Russo to coach Boca Juniors

<img border='0' align='left' title=' ' src=' ' class='caption'> Miguel Angel Russo accepted an offer to replace Ricardo La Volpe as coach of Boca Juniors on Friday.

Updated: February 25, 2007 11:38 IST
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Buenor Aires:

Miguel Angel Russo accepted an offer to replace Ricardo La Volpe as coach of Boca Juniors on Friday, two days after Boca blew a chance to win a third straight Argentine league title. Russo's appointment was announced by Boca president Mauricio Macri, who said the contract details were still being worked out as Russo was contracted as coach of Velez Sarsfield to June. Macri added he was grateful to Velez for allowing Russo to transfer. "I wish to give Miguel a warm welcome and wish him all the luck,'' Macri said. Russo said he looked forward to leading Boca, which has won more international titles than any club in the world. Boca also has 22 Argentine first-division titles. "I am ready to give this the very best," said Russo, calling the step up to Boca "a very important event in my life." "The best I can do for Boca will be the best for me." Russo was expected to be on hand for the formal meeting with Boca's players on Jan. 8 before preseason training for next year's Clausura championship. "I am confident of my abilities," he said. "I believe I am up to coaching Boca." Estudiantes coach He was a former star wing and coach of Estudiantes, the team which prevented Boca's attempt at winning the Apertura on Wednesday. After leading the Apertura for most of the season, Boca ceded the first-division title to Estudiantes 2-1 in a playoff on Wednesday, missing the chance to join River Plate and Racing Club as the only Argentine teams to win three successive championships. As a coach, Russo led Velez to the 2005 Argentine Clausura title. "I want to experience those same sensations at Boca," he said. Russo replaces La Volpe, an Argentine who came to Boca for only 88 days after coaching Mexico. La Volpe upheld his vow to resign if Boca didn't win Wednesday's match. Asked about that result, Macri said it was time to move on. "In Boca we have been working hard for 11 years" to build a championship squad, Macri said. "One can't always win, but we are not about to keep crying over what happened." Russo has coached Velez since January 2005, and has had past coaching stints at Lanus, Estudiantes, Rosario Central, Salamanca of Spain, Colon of Santa Fe, and Morelia of Mexico. (AP)

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