The unknown side of Alan Varela, one of Boca’s young figures: “I had problems coming to train”

Elegant punch from Alan Varela, one of the figures of Boca’s midfield populated by youth (REUTERS / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni).

The players emerged in the lower divisions are the jewel of the grandmother of each team. That precious diamond that you have to know how to take care of, train so that when they make their debut in the First Division they will shine and when the time comes their clubs can do the best business. Today Boca harvests what it sowed for several years and there are juveniles who are figures. Pillars of the team Michelangelo Russo as the case of Alan Varela, which had a difficult time staying and getting there. Someone who knew him a lot is Oscar Regenhardt, former coordinator of the inferiors Xeneizes, who shared details of the 19-year-old midfielder.

“Varela had problems coming to train, because he didn’t have a coin to move. We arrange to give him a money so that he can bank the bus or the car fuel. All those kinds of costs. You cannot imagine the things we have done to save these kids, “he revealed in dialogue with the radio program Super Deportivo (Radio Villa Trinidad).

At the beginning of 1996, Regenhardt began working in Boca’s formative football, first directing different youth categories and then as coach of the Reserve team, with which he became champion in 2010. His first cycle at the club lasted 17 years and It ended in December 2012, when he was fired from his post. Then it came back in late 2018 when Nicolas Burdisso He was manager of the institution, but in December 2019, with the change of authorities after the elections, the new vice president, Juan Román Riquelme decided to dispense with his services.

Cristian Medina has already established himself as a starter in the last Superclásico, contesting the ball with Rafael Santos Borre (REUTERS / Alejandro Pagni).
Cristian Medina has already established himself as a starter in the last Superclásico, contesting the ball with Rafael Santos Borre (REUTERS / Alejandro Pagni).

For his years in the blue and gold entity, he knows like few others the stories of the boys who came to Primera and today shine. Another case is Cristian Medina. “Is a crack. It is a mix of Gago and Banega. Medina plays in the first Boca as if he were playing in the backyard and when he meets Tevez they make a mess. A boy like that cannot be tolerated and they are going to sell him to Europe. Play like you’re 30”Regenhardt described.

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To this list is added Agustin Almendra. The three dominated Boca’s midfield in recent games and were headlines this Sunday in the 2-0 victory over Lanús for the League Cup. “Almendra had problems, he wanted to go, he did not want to play. His family environment was complex. His father had drug problems, they said”, He confessed about the other midfielder born in the club.

OMG! Today Boca’s midfield is worth 35/40 million dollars and in a year and a half, each of them will be worth 20 green clubs”, He sentenced.

Agustin Almendra in the first leg against Santos for Group C of the current Copa Libertadores (REUTERS / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni).
Agustin Almendra in the first leg against Santos for Group C of the current Copa Libertadores (REUTERS / Juan Ignacio Roncoroni).

“You never have to say this I did it by myself. Whoever wants to take the laurels, as now I see that they say that these guys want to take the laurels, no. We couldn’t put these boys because they were two years younger and very young. This is like the government that seems that everything is wrong and it is not like that: we have done something good. We left and they didn’t give us a chance. That hurt us. Rest assured that Riquelme is not going to call us to congratulate us on our work ”, he assured.

Other quotes from Regenhardt:

Riquelme. “It is so. I can’t tell you anything. In any case, it is the president who has to say it, but he has neither voice nor vote. You can’t put in a ‘sandwich’. When you put it in the middle of politics, it’s ugly, because they put people who worked very well out of work ”.

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Soccer Council. “When Riquelme arrived in Boca, he was a ‘pibito’ and I was at the club. Watch out, huh! Like Cascini and Delgado, they were ‘little kids’. They came with one hand in front and the other behind “

Tevez. “It is still with the age that he has a crack. Those players don’t come anymore. He is the only player that I saw playing with shin guards at the front and at the back ”.

Luis Vázquez (Reserve scorer). “I to Cavani, honestly, I would not bring it. I would look for something younger, there is, and I would take Vázquez with that ‘9’ that he brings. In the same way, it is difficult to play ‘9’ in Boca, because they do not throw a center. Palermo had overflow, it had Guillermo. Today the centers are level with the floor ”.

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