César Alejandro Farías Acosta (born 7 March 1973 in Guiria, Venezuela) is a Venezuelan football manager. He is known for having coached Deportivo Táchira, Mineros de Guayana, Deportivo Anzoátegui and the Venezuelan U-20 team. He is the first and only manager to ever have taken Venezuela to the semi-final stage of Copa America.
|Full name||César Alejandro Farías Acosta|
|Date of birth||7 March 1973|
|Place of birth||Guiria, Venezuela|
|Height||1.69 m (5 ft 6 1⁄2 in)|
|2005–2006||Mineros de Guayana|
In 1998, he started his managerial career in Nueva Cádiz FC; that same year, his team went on to win the Venezuelan Segunda División. In 2002, he had his debut in the Venezuelan Primera División as the manager of Trujillanos FC. In 2003, he was appointed coach of Deportivo Táchira. In 2005, he was fired by the administrative board of Deportivo Tachira but was then hired, shortly after, by Mineros de Guayana.
In 2007, after having had a very good season with Mineros de Guayana, he was hired by Deportivo Anzoátegui. That same year, the team went on to finish first within the Venezuelan Primera Division.
Venezuelan national U-20 football teamEdit
In April 2008, he was appointed coach of the Venezuelan U-20 team. The team went on to qualify for the first time ever to the FIFA U-20 World Cup in 2009.
Venezuela national football teamEdit
On November 26, 2007, the Venezuelan Football Federation announced the departure of Richard Páez as coach of the Venezuela national football team. After weeks of negotiations with several coaches, the Venezuelan Football Federation officially announced that Farías would replace Páez as coach.
On February 3, 2008, Farías debuted as coach of the Venezuela national team with a 1–0 win over Haiti. Several months later, on June 6, during a friendly match in preparation for the FIFA World Cup qualification, Venezuela defeated Brazil for the first time in its history with a final score of 2–0.
On June 14, 2008, Farías debuted in the FIFA World Cup qualifiers with a 1–1 draw against Uruguay at the Estadio Centenario of Montevideo. He nearly achieved qualification to the 2010 FIFA World Cup, after finishing only two points away from a highly disputed 5th place qualification spot.
In the 2011 Copa América held in Argentina, he became the second coach to ever guide Venezuela to the knockout stages of the tournament. He saw his team advance to the knockout stages following draws with Brazil (0–0) and Paraguay (3–3) and a victory over Ecuador (1–0). He also became the first coach to take Venezuela to the semi-final stage of the Copa America after his team defeated Chile 2–1 in the quarter finals.
On July 1, 2015, he signed as the manager of Indian Super League club NorthEast United FC He took the bottom placed team to the 5th position finish in the league, despite injury to some of his key players at the start of the tournament.
He was appointed as caretaker coach of the team following Bolivia's failure to qualify for the 2018 FIFA World Cup. As a caretaker coach, he took an Asian tour, where he managed only one win over Myanmar 3–0, but also only suffered one minimal loss against Iran. After the tour, he returned to coach The Strongest.
After 2019 Copa América, in which Bolivia had a disappointing campaign with three straight defeats, Cesar was officially appointed as coach of Bolivia, with a given task to help Bolivia to qualify for 2022 FIFA World Cup. He is also in charge of the U-23 team as well.
In his first major competition for Bolivia as coach, the 2020 CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic Tournament, the Bolivian team would have an outstanding performance in the tournament, including two shock wins over powerhouse Uruguay and Peru, but missed out the place to the final round due to goal differences with the former.
- Nueva Cádiz
- Venezuela U20
- 2009 L'Alcúdia youth tournament: Best coach
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