Deportes Iquique hired the experienced Miguel Ponce as DT to face the 2023 season of the First B. After a barely regular season (they finished in 12th place, with 35 points), the “Celestial Dragons” seek to be the protagonists of the next tournament and seek a return to First division.
Ponce has a vast trajectory and comes from being one of the “saviors” of Santiago Wanderers in the last contest. The DT arrived at the Port when the threat of descending to Second Division was a reality and finished 2022 in ninth placeaway from all risk.
In all, the former defender of the u Y Catholic University led the greens in 25 games, with nine wins and six losses, for a 49.33% return. The final onslaught, by the hand of Ponce, was essential in Wanderina’s salvation.
It was the team from the North itself that announced on its networks the arrival of “Chueco”, a trainer who has steps, among others, for Sports La Serena, San Luis de Quillota, San Felipe and Bolivian soccer.
The experience in the Selection of Miguel Ponce
The fame of “firefighter” of Miguel Ponce (he is usually hired to put out fires) he wrote a very interesting chapter in 2015when the coach arrived in an emergency to take charge of the Sub 17 team for the World Cup that was played that year in our country.
The previous campaign was made by the Argentine Alfredo Grelaka coach without any resume who arrived in Chile at the hands of the then director of the minor teams, Hugo Tocalli. With Grelak in command, the Red was a disaster and just a few months before the planetary rendezvous, Ponce arrived to rescue the ship.
Chile did not do badly in that Cup, as they qualified for the second phase in a very difficult group, which also included Croatia, United States and Nigeria. In the second round, however, La Roja fell unappealably 4-1 against Mexico.
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