César Farías

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.

César Farías
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Personal information
Full name César Alejandro Farías Acosta
Date of birth (1973-03-07) 7 March 1973 (age 48)
Place of birth Guiria, Venezuela
Height 1.69 m (5 ft 6 12 in)
Teams managed
Years Team
1998 Nueva Cádiz
2002 Trujillanos
2003–2005 Deportivo Táchira
2005–2006 Mineros de Guayana
2007 Deportivo Anzoátegui
2007–2013 Venezuela
2008–2009 Venezuela U20
2013–2014 Tijuana
2015 NorthEast United
2016 Cerro Porteño
2016–2017 The Strongest
2018–2019 Bolivia (caretaker)
2018–2019 The Strongest
2019– Bolivia
2019–2020 Bolivia U23

In 2009, he was in charge of Venezuela's U-20 team as it qualified for the first time in its history to the FIFA U-20 World Cup.[1]

Managerial careerEdit

Early careerEdit

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.[2]

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.[3]

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)[citation needed] and Paraguay (3–3)[4] and a victory over Ecuador (1–0).[5] 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.[6]

NorthEast UnitedEdit

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.[7]


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.[8] 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.

Personal lifeEdit

Farías's younger brother Daniel Farías was also a footballer. Farías is renowned for his short-tempered attitude and has been involved in at least 20 violent incidents as coach.[citation needed]



Nueva Cádiz


Venezuela U20



  1. ^ "Venezuela squad list". FIFA.com.
  2. ^ "Soccer-Venezuela name Farias as new coach". UK Reuters.com. 19 December 2007.
  3. ^ "UPDATE 1-Soccer-Venezuela register first victory over Brazil". UK Reuters.com. 7 June 2008.
  4. ^ "Venezuela gets two late to draw Paraguay". Foxsports.com.
  5. ^ Rueda, Jorge (9 July 2011). "Venezuela beats Ecuador 1–0 in Copa America". USA Today.com.
  6. ^ "Venezuela beat Chile to Reach first semi-final". Yahoo.com.
  7. ^ "NEUFC hire former Venezuela coach". Business Standard. Retrieved 1 July 2015.
  8. ^ https://www.britishasianews.com/news/newsDisplay.aspx?newsID=103263