Gustavo Alfaro has been revealed as Boca Juniors new head coach, taking over from Guillermo Barros Schelotto. Alfaro will lead Boca in the CONMEBOL Libertadores as they come up against Athletico Paranaense, Jorge Wilstermann and Deportes Tolima in Group G. "I promised my father I would reach the top of Argentinian football; today I'm in a wonderful place to take on the biggest challenges."
The 56-year-old Alfaro arrives after a spell in charge of Huracán, who also qualified for the group stages of the Libertadores. Boca will be his biggest challenge as a coach after managing 10 teams throughout his career to date (seven in Argentina's top division). "If there's one thing I'm missing in my career, it's winning the Copa Libertadores."
Alfaro has only managed in Argentina. He began his career as a coach with Atlético Rafaela in 1992 and, since then, has enjoyed stints with Patronato, Quilmes, Belgrano de Córdoba, Olimpo, San Lorenzo, Arsenal, Rosario Central, Tigre, Gimnasia y Esgrima La Plata and Huracán.
His most successful period as a coach came with Arsenal. He guided them to victory in the CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2007 and also claimed a league title with them in 2012, the Supercopa Argentina in 2012 and the Copa Argentina in 2013. Alfaro also secured promotions to the first division with both Quilmes and Olimpo.