A SOUTH American football team has made headlines around the globe with the latest addition to their coaching staff: a stray dog.
Tesapara has been appointed assistant to Club Sporting 2 de Mayo manager Carlos Saguier after the hound was found living under the team’s stadium.
Soon enough Saguier had struck up a bond with Tesapara that has seen the dog become both a mascot and lucky charm to Argentine league minnows.
“I gave him a piece of empanada (pie) and from that day, every time I came to work, he greeted me and does not let go of me,” Saguier said.
“Tesapara is the guardian of the club, he lives there, when the gates close he is fierce but by day he is friendly… very accessible.”
Now an important part of life at Club Sporting 2 de Mayo, Tesapara joins the manager on the touchline during matches, in press conferences and every day in training.
“He takes me on the field, in the offices, in the corridors and he does not want anyone to leave him,” Saguier told the local media.
“He is my partner in this adventure with this club.”
Known for barking orders from the touchline, offering tips on the finer points of chasing down the ball and growling at rival fans, Tesapara has more than earned his place.
And he will be hoping the Pedro Juan Cabellero-based team can earn promotion from the Segunda Division by avoiding any paw form for the remainder of the campaign.
Loaded staff writer Jack Beresford has produced content for Lad Bible, Axonn Media and a variety of online sports and news media outlets.