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Europa League: Humble surroundings offer perfect test for Borussia Dortmund

After three points in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Europe is back on the agenda for Borussia Dortmund. Without Marco Reus, Thomas Tuchel's side head north to face Norwegian cracks Odds BK for a place in the group stages. European football will take Borussia Dortmund to the very edges of the continent. Following a win over Austrian side Wolfsberger AC, Thomas Tuchel takes his squad to Norway to take on Odds BK, albeit in unusual conditions with an artificial surface awaiting them following yesterday's journey on small aircraft. There will be no 60,000 sell-out - as Dortmund managed in the last round setting a new UEFA Europa League record - but it does offer more humble preparations ahead of Bundesliga trips to clubs like Ingolstadt. "Every victory is a good result and we have to be a team that blank out the conditions. Whether full stadium, empty stadium or no stadium," Tuchel said at the pre-match press conference. Not included in the trip to Norway was Marco Reus who was 'voluntarily' omitted from the squad, perhaps as a concern over the artificial surface that Dortmund will play on. However, Tuchel emphatically confirmed he wasn't injured amid concerns over previous ankle problems. The Dortmund boss will be without right-back Lukasz Piszczek who suffered an injury yesterday. A long-term diagnosis of the Polish international's injury will be made this week. "It will be a good test of character for the players," said left-back Marcel Schmelzer who has excelled under the new coaching team at Signal Iduna Park. Borussia Dortmund come off the back of an impressive 4-0 win over Borussia Mönchengladbach to kickoff the 53rd Bundesliga season after victories over Wolfsberg in Europe and Chemnitz in the German Cup. All focus on Europe The Europa League has formed a crucial part of Tuchel's preparations so far as the yellow-and-blacks look to succeed in Europe's minor competition - a Champions League place, however, is on offer for the eventual winner in May. "The next hurdle is ahead with Odds BK. We are the clear favorites in this encounter," said sporting director Michael Zorc. "And our aim is to go through, no ifs or buts." "We expect a physically strong opponent who is playing a very British type of game," explained Tuchel who expects his opponent to play 4-1-4-1. The Norwegians are fifth in their domestic league after 20 games and are competing in European competition for the third time in their history. So far, Odds have come through three rounds with wins over Irish side Shamrock Rovers and Sweden's Elfsborg. "It's a huge opportunity for them to prove themselves," Tuchel added. In attack, former Kaiserslautern and Greuther Fürth player Olivier Occéan is the most recognizable name, the Canadian striker back at the club for his second spell. Meanwhile, 41-year-old Frode Johnsen is still part of Dag-Eilev Fagermo's squad after a career that has taken him from Rosenborg to Japan. There are 21 other matches in the playoff round featuring most notably Turkish giants Fenerbahce who head for Athens-based side Atromitos, while Ajax take on Jablonec at home after being knocked out Champions League competition by Rapid Vienna.

After three points in the Bundesliga on Saturday, Europe is back on the agenda for Borussia Dortmund. Without Marco Reus, Thomas Tuchel’s side head north to face Norwegian cracks Odds BK for a place in the group stages. European football will take Borussia Dortmund to the very edges of the continent. Following a win over Austrian side Wolfsberger AC, Thomas ... Read More »

South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon launches bid for FIFA presidency

South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon has launched a bid for the FIFA presidency. Chung attacked both outgoing chief Sepp Blatter and frontrunner Michel Platini, vowing to end corruption in football's governing body. Chung, who officially launched his campaign in Paris, said he needed only one term as FIFA's president to fix the scandal-tainted world football body. "Today FIFA is undergoing a profound crisis. Under these circumstances, the FIFA president must be a crisis manager and a reformer," Chung, a former FIFA vice president and one of the harshest critics of Blatter, told a press conference on Monday. "The problem at FIFA is that those mired in corruption, the only thing they are interested in is hiding the corruption," said Chung, whose family owns parts of the Hyundai conglomerate. "I can change FIFA in four years. That is my pledge to football fans in the world," he vowed. Chung directly attacked outgoing FIFA head Blatter and said it was because of Blatter that FIFA had lost its integrity. "The real reason FIFA has become such a corrupt organization is because the same person [Blatter] has been running it for 40 years," he said, adding that "absolute power corrupts absolutely." Pressure is mounting on FIFA to introduce reforms, in light of the organization's deepening corruption crisis. On May 27, several FIFA officials with arrested in connection to the scandal. At a meeting of the president's group a day after the arrests, Platini urged Blatter - his ally-turned-adversary - to resign. Blatter refused to leave and was re-elected the next day. Within days, however, he announced his resignation at an extraordinary meeting of FIFA's executive committee, now set for February in Zurich. 'Like father like son' The 63-year-old Chung also criticized UEFA's president Platini in his speech and said the former French football star should not run for FIFA's presidency. He said Platini had been too close to the FIFA organization and to Blatter himself. "Michel Platini was a great football player, and he is my friend. His problem is that he does not seem to appreciate the seriousness of the corruption crisis at FIFA," said Chung, adding that Blatter and Platini once had a "father and son" like relationship. The South Korean football official emphasized that it was time to move the FIFA presidency away from Europe and Brazil. "If Europe had provided healthy and discerning leadership, would FIFA be in this kind of mess today? This is not a criticism bit an appeal to you to think." Brazil's football legend, Zico, and former FIFA vice president from Jordan, Prince Ali bin Al Hussein, have also announced their candidacy.

South Korean billionaire Chung Mong-Joon has launched a bid for the FIFA presidency. Chung attacked both outgoing chief Sepp Blatter and frontrunner Michel Platini, vowing to end corruption in football’s governing body. Chung, who officially launched his campaign in Paris, said he needed only one term as FIFA’s president to fix the scandal-tainted world football body. “Today FIFA is undergoing ... Read More »

Bundesliga: Wolves win scrap with Frankfurt

Wolfsburg - the team pundits think is most likely to challenge Bayern Munich for the title - got their campaign off to a successful start. But the 2-1 win over Frankfurt was a decidedly scrappy affair. The story of Wolfsburg's home opener was written in the space of only six minutes. After a bright start by visitors Frankfurt, the Wolves got their claws on the lead in the 13th minute. Newly acquired Max Kruse put in a perfect cross for Ivan Perisic to head down and in. The goal came against the run of play and put the Eagles back on their heels. Four minutes later, there was confusion in the Frankfurt area, and the ball fell to Bas Dost. The giant Dutchman did what he does best - hang around in promising spaces and slot home any balls that happen the come his way. 2-0 to Wolfsburg. Frankfurt got a lifeline in after 19 minutes. Haris Seferovic threaded in an expert ball for Stefan Reinartz, and the midfielder was on the money on debut. At that point, the match had the makings of a classic. It wasn't to be. Wolfsburg were content to defend their advantage, and Frankfurt lacked the nous to break them them down. "Wolfsburg had the first two chances and took them - that's what they're like," Reinartz said after the match. "It was an even game, and Wolfsburg were the smarter team." The remaining 70 minutes were nearly devoid of highlights, and Wolfsburg earned a hard-fought 2-1 victory. In Sunday's late match, Stuttgart host Cologne.

Wolfsburg – the team pundits think is most likely to challenge Bayern Munich for the title – got their campaign off to a successful start. But the 2-1 win over Frankfurt was a decidedly scrappy affair. The story of Wolfsburg’s home opener was written in the space of only six minutes. After a bright start by visitors Frankfurt, the Wolves ... Read More »

Barcelona beats Sevilla in extra time to win UEFA Super Cup

Despite scoring four times, Sevilla didn't manage to add to their Europa League success of last season. Barcelona has won the Super Cup five times and needed 120 minutes to secure a high-scoring win in Tbilisi. Barcelona has won the UEFA Super Cup following an exhilarating 5-4 win in extra time against last season's Europa League winners Sevilla. The two Spanish clubs revived the country's dominance of European competition as Barca won its sixth Champions League crown in Berlin. The Catalans went behind within the first few minutes before storming into a 4-1 lead after the restart. But Unay Emery's men responded admirably, pulling the game back to 4-4 in 23 minutes and guaranteeing extra time. Pedro, despite handing in a transfer request as he closes in on a move to Manchester United, scored the winner on 115 minutes to secure Barca's fifth Super Cup win from nine appearances. With Lionel Messi included in the starting line-up alongside Luis Suarez attack, Barcelona shaped up as favorites. Neymar, the third piece of that attacking trident, has the mumps and missed out of Luis Enrique's selection. Free-kick genius But even before the game had settled down, the Andalucians struck first, Argentine midfielder Banega curling home the first of three free-kicks in Tbilisi. Four minutes later, another Argentine player produced a moment of individual brilliance from a set-piece. Messi stepped up and proceeded to curl the ball with his left-foot from a similar position as Banega into the corner of the net. On 16 minutes, the three-time Ballon d'Or winner completed the feat again, curling the free-kick into the reverse corner of the net. On 41 minutes, Barcelona added a third, Suarez missing a chance but the ball fell to Rafinha who finished up the rebound. The Uruguayan scored one himself on 52 minutes and appeared to put the ribbons on the Super Cup trophy with more than half an hour to play. But football springs surprises: Sevilla pulled one back through Jose Antonio Reyes six minutes later. And then on 71 minutes, Barcelona's Jeremy Mathieu lost his focus for a split-second and conceded a penalty, which Kevin Gameiro converted to bring the deficit down to one goal. Former Borussia Dortmund forward Ciro Immobile was one of two players introduced with 10 minutes to go as Sevilla flew at the Camp Nou side. Immobile was creator for the equalizer on 81 minutes, crossing for Yevhen Konoplyanka who scored. The extra 30 minutes included some moments of danger from Sevilla. But Barcelona looked more threatening when the spaces appeared towards the end - and they pounced with five to go. A free-kick from Messi didn't beat the keeper but Pedro wouldn't be denied, slamming home to secure the fifth Super Cup win for Barca.

Despite scoring four times, Sevilla didn’t manage to add to their Europa League success of last season. Barcelona has won the Super Cup five times and needed 120 minutes to secure a high-scoring win in Tbilisi. Barcelona has won the UEFA Super Cup following an exhilarating 5-4 win in extra time against last season’s Europa League winners Sevilla. The two ... Read More »

Wolves set to be Bayern’s main rivals in new Bundesliga season

Everybody in German football thinks that Wolfsburg are the team best poised to challenge Bayern's supremacy. The Wolves themselves though, seem to be trying to dampen expectations. Back in the late Seventies, an American rental-car company built an advertizing campaign around the fact that the firm wasn't as big as its chief competitors. "We're number two - we try harder" was the main claim. That slogan would be an equally apt description for Wolfsburg's approach heading into the 2015/16 season. The reigning Bundesliga runners-up and German Cup winners haven't made many changes to their squad one week before the new season kicks off, and arguably they don't need to. The Wolves' biggest acquisition of the summer was Germany striker Max Kruse, a proverbial two-bird-killing stone. His arrival provides an alternative to hot-and-cold forward Bas Dost, while robbing rivals Mönchengladbach of a player who scored 23 goals for them in 66 games. Wolfsburg are rumored to be interested in Bayern midfielder Sebastian Rode and Stuttgart's Antonio Rüdiger, but at this point that's all these two potential signings are: rumors. The Wolves' squad is solid from front to back. On paper, the talent of the Volkswagen-sponsored club is surpassed only by Bayern Munich. Wolfsburg's coaches and managers know they won't be able to close that gap any time soon, so they're hoping that continuity and team spirit will put them in a position to pounce if the three-time defending league champs get complacent or distracted by their international duties. On the question of whether the team is ready to make a run at Bayern, the preseason noises coming out of Germany's motor city have been contradictory. "It would be great if we could just catch up a little," sports director Klaus Allofs said at the start of the Wolves' training camp. "Anything more than that isn't in our hands. It's down to Bayern Munich." But Wolfsburg 's triumph over a motivated Bayern Munich side in the Supercup had Wolfsburg coach Dieter Hecking using a more aggressive choice of words. "We're team that can always fight back," Hecking said in his post-game analysis. "We've tasted blood with our second title in eight weeks." The man in the middle So can Wolfsburg really claim their second-ever Bundesliga crown? Most German football experts think that if anyone is capable of toppling Bayern, it's the Wolves. Last campaign, the men in green showed that they could take down the Bundesliga's best, beating Bayern, Mönchengladbach and Leverkusen (twice). They ended up ten points behind Bayern because they squandered opportunities against the league's cannon fodder, racking up nine draws. Away form is another obvious area for improvement. The Wolves were undefeated at home - something not even Bayern could say - but they barely had a winning record away from the Volkswagen Arena. Wolfsburg created more than enough footage for the highlight reels last season. Where they need to improve is grinding out potentially ugly wins away from home against inferior opposition. The player who is going to be key in that area is Kevin de Bruyne. The midfielder, who set a new Bundesliga assist record in 2014/15, is not only in the thick of things in terms of his position. He has become the undisputed team leader. When he first joined the Wolves from Chelsea in the winter of 2014, de Bruyne was a reedy, if prodigiously gifted youngster. While no one would mistake him for Roy Keane or Patrick Vieira, the Belgian has visibly pumped up and now has physical muscle to complement his ball skills. If he can assert himself as Wolfsburg's man in the middle and help players like André Schürrle and Nicklas Bendtner achieve their potential, the Wolves could indeed give Bayern a run for their money. The catch may be money of the non-figurative sort. Manchester City is rumored to be offering in excess of 70 million euros ($76.7 million) to sign de Bruyne, and the 24-year-old has refused to categorically rule out a move away from Wolfsburg this season. Whether that's because it's ludicrous for footballers to rule out anything concerning the transfer market these days, or because de Bruyne is indeed lured by Mancunian petro-dollars is anybody's guess. Common sense would suggest that a talent like de Bruyne won't be content in the provinces of Lower Saxony for his entire career. The Wolves are hoping he sees enough promise in the squad to stick around Wolfsburg long enough to earn some more silverware.

Everybody in German football thinks that Wolfsburg are the team best poised to challenge Bayern’s supremacy. The Wolves themselves though, seem to be trying to dampen expectations. Back in the late Seventies, an American rental-car company built an advertizing campaign around the fact that the firm wasn’t as big as its chief competitors. “We’re number two – we try harder” ... Read More »

‘Other’ Munich kick Hoffenheim out of Cup

It's the first big upset of the 2015-16 German Cup. Struggling second-division side 1860 Munich defeated top-flight Hoffenheim 2-0 in the first of the late Saturday Cup matches. And that was just the start of the drama. The omens weren't good for the other team to play in the Allianzarena coming into their German Cup round 1 game against first-division Hoffenheim. 1860 Munich stood second-to-last in the second division, having failed to score in or claim a point in both of their matches this season. But in the sweltering summer heat, Hoffenheim proved tame opposition for the Lions. The rebuilding 1899ers let a host of attacking players depart this summer, including Sejad Salihovic, Anthony Modeste and most notably Roberto Firmino, the subject of a record transfer to Liverpool. And their lack of creativity in midfield was impossible to overlook. It took until shortly before the break for Jonathan Schmid - a new arrival from Freiburg who otherwise seemed disoriented and failed to make an impact - to generate Hoffenheim's first real chance on goal. Instead it was the second-division underdogs who looked more incisive and dangerous - a tendency that continued unabated in the second half. And in minute 51, the Lions went in for the kill with a well-worked counter-attack. Midfielder Daylon Claasen rifled the ball past keeper Oliver Baumann to give 1860 the lead. Hoffenheim coach Markus Gisdol substituted in all of his attacking options, including former German national Kevin Kuranyi, who made his return to German football after leaving for Russia five years ago. But to no avail as the favored visitors failed to threaten the hard-running Lions. "It's a very young team that needs trust," 1860 coach Torsten Fröhling said after the upset. "But they're very able and willing to learn." Hulking striker Fejsal Mulic sealed the 2-0 win after a Munich three-on-one versus Baumann in the added time. 1860 book their place in round 2 of the German Cup and will hope to carry momentum into the second division. Meanwhile, Hoffenheim will be questioning the strength of their squad ahead of the Bundesliga restart next weekend. In the evening action, third-division Kiel took an early lead over Stuttgart but couldn't replicate 1860's heroics. Stuttgart eventually prevailed 2-1, thanks to goals by Daniel Didavi and Daniel Ginczek. And in the wildest match of the Cup thus far, fifth-division Reutlingen upset second-division Karlsruhe 3-1. Reutlingen converted no fewer than three penalties, while Karlsruhe picked up three red cards.

It’s the first big upset of the 2015-16 German Cup. Struggling second-division side 1860 Munich defeated top-flight Hoffenheim 2-0 in the first of the late Saturday Cup matches. And that was just the start of the drama. The omens weren’t good for the other team to play in the Allianzarena coming into their German Cup round 1 game against first-division ... Read More »

Leverkusen draw Lazio while Dortmund get Norwegian underdog

The draws for the two major international club tournaments yielded different results. Dortmund got small Norwegian side Odds in the Europa League. Leverkusen face a much tougher foe in their Champions League qualifier. Friday's draw in Nyon, Switzerland couldn't have yielded a tougher opponent for Leverkusen than Lazio. The Romans came in third in Italy's Serie A last year and feature one very familiar face, all-time leading German national-team goal-scorer Miroslav Klose. While Bastian Schweinsteiger's Manchester United drew a relatively easy foe in Club Brugge, Leverkusen are going to have to be at the top of their game if they're to book their spot in club football's premier competition. Still Leverkusen players were trying to stress the positives of a tough tie. Midfielder Hakan Calhanoglu, for instance, wrote on Twitter: "An exciting duel. It could have been simpler but we'll have to stick together and get through it." Leverkusen coach Roger Schmidt was also upbeat. "It's not a shock - I always assume the worst in such circumstances," Schmidt said. "The chances are 50-50, and we have the advantage of playing the second match at home." Leverkusen will travel to the Italian capital for the first leg of their playoff on Tuesday, August 18. Lazio will visit Germany in the return leg on Wednesday, August 26. The draw was far kinder to Dortmund who will have a home-and-away tie with little-known Norwegian side Odds Ballklub, also known as Odd. Thomas Tuchel's men head to Norway for the first match on August 20, with the return leg following one week later in Dortmund. Bookies have made Dortmund 7-1 favorites to beat Odds. All the Champions League qualifiers: Astana(Kazakhstan) v APOEL Nicosia (Cyprus) Skenderbeu (Albania) v Dinamo Zagreb (Croatia) Celtic (Scotland) v Malmo (Sweden) Basel (Switzerland) v Maccabi Tel Aviv (Israel) BATE Borisov (Belarus) v Partizan Belgrade (Serbia) Lazio (Italy) v Bayer Leverkusen (Germany) Manchester United (England) v Club Bruges (Belgium) Sporting Lisbon (Portugal) v CSKA Moscow (Russia) Rapid Vienna (Austria) v Shakhtar Donetsk (Ukraine) Valencia (Spain) v Monaco (France)

The draws for the two major international club tournaments yielded different results. Dortmund got small Norwegian side Odds in the Europa League. Leverkusen face a much tougher foe in their Champions League qualifier. Friday’s draw in Nyon, Switzerland couldn’t have yielded a tougher opponent for Leverkusen than Lazio. The Romans came in third in Italy’s Serie A last year and ... Read More »

Europa League: Tuchel warns against Dortmund complacency at home

Dortmund is out to secure its passage to the Europa League playoff round with a full-house expected for Thomas Tuchel's first competitive match on home soil. But the coach is demanding an improvement on Thursday. Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel didn't need for a reminder that his side is still a work in progress. Europa League opponents Wolfsberger AC highlighted Dortmund's defensive vulnerability in the first leg despite the Germans carving out a 1-0 advantage in Klagenfurt. Jonas Hofmann's first-half strike separates the two teams ahead of the second leg this Thursday, with Dortmund comfortable favorites to progress. In the away leg, Wolfsberg increased the intensity after the break and should have capitalized on some poor defending from the Bundesliga club. "Better defending from set-pieces remains an issue that is still important," Tuchel told reporters. "We want to build from the beginning tomorrow with pressure. We want confident that we can dominate this match. We expect us to take care of this round." "We know we're not at 100 per cent yet," added goalscorer Hofmann whose impressive pre-season form and against Wolfsberg means he is in contention for a starting spot. With an expected crowd of around 63,000 at Signal Iduna Park, Borussia Dortmund will smash previous attendance records in Europa League qualifying rounds. "It's that kind of energy that can power us on," said Tuchel. Roman to return Tuchel confirmed before the first leg in Austria that Roman Weidenfeller would start in Thursday's return leg. The Dortmund coach has still to make a firm decision on which goalkeeper will be his regular number one this season. "It's a massive issue because goalkeeping decisions tend to be fundamental to a certain degree," he added. "I want us to be as relaxed as possible because I have great appreciation of both goalkeepers. Both have done outstandingly well." With Bürki, Julian Weigl and Gonzalo Castro joining the club this summer, the successor to Jürgen Klopp has an extra flexibility in his ranks, a problem that hindered Dortmund over the last 18 months. Tuchel has adopted several basic formations, while retaining the same patterns and ideas. "That question [on his first choice eleven], I can answer in eight or 10 weeks," said Tuchel. "We need depth at the highest level. Because there are players who can maybe manage the English weeks this season, while for others we have to be careful given the injury history.

Dortmund is out to secure its passage to the Europa League playoff round with a full-house expected for Thomas Tuchel’s first competitive match on home soil. But the coach is demanding an improvement on Thursday. Borussia Dortmund head coach Thomas Tuchel didn’t need for a reminder that his side is still a work in progress. Europa League opponents Wolfsberger AC ... Read More »

Early test for Borussia Dortmund and Thomas Tuchel in Europa League

Dortmund's campaign starts earlier than normal with a third round qualifier against Austrian side Wolfsberger AC. It's expected to be an thorough examination ahead of the league season start on August 14. Thomas Tuchel opens his chapter as Borussia Dortmund head coach with a third qualifying round tie against Austrian side Wolfsberger AC. The former Mainz coach - the successor of Jürgen Klopp this summer - has taken his side to Japan, Malaysia and Switzerland for pre-season preparations. With just four weeks of training under their belts, Dortmund is back in competitive action despite the Bundesliga opener still three weeks away. "The mood is good," admitted Kevin Kampl who played in Austria for two seasons with Red Bull Salzburg. "I watched their [Wolfsberger] home game here last week. They are a compact defensive unit and they try to play on the counterattack." Tuchel has stressed the need for patience as he looks to assimilate ideas on to his current squad. "We've taken every game seriously because we want to get to know each other quickly, so we can understand each other better," said Tuchel at the pre-match news conference on Wednesday. "What we want is very complex. It's not about our own style. It's about our own understanding of football on the pitch." Start of a new era One open question is the first-choice goalkeeper for next season. Long-term number one Roman Weidenfeller has fallen out of favor since the arrival of Roman Bürki from Freiburg. Despite the four million euro signing, Tuchel insists he hasn't yet decided between either of his options. Thomas Tuchel opens his chapter as Borussia Dortmund head coach with a third qualifying round tie against Austrian side Wolfsberger AC. The former Mainz coach - the successor of Jürgen Klopp this summer - has taken his side to Japan, Malaysia and Switzerland for pre-season preparations. With just four weeks of training under their belts, Dortmund is back in competitive action despite the Bundesliga opener still three weeks away. "The mood is good," admitted Kevin Kampl who played in Austria for two seasons with Red Bull Salzburg. "I watched their [Wolfsberger] home game here last week. They are a compact defensive unit and they try to play on the counterattack." Tuchel has stressed the need for patience as he looks to assimilate ideas on to his current squad. "We've taken every game seriously because we want to get to know each other quickly, so we can understand each other better," said Tuchel at the pre-match news conference on Wednesday. "What we want is very complex. It's not about our own style. It's about our own understanding of football on the pitch." Start of a new era One open question is the first-choice goalkeeper for next season. Long-term number one Roman Weidenfeller has fallen out of favor since the arrival of Roman Bürki from Freiburg. Despite the four million euro signing, Tuchel insists he hasn't yet decided between either of his options.

Dortmund’s campaign starts earlier than normal with a third round qualifier against Austrian side Wolfsberger AC. It’s expected to be an thorough examination ahead of the league season start on August 14. Thomas Tuchel opens his chapter as Borussia Dortmund head coach with a third qualifying round tie against Austrian side Wolfsberger AC. The former Mainz coach – the successor ... Read More »

Mexico fires national team coach Miguel Herrera

The Mexican Soccer Federation has sacked national team coach Miguel Herrera after allegations he assaulted a journalist. Herrera, nicknamed "El Piojo" was famous for his energetic sideline persona. Mexican national team soccer coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday amid allegations he punched a TV journalist who had been critical of his performance. The 47-year-old Herrera, nicknamed "El Piojo" (the louse), was ousted only two days after leading Mexico to victory in the CONCACAF Gold Cup. Incoming Mexican Soccer Federation president Decio de Maria said the incident with the journalist was not in keeping with "the spirit of fair and respectful competition." "Our values, our principles, are above any result," de Maria said at a press conference Monday. "In our profession, our industry, the matches are never over, and as public figures who represent an institution we must be absolutely clear on that." A successor to lead the Mexican national team has not yet been named. "Of what Miguel and I discussed, the only thing I can say is that it was very tough for Miguel," de Maria said. The alleged assault on TV Azteca's Christian Martinoli took place Monday at the Philadelphia airport in the US State of Pennsylvania after the national team was preparing to return to Mexico following its 3-1 victory over Jamaica in the Gold Cup championship match. Martinoli had been a tough critic of Herrera, with many fans disappointed with the national team's recent performance. Herrera allegedly hit Martinoli in the neck and then threatened him. Herrera took over a struggling Mexican side in 2013 and became known for his energetic sideline demeanor. His team lost in injury time to the Netherlands at the 2014 World Cup and performed poorly at this year's Copa America, drawing strong criticism from Martinoli. Herrera has yet to comment on the decision and claims he simply shoved Martinoli.

The Mexican Soccer Federation has sacked national team coach Miguel Herrera after allegations he assaulted a journalist. Herrera, nicknamed “El Piojo” was famous for his energetic sideline persona. Mexican national team soccer coach Miguel Herrera was fired Tuesday amid allegations he punched a TV journalist who had been critical of his performance. The 47-year-old Herrera, nicknamed “El Piojo” (the louse), ... Read More »

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