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Brazil's Palmeiras struggling with Argentine coach

Published on NewsOK Modified: August 21, 2014 at 4:08 pm •  Published: August 21, 2014

SAO PAULO (AP) — Brazilian club Palmeiras made a rare move when it hired an Argentine coach earlier this year, and the results have not been good.

Since the arrival of Ricardo Gareca, Palmeiras hasn't won a single match in the Brazilian league, and its latest defeat on Wednesday left the club in last place in the 20-team standings.

Gareca was hired in May but only made his official debut after the World Cup break. Since then, Palmeiras lost six matches and drew one in the league.

Most Brazilian coaches would be on the brink of getting fired after similar results. But Palmeiras officials and even fans remain behind the Argentine, who says that with a little more time he can put the team back on track.

"I'm not going to quit," Gareca said after the team's 2-1 loss to Sport on Wednesday in Recife. "We have to keep working, there is still time to change this situation. I want to stay until the end."

Although Brazil and Argentina are longtime football rivals, that didn't keep the Brazilian club from taking a chance on the coach who thrived with Velez Sarsfield in Argentina, winning four titles.

Gareca is the first Argentine coach to be hired by a top Brazilian club since Daniel Passarela signed with Corinthians in 2005, where he stayed only four months before being fired. Few teams have tried other foreign coaches, and none with successful results. Internacional hired Uruguayan Jorge Fossatti in 2010, and Atletico Paranaense briefly experimented with Spaniard Miguel Angel Portugal earlier this season.

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