Stefano Cincotta (pictured) in training with Guatemala on May 27, 2015. (Photo: Byron de la Cruz)
GUATEMALA CITY, Guatemala -- Stefano Cincotta will look to solidify his place in the Guatemala set-up, when the Central American runner-up visits Mexico (May 30 in Tuxtla Gutierrez) and Uruguay (June 6 in Montevideo) in upcoming friendlies.
The 24-year-old was born in Guatemala, but grew up in Germany and represented that nation at multiple youth levels (he was also eligible to play for Italy, the country of his father). He’s currently on the roster of Chemnitzer, but has also played for Kickers Offenbach, SV Wacker Burghausen and Switzerland’s FC Lugano.
Last March, Cincotta made his debut for the Chapines in a 1-0 loss to Canada, an experience that helped to convince him that his international future was with Ivan Sopegno’s side.
"I'm fine,” said the defender after his arrival in Guatemala for a training camp. “Physically, I come in good shape. I have adapted quickly. We're growing. If we train well, the results will be the ones we want.
"I think we face every game well focused and, of course, we do not want to lose."
With the intention of earning a spot in the side, Cincotta – primarily a left-sided player -- is keen to demonstrate his versatility.
"For me it's the same [the right side or middle] as for the left side,” he expressed. “I want to help the national team in whatever position it is.”
Although he has played in only two matches for Guatemala, Cincotta has already developed close relationships with his teammates, finishing: "I look at them all as like family, like brothers. They are very good to me and so I give back to them in return.
"I am very proud to be here.”