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Zamalek release South American managerial shortlist
Zamalek have announced that they are conducting talks with an all-South American trio over the club’s vacant managerial position.
Following the sacking of Hossam Hassan, who spent a mere two months as manager, the Cairo outfit has been linked with several coaches recently including Portuguese pair Paulo Duarte, Jaime Pacheco and former Ghana manager Milovan Rajevac, among others.
“The club has invited Argentinian Carlos Bianchi, his compatriot Hector Cuper and Colombian Jorge Luis Pinto to come to Egypt and conduct talks in order to choose the most suitable candidate to lead the team,” read the announcement via their official Facebook page on Monday.
Jorvan Vieira, current manager of the Kuwaiti national team and former Zamalek coach, was reportedly courted by club president Mortada Mansour but ruled out returning to the Whites, citing his recent contract renewal with the Kuwaiti FA.
Argentinian icon and former Paris St-Germain forward Carlos Bianchi has four Copa Libertadores titles to his name with two different clubs, while also claiming the title of South American coach of the year five times and the IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach award twice.
Hector Cuper is best known for taking Spanish outfit Valencia to the UEFA Champions League final twice in 2000 and 2001, being beaten by Real Madrid and Bayern Munich respectively. He was also runner-up for the IFFHS World’s Best Club Coach award in 2000, only to be beaten by his compatriot Bianchi.
Meanwhile, Jorge Luis Pinto most recently led surprise package Costa Rica to the quarter-finals of the 2014 FIFA World Cup in Brazil: the most successful run in their history.