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Nestor Lorenzo belongs to that small group of unrecognizable players in a memorable World Cup poster. If you are not Argentine, if you were not a fan of the league in that country in the eighties, it will be difficult for you to look for him in that eleven of Italy 90 along with other famous people such as Maradona, Ruggeri or Goycochea. Along with Dezotti, Simón or Serrizuela, this former defender may be one of those footballers that you will track on Google to fill your list of that Argentine eleven who played in the final of the World Cup, at the Olympic stadium in Rome. As an unlocatable former soccer player, despite his interesting career, Lorenzo came to Peru to lead the Melgar from Arequipa. The silent former defender arrived to make noise in the Copa Sudamericana. He already has four consecutive victories. It’s not little.

In days when it is difficult for us to make an account of Peruvian victories in international football, Lorenzo’s with Melgar is to pause and stand out. Four consecutive wins in the Copa Sudamericana to reach the match with Atlético Paranaense with the option of jumping to first place in this group stage (only the leader qualifies for the round of 16). Round trip victory with Mannucci, visiting victory against visiting Metropolitans in Venezuela and also victory against Aucas of the surprising Ecuadorian football, in Lima. Beyond some moments of the U against Palmeiras or how Cristal competed with Racing in Buenos Aires, the domino box is the main news of Peruvian clubs in the international context. It is a face wash after falling with so many stones on the road.

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“I try to use Melgar’s colors in the suit, and I’ll change if a referee says something”, Lorenzo responds in GOLPERÚ exposing his weakness for cabal. The former defender keeps alive the influence of the “elder cabulero”, the unforgettable Carlos Salvador Bilardo, his coach in that World Cup in Italy 90. Curiously, Bilardo took Lorenzo to the World Cup tournament despite some criticism. He trusted him, although he gave him jersey number 13. Few will remember it, but Lorenzo started Argentina’s first and last game at Italia 90. In the surprise loss to Cameroon and in the final loss to Germany. Nestor Lorenzo, literally, left blood, sweat and tears on the field. German striker Ruddi VoEller broke his mouth and referee Codesal did not want to send him off.

Néstor Lorenzo, with the number 13, laments after the Argentine defeat against Cameroon in Italy 90. (Photo: AP).

“I come to a team with tradition, but we go calmly, that’s better”, continues Lorenzo, who in this way renews his status as a man with a low profile. Stealthy, away from any controversial statement. Correct and with an immovable face of “good people”. It is surprising to review his resume and confirm that in Peru he is living his first experience as a head coach. But Nestor Lorenzo is not improvised. His Master and Diploma in technical direction he did in practice, as the right hand of Jose Pekerman, in the Colombian national team.

Precisely, with Pekerman, he had to shed his silence and discretion. The former coffee coach many times asked him to replace him at press conferences. That was how we met him five years ago, in the preview of Peru-Colombia in the Copa América Centenario. In the conference room of the Westin Hotel in New Jersey, we were all waiting for Pekerman and Lorenzo appeared. He already seemed familiar to us at that time, the difficult thing was to associate him immediately in that photo of the Argentine poster of Italia 90. Colleagues from that country supported us with the reference and we asked him questions about Peru, about the ‘Tigre’ Gareca. “We know each other a lot with Peru. And José and Ricardo have already had several confrontations”Lorenzo repeated to us, without ever losing his sanity and prudence. As today with the red and black diver.

Nestor Lorenzo claims, along with Pedro Troglio.  to the referee Edgardo Codesal for the penalty charged in favor of Germany in the 1990 final. (Photo: Agencies).

Nestor Lorenzo claims, along with Pedro Troglio. to the referee Edgardo Codesal for the penalty charged in favor of Germany in the 1990 final. (Photo: Agencies).

The relationship between Peruvian football and the Italy 90 World Cup is extensive. It seems endless. It began with the arrival of Pedro Monzón (one of those sent off in the final against Germany) as a defender for Alianza Lima in the 1990s. Later, José Basualdo arrived to direct the Sports University. The U has become a bastion for the former albiceleste finalists of that World Cup. Pedro Troglio and now Ángel David Comizzo were also at the cream bench. Néstor Lorenzo joins that list of those chosen by ‘Narigón’ Bilardo for a two-time World Cup championship, who was frustrated five minutes from the end.

It is still a matter of controversy in Argentina that penalty charged by Edgardo Codesal, for a non-existent foul from Sensini to Klinsmann. The goal was scored by Brehme, but the outrage was international. Two of the most effusive players in the claim were Pedro Troglio and Néstor Lorenzo, who left Boca Juniors a year before the arrival of Nolberto Solano. As if he were predestined to go unnoticed, in the emblematic photo of that moment, Lorenzo appears from behind and Troglio does come out in a moving close-up. “What did I tell Codesal? I reviewed his life in 10 seconds “, Troglio answered us four years ago. And what did Lorenzo say to him? It is a pending question. First that you continue to win in international tournaments and then we will ask you to break out of shyness again. First let him celebrate with his red shirt and black jacket. First raise your voice to say that “dominated” in the South American.


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