Ex-Man United striker Diego Forlan takes charge of Uruguay's Atenas
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Ex-Man United striker Diego Forlan takes charge of Uruguay's Atenas

Former Manchester United striker Diego Forlan has been appointed the new head coach of Uruguayan second division side Atenas SAD.

Announcing the arrival of the 41-year-old, Atenas noted: "Hello Diego, we have been waiting you.”

While the club didn’t disclose the details of the contract, Forlan replied with a short message to his 5.1 million Twitter followers saying: "I'm happy to be a part of this project. There's a lot of work to do. Let's go, Atenas SAD."

It will be his second shot at management after being in charge of Penarol from December 2019 to August last year.

The striker lit the 2010 FIFA World Cup hosted in South Africa with Uruguay where they reached the semifinals where he was named as the best player of the tournament. He was also a key member of the Uruguay team that won the 2011 Copa America in Argentina.

At club level, apart from United, Folan featured for Inter Milan and Atletico Madrid and was capped 112 for his country and retired from football in 2018 after a professional career spanning more than two decades.

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