FC Juárez has made one of the biggest moves of the Liga MX offseason and perhaps in the entire history of fútbol in the borderland region with the signing of Ricardo ‘Tuca’ Feretti as the club’s head coach.
Ferretti joins los Bravos from Tigres UANL, where in 11 years he led the team to five Liga MX titles, three Campeón de Campeones titles, one Copa MX title, and the 2020 CONCACAF Champions League title. During his 11 years in charge of Tigres, Tuca turned los Felinos from a team struggling to maintain their place in the first division into a perennial championship contender. On top of his storied career with Tigres UANL, Ferretti has also won Liga MX titles with Chivas and Pumas UNAM.
The Brazilian is one of only two coaches in Mexican fútbol history to manage at least 1,000 league matches, and has also served two stints as interim manager of the Mexican national team. This includes leading El Tri to the CONCACAF Cup title against the United States in 2015.
During the same press conference in which Tuca Ferretti was announced as FC Juárez’s next head coach, los Bravos announced Miguel Ángel Garza as the club’s next president. Garza last served as the president of Tigres UANL, and was widely seen as the architect behind the club’s meteoric rise from bottom feeder to championship contender.
The appointments of Tuca Ferretti and Miguel Ángel Garza show a serious sign of intent from the FC Juárez ownership group to turn around the fortunes of a club that finished in 16th place during the last season. In the words of Alejandra de la Vega, “Today begins a new era for FC Juárez. From this day forward, all of Mexico will know that Juárez es el number one.”
Miguel Ángel Garza and Tuca Ferretti will be expected to replicate the success they had with Tigres UANL in the borderland. However, only time will tell if the duo will be able to truly turn around the fortunes of FC Juárez and make a title contender out of the borderland club.