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The man behind Chesterfield Argentina

9 June 2020

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Last week we spoke to Pedro de Castro from Sãu Paulo in Brazil, and it turns out that Pedro isn’t the only Spireite based in South America!

Maximiliano Gigena from Córdoba in Argentina has recently set-up a social media account dedicated to covering the Spireites.

Although he holds an interest in sports media, he is actually looking to forge a career in sports coaching and is currently studying in Spain. The 28-year-old Argentine has always been passionate about the sport and has grown up supporting Club Atlético River Plate.

We heard last week about how Pedro came across the Spireites on a computer game and it turns out that Maximiliano’s story about how he became a Spireite is very similar!

“My history with the club is very strange,” Maximiliano said. “I have always aspired to be a football coach. Today, technology allows you to do it in seconds. When you are playing FIFA 14, one of the options is ‘Coach Mode’.

“My choice was really random. Chesterfield played my team and so, little by little, I became more familiar with the club. I joined fan pages, followed the club’s official account and with each video game update I selected Chesterfield.

“I just fell in love with the club. One day I saw the post from the club’s Community Trust about their search for personnel to fill coaching positions, and that made me excited. Since that I day, I have felt that if I try hard, I can do it.”

He may be based over 7,000 miles away from the Technique Stadium, but Maximiliano still has the ambition to work for the Spireites in a coaching capacity at some point in the future. He has been inspired to get into coaching by the likes of River Plate’s current manager Marcelo Gallardo, as well as Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola. He says that both of their teams play football from ‘another planet’ and that he’d love to implement a similar philosophy himself at a club in the future.

Maximiliano said: “My dream is to work for Chesterfield. I would love to be able to give Chesterfield the opportunity to set-up a Latin American Soccer Academy in Argentina.

“There is so much talent here that, due to the lack of motivation or contacts, is wasted.

“I am part of a group on Facebook called Chesterfield FC Fans Group. I have spoken a lot on there, watched videos and seen photos from Alan Roe. I’m also in regular communication with Pedro. He is essential in the day-to-day running of my page.”

Maximiliano set-up his own social media account about the Spireites earlier this month called ‘Chesterfield Argentina’ which you can find by searching for @ArgChesterfield on Twitter.


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