The breathy voice of Juan Reynoso it sounds like it has rarely been heard. The joy of the title with Cruz Azul is mixed with the bad memories that he had to go through during these 23 years to become champion again with the ‘Machine’. The cement painting left behind the so-called Cruzazulear and won the Clausura 2021 with the Peruvian coach at the helm and with Yoshimar Yotún being the protagonist on the playing field, with a 1-1 assist against Santos Laguna that defined the championship.
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Juan Reynoso he silenced many voices and let others be heard. Because at the press conference after the title, he announced that his champion medal would be given to Enrique Meza, the now 73-year-old coach who led him to Mexican soccer and made him venture into technical management. Quite a gesture, one of the many that Juan has but few know.
“I am a hermit, I do not leave my house. If I were invisible I would be happy “He told the CMD cameras in 2009. His relationship with the press was not the best, but the relationship with his friends, with his friends, was the opposite.
“It is very paternalistic”, tells us a character from Peruvian football who worked with him both at the University and at Melgar. It is the side of Reynoso that few know and yesterday was highlighted with the medal tribute to ‘Ojitos’ Meza.
“I wanted to take advantage of the moment to thank someone who was fundamental, which is Professor Meza. All his wisdom, teachings, experience. He brought me in as a player. He gave me the opportunity as an assistant to later be able to be a technician in Puebla. He told me, I hope someone ends this ordeal “Reynoso recalled.
“The teacher does not know and this is for him. The recognition he deserves. The one tonight is going to be at home because he is bluer than anyone “said Juan Reynoso, who hopes to win more medals, but this one, the first one, already has a special dedication.
Paid part of an operation
But last night was not the only gesture that stood out. Journalist Luigi Archimbaud, son of Uncle Lalo and brother of footballer Jean Pierre, said that Juan Reynoso supported his family in a very particular case.
In 2019, Jean Pierre was in Real Garcilaso and he managed to direct the Cusco team. An ulcer forced an urgent operation on the steering wheel and the technician was aware of the evolution of his health.
“When they operated on my brother, not only was it enough for you to go visit him, to be on the lookout for him at all times. Go to the clinic. Give him a book. If not, on top of that, you paid half of the operation, something that no one would do, much less a DT with his player “.
The footballer was treated in a Cusco clinic. Reynoso used to visit him to find out about his condition very often. “I went to the closest clinic and they told me that they had to intervene in an emergency because there was something strange inside. And said and done, the ulcer was affecting the body. Thank God everything went well and now the recovery comes calmly and with patience “, the soccer player told Radio Ovación.
On one of the visits, Reynoso he found that the footballer was going to be registered, but the document could not yet be signed because half of the expenses incurred had to be paid. The technician did not hesitate and paid that debt so that everything ends in the best way.
The fact was confirmed by ‘Uncle’ Lalo. “People don’t know him, they don’t know him. I have known him since I was a child and he has ranked us. He is very generous, I know of cases in Rímac, in the U ”, the experienced journalist who worked at Alianza Lima briefly tells me.
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Special book for a rival
The gesture of giving books is not new in Reynoso. He did it with Jean Pierre Archimbaud. A story that dates back to 2009 was already known, when he was champion with University. El Comercio told in its December 16 edition of how the cream coach was aware of the injury suffered by Leandro Fleitas in the final.
As recalled, the Alianza Lima defender suffered a skull fracture after a collision with Carlos Galván. Right parietal fracture was the first diagnosis and major complications were feared.
Juan Reynoso He was aware of the evolution of the footballer’s injury and had a gesture that the player’s father recounted. “I want to thank the people who have cared about Leandro, and especially Juan Reynoso,” said Don Miguel Fleitas.
The gesture was that in addition to asking about the defender’s condition, Reynoso gave him the autographed book “Let’s talk about football”, by Víctor Hugo Morales and Roberto Perfumo. The dedication was special for the player.
This gesture broke any confrontation that may exist between the classic rivals, and more so after the creams beat the blue and white in the definition of the title.
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