Ricardo Ferretti de Oliveira
, commonly known as Tuca
, (born February 22, 1954 in Brazil
) is a football coach
, who has coached Pumas UNAM
, UANL Tigres
, and Morelia
He played with Atlas
. He is nicknamed "El Tuca", and is known for his aggressive style on the bench.
After retiring as a player, Ferretti started to work as a football coach in 1991 with Pumas UNAM. In 1996 he moved to Chivas, where he had his greatest success, including a championship in 1997, and a runner-up position in 1998. With Chivas he failed to qualify for the play-offs only once in eight seasons.
In 2000 he moved to UANL Tigres, a team that constantly failed to qualify for the play-offs, despite having a squad with many star players, including many from the Mexican national team
, such as Jorge Campos
and Luis Hernández
, and from other national teams as well. In his first year, Ferretti qualified the team for the play-offs, and a season later he made them runners-up.
He stayed in Tigres until 2003, where his constant success and the good economic standing of the team combined to make Ferretti one of the best paid coaches of the time. However, that year's Clausura
saw the first ever semi-final Clásico Regiomontano
, in which Tigres played their arch-rival Rayados
. Both teams were favorites for the championship, and the first game started well for Tigres, but the players' mistakes combined to give Rayados a 4–1 victory on the first leg, and the second leg was made insignificant.... Read More