Uruguay defeated Chile 2-1 in the World Cup qualifiers. In the unobtrusive head coach area of the stadium, an old man who even struggled to stand normally silently watched every move on the field. This is the fifth time that he has led the Uruguay national team in the World Cup, setting a remarkable world record, that is, coaching the same national team to participate in the World Cup (including qualifiers).
The 73-year-old Oscar Tabarez completed his first game in the 1920s. He has been on crutches for more than three years. Now he has basically lost the ability to walk autonomously, but he has ruled. The Uruguay team can still become the favorite team to qualify for the World Cup in South American football.
This game is the first time the coach Tabarez led the team this year. To be honest, the victory over the rival Chile is not based on luck, but the result of the team's overall unity. Tabarez finished his 203th international game in charge of Uruguay and got off to a good start when the road opened for the 5th World Cup. Because of the serious Guillain-Barre syndrome has entered its fifth year, Tabarez's limbs and muscles are continuously atrophy, and now he is almost unable to take care of himself. The doctor's prediction for him is that sooner or later he will be paralyzed in bed, so Tabarez is racing against his life, racing against Qatar!
Before the game, he silently got on the small battery car and headed to the stadium. In the past, he could still be walked with the help of others, but would you be moved by seeing him unable to walk or even stand? The rise of the Uruguay team is a struggle history of Tabarez. It is a miracle that this small South American country can continue to enter the World Cup under his leadership. He should have retired long ago to recuperate, but he is struggling on the road to the last World Cup in his life.
Such a coach, his players have no reason not to play. Tabarez is their spiritual leader, this team is his life's hard work. We don't even know whether his elderly can make it to the 2022 World Cup finals. After all, his condition has been getting worse. Maybe he will be in an electric wheelchair to direct the game by then. Once he breaks into the World Cup and coaches again, Tabarez will become the oldest coach in the World Cup finals, when he will be 75 years old!