Mexico have extended the contract of coach Miguel Herrera after he was extremely impressive in helping the team almost reach the quarter-finals of the World Cup 2014. Mexico barely managed to make it into the World Cup after a very poor qualifying campaign. The arrival of Herrera to the national team manager role brought about a seachange in the fortunes, as they dominated the play-offs and reached the finals. Despite being in the group containing Brazil and Croatia, Mexico managed to qualify for the last 16 round.
They came up against a very good Netherlands team, but the brilliant tactics from Herrera almost resulted in a shock victory for the American team. It was only because of controversial refereeing decisions that Netherlands reached the quarter-finals at the expense of Mexico. It seems that the Mexican football Federation have been extremely happy with the work of Herrera that they have decided to offer a four-year extension to his current contract. Herrera will now be charge of the national team until the Russian World Cup in 2018.
Mexican soccer Federation president Justino Compean revealed that the negotiations with Herrera have been going on for the last few days. He expects an agreement to be reached soon because the understanding is that the manager calls wants to extend his stay.
“We’re renewing Miguel Herrera’s contract so he stays as coach of the national team for Russia 2018. We’re going with him and hopefully he lasts. His work was extraordinary (in Brazil). We’re pleased because in the short time he had to work, he did it very well, achieving very good results in the style of play and in what the national team transmitted. He’s in favor of continuing and us too,” said Compean. Mexico suffered only one defeat at the World Cup 2014.
England manager Roy Hodgson has confirmed Chelsea midfielder Frank Lampard as the deputy to Steven Gerrard for the FIFA World Cup 2014 in Brazil next month.
The England hero has been the vice captain for the team on a consistent basis, taking on the role of skipper when the captain goes off or is not selected in the starting eleven and he will fulfill that role once again in what could be his last major tournament at international level.
And Hodgson believes Lampard holds a key to England and their chances of progression as they line up against former world champions Italy and Uruguay along with Cristiano Ronaldo’s Portugal in a difficult group in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
The England boss said that Lampard has been vice captain for a long time and he has stepped up and done a great job in the absence of Steven Gerrard as well. He added that he always considered the Chelsea man to be a key member of the 23 man squad because of his experience and the kind of play he brings to the team.
Hodgson said that he also brings other qualities in terms of his qualities and character to the team as well.
Lampard has won three Premier League titles, the UEFA Champions League and four FA Cups during his time at Chelsea and he is also the club’s record goal scorer with over 200 goals from midfield but is out of contract at the Stamford Bridge club this summer.
Although he has played a much reduced role for Chelsea this season, he was still one of the automatic choices for the big games and more often than not, he has delivered for his team and Hodgson will be hoping for much of the same in the FIFA World Cup 2014.
Bayern Munich boss Pep Guardiola, who is preparing his team to take on Manchester United, has refused to criticise the duo of Sir Alex Ferguson and David Moyes for the troubles faced by the Premier league outfit this campaign. Manchester United have lost the invincible aura that they have had some last two decades. This was primarily developed by Ferguson, who led the club to an incredible 35 trophies during his time at the club. Since the arrival of Moyes in the summer, United have been a constant decline.
They have slipped to seventh place in the table and on course to missing out on Champions League as result of it. United and Bayern Munich have faced each other on a number of occasions, but both teams have almost an identical record in the Champions League. Guardiola was mentioned as one of the potential successors to Ferguson, but the club decided to go for the inexperienced Scot after the advice from Ferguson himself. It has so far proven to be a disastrous appointment by the club, as Moyes has struggled to cope with the enormity of the job at hand.
Guardiola, meanwhile, has taken Bayern Munich from strength to strength and the recently said the league title with a record seven matches remaining.
“Sometimes many, many things happen that are difficult to understand. I don’t know how Sir Alex Ferguson can have a bad influence on this club. I think it’s completely the opposite. This club was the best club in England thanks to him. He re-organised the club and put the club on another level in this country. It’s good for the Champions League next season. But I am pretty sure Alex Ferguson was the most important person in this club’s history, at least in the last half-century,” said Guardiola.
Ace striker Wayne Rooney has finally signed his new extended contract with Manchester United, hiking his net worth up to a whooping £300k a week. The new contact has been extended for a period of four years hence making it a five and half year deal with Manchester United. Rooney confirmed in his official website that he is really happy that everything has been worked out smoothly and he can now completely concentrate on his football career.
It was back in 2004 when the striker had shifted from Everton and is just forty two goals behind the record score of two hundred and forty nine goals held by Sir Charlton. Rooney said breaking Sir Charlton’s record is absolutely something he wishes to achieve before retirement and something he will be completely proud of. Pretty much like always his aim has been to regularly keep his goal score high and finally break this much talked about record. Turning 33, post the new contact, Rooney holds a lavish record of two hundred and eight goals in a total of four hundred and thirty matches. He will take up the position of the club’s ambassador post his retirement.
David Moyes, the club’s boss commented on the official website saying that Rooney has an excellent chance to be a shining legend as a part of the glorious history of the club. Just 42 goals far from the record of Sir Bobby, Rooney will be the first ever player to score 250 magnificent goals for the red devils. These instances come only to gifted players and Moyes has complete confidence in Rooney’s chances. The striker’s previous contact was to expire in 2015, as he was all set to depart from Old Trafford post Sir Alex Ferguson, the former manager had claimed that he wanted a transfer. However Rooney completely denied any such claims.