Veteran Tabárez signs new deal as Uruguay coach

Óscar Tabárez will extend his lengthy tenure as Uruguay coach. (Reuters pic)

MONTEVIDEO: Óscar Tabárez has signed a new four-year deal as Uruguay coach that will extend his record as the world’s most experienced national coach, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said on Friday.

“It will be Tabárez’s fifth period in charge of the Uruguayan national team,” the AUF said in a statement. “Tabárez has coached the team in 185 matches, which means he holds the record of coaching the most matches with the same national team.”

After a short stint in charge between 1988 and 1990, the Uruguayan took over again in 2006 and has led the tiny South American nation ever since.

He is the only man to lead his country at four World Cups, the AUF said.

Tabarez, who is now 71, is a hugely respected figure in Uruguay. Known as “El Maestro”, he took Uruguay to the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup and won the 2011 Copa América.

They were knocked out the 2018 World Cup in July by eventual winners France at the quarterfinal stage.

His next games will be friendlies against South Korea on October 12 and Japan on October 16.

Interim coach Fabián Coito led Uruguay to a 4-1 win over Mexico earlier this month while contract negotiations with Tabárez took place.