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Paulo Wanchope (foto) renunció como entrenador de Costa Rica el 12 de agosto de 2015. (Foto: Mexsport)

SAN JOSE, Costa Rica - Paulo Wanchope renunció el miércoles a su cargo como entrenador de Costa Rica en menos de 24 horas después de un altercado físico en el Estadio Maracaná en la Ciudad de Panamá, Panamá.

Al final del empate sin goles de Costa Rica con Panamá en un partido de las eliminatorias Preolímpicas de Centroamérica, el técnico de 38 años, quiso ingresar al terreno de juego desde las gradas. Cuando intentó abrir una puerta de acceso, se produjo un altercado con un individuo no identificado.

“Quiero mandar mis disculpas del caso a toda Panamá y obviamente a Costa Rica también,” dijo Wanchope, una figura destacada en Costa Rica como jugador. “Siempre me he caracterizado por defender al país y comportarme de la mejor forma. Somos seres humanos y reaccioné de una manera indebida. Esta dura situación no se la deseo a nadie.”

El cargo al frente de Costa Rica para la ex figura destacada  del Derby County y Manchester City resultó ser corto.

Wanchope, asistente del entrenador Jorge Luis Pinto en la clasificación histórica de Costa Rica a los cuartos de final de la Copa Mundial de la FIFA 2014, le fue confiado inicialmente el cargo con carácter provisional en julio 2014 una vez que la Federación Costarricense de Fútbol y el colombiano no llegaron a un acuerdo contractual.

En septiembre 2014, Wanchope condujo a Costa Rica al título de la Copa Centroamericana, que también le aseguró lugares para la recién finalizada Copa Oro CONCACAF 2015 y para la Copa América Centeneario 2016. Wanchope había sido nombrado entrenador oficial el 31 de Enero.

Con altas expectativas para la Copa Oro el mes pasado, Costa Rica registró tres empates en la primera ronda donde logró avanzar a los cuartos de final. Una derrota por 1-0 en tiempo extra contra México, sin embargo, les privó alcanzar las semifinales de la competición por tercera vez consecutiva.

No existe en agenda para anunciar su reemplazo. Costa Rica tiene programados partidos amistosos el próximo mes contra Brasil (5 de septiembre) y Uruguay (8 de septiembre).

 
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