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Matias Lucuix was a part of the elite – the creme de la creme. His profession might have reached its zenith on the FIFA Futsal World Cup in Thailand again in 2012, however a severe harm dominated him out and finally introduced a untimely finish to his taking part in days three years later. Now he’s head coach, answerable for each Argentina’s senior and U-18 groups, with the latter trying ahead to an historic occasion in futsal phrases – the Youth Olympic Futsal Event Buenos Aires 2018, which can see the game taking part in underneath the five-ring flag for the primary time.
“It’s a dream for anybody who used to play and who’s now a coach,” stated Lucuix to FIFA.com just a few days earlier than Argentina’s opening match towards Egypt on 7 October – the day when futsal will lastly turns into an Olympic self-discipline.
“It’s a sport that deserves the possibility that it’s being given. It’s step one on the street to it additionally occurring at senior stage. The game is de facto taking off – you possibly can see that within the variety of gamers and championships, at each World Cup, each European Cup, each Copa America. We have to analyse this facet of issues and actually weigh up what is going on as a result of it’s an essential a part of the event of futsal.”
The keenness in 32-year-old Lucuix’s voice exhibits precisely how excited he’s to see his children out on the large stage.
“I’m delighted and actually trying ahead to it getting began,” he says. “I can’t look ahead to the competitors to get underneath manner. The lads really feel the identical too.”
Medal potentialities, expertise, stress and pleasure
The excessive ranges of pleasure are hardly a shock – the nation is residence to the reigning world champions, that means that Argentina’s children are going to have to deal with the stress of being within the working for a medal and cope with situations that they’ve but to expertise.
“They’re 10 younger lads in a privileged spot – they’re taking part in for his or her nation, of their nation, with their buddies out within the stands cheering them on at what’s a world first for Olympic futsal… It’s going to be powerful,” Lucuix provides.
“You possibly can see it of their faces after they prepare and after they participate in competitions. You possibly can inform which gamers shall be extra affected by the stress, which of them much less so. We’re making an attempt to speak to them, handle them, perceive them and assist them to get pleasure from themselves. We don’t need them to crumble underneath the targets that we’re aiming for by means of our work. That’s all we are able to ask for.”
Lucuix is satisfied that that work, which started with this era of gamers two years in the past, again when he was assistant coach to Diego Giustozzi (who led Argentina to the world title in Colombia in 2016) will remodel this problem right into a springboard.
“We’ve performed in plenty of tournaments, performed plenty of matches, travelled rather a lot. The fellows have performed towards children their very own age or older, in Europe, South America. We’ve tried to make sure that they get just a little little bit of expertise, in order that they don’t all of the sudden discover themselves pulling on an Argentina shirt for the primary time. There are lads who’ve already performed 15 or 20 matches for his or her nation – some full internationals don’t have that many caps to their names. We’re anticipating them to shrug off the stress and play for themselves versus towards themselves.”
In the meantime, the coach already is aware of whom he expects the hardest opponents to be.
“Brazil, Russia and Iran are very sturdy groups, who shall be coming right here with the expectation of a gold medal,” he says. And regardless that his essential hope from a world viewpoint is that “we get to see some thrilling matches”, he’s already trying ahead to 18 October when the gold medal match shall be performed.
“Let’s hope we get by means of to the ultimate that the boys are all so trying ahead to,” he says, “for our sake and for sport basically in Argentina”.