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Apr 15, 2008

Borghi the latest to try reviving Independiente

RIO DE JANEIRO, April 15 (Reuters) - Former striker Claudio Borghi is the latest coach picked to try and revive the flagging fortunes of Argentina's once-mighty Independiente.

Borghi will become their 19th coach in the last 10 years when he takes over in June amid hopes that he can bring success and style back to the seven times South American champions.

'I have good taste for football,' he told reporters on being officially presented on Monday. 'I hope that we can give something to those supporters who like good football.'

Borghi, an outstanding forward during his playing days and a member of Argentina's 1986 World Cup-winning squad, has excellent credentials.

The 43-year-old joins the Red Devils after winning four successive Chilean championships with Colo Colo and taking them to the final of the Copa Sudamericana.

During his reign, Colo Colo won plaudits for their flowing attacking game and Borghi nurtured a number of young players who were sold to foreign clubs for a handy profit.

These included Matias Fernandez (Villarreal), teenager Alexis Sanchez (River Plate) and Arturo Vidal (Bayer Leverkusen).

Humberto Suazo, previously a journeyman professional, was transformed into a top marksman under Borghi and is now leading scorer in the Mexican championship with Monterrey.

Like most Argentine clubs, Independiente have been beset by financial problems and forced to sell their top players - such as Sergio Aguero to Atletico Madrid - to survive.

Despite being considered one of Argentina's big five, the Red Devils, based in the industrial Buenos Aires neighbourhood of Avellaneda, have won only two domestic titles - in a country where two championships are played per season - since 1994.

In the last few years they have slumped into mid-table mediocrity and a succession of coaches, many of them illustrious, have tried and failed to reverse the trend.

Former international Pedro Troglio, who played for Argentina in the 1990 World Cup final in Rome, was the latest victim when he quit last month after eight months at the helm.

Last year, Jorge Burruchaga, scorer of the winning goal in the 1986 World Cup final against West Germany, quit after around 200 irate supporters gathered outside the dressing room and insulted him following a defeat to lowly Godoy Cruz.

In 2005, Cesar Luis Menotti, who steered Argentina to World Cup victory in 1978, quit after only nine games.

'It would be extraordinary if we could play like Independiente teams from previous decades,' said Borghi, who has never coached in his homeland.

'It's one of the targets, but it's difficult. It's easier to win the championship than get that far.'

Club president Julio Comparada was confident he had made the right choice.

'We were looking for a coach with attacking characteristics and who doesn't undo all the work which we have been doing all these years at youth team level,' he said.

'We looked at the job which Claudio did with Colo Colo and this seduced us.'