Logan Metro Football Club’s latest recruit is a new head coach, and he’s brought 61 years of experience with him to create a team of champions.
78-year-old Uruguayan Carlos Buzzetti is more than just a self-professed football lover – he’s a FIFA and Olympic standard coach.
He’s a qualified FIFA coaching instructor, and former head coach of the Fiji and Vanuatu national teams.
Under Buzzetti’s leadership, Fiji qualified for the FIFA World Cup for the first time in 2015, and for the 2016 Rio Olympics.
He discovered the likes of Roy Krishna, a Fijian professional footballer who plays as a striker in the Indian Super League and has worked in the Australian industry for almost 50 years.
“I started coaching in Uruguay when I was 17, and then when I was 29, I came to Australia,” Buzzetti said.
“I spent seven years in Fiji and seven years in Vanuatu as the countries’ national coach and technical director and gained experience and qualifications.
“But the most important thing is the love I have for football.”
The club is currently trialling potential players, and Buzzetti said he was already scouted several solid players.
“I’m hoping to put together a good squad and then see what we can do together next season,” he said.
“When you have good players who understand football and who are good tactically and technically, with my knowledge we can do things that will increase the team’s quality.
“Nothing happening in one day or one month – we will have to work step by step – but we have quite a few months before the league starts.”
Club president Samuel Escobar said he was honoured to welcome Buzzetti to the club.
“We’re honoured that someone of Carlos Buzzetti’s experience and quality has chosen Logan Metro Football Club as his next club,” Escobar said.
“It speaks volumes of the club and direction the club wants to head, in genuinely discovering and developing local talent.
Escobar said Buzzetti would help to create a new generation of coaches.
“His experience of working with FIFA, qualifying a national team to the FIFA under 20 World Cup and Olympics, amongst everything else he has accomplished in his career, will benefit the next generation of local Logan talent.
“Carlos will also mentor and develop a new generation of coaches not only with our senior teams but also our youth teams.”