Sanchez is Mexico's new national coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 10:38 IST

Former Real Madrid striker Hugo Sanchez was appointed Mexico's new national team coach on Thursday.

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Former Real Madrid striker Hugo Sanchez was appointed Mexico's new national team coach on Thursday, selected in a unanimous vote of Mexico's 18 first-division clubs. Sanchez was chosen after Argentine Americo Gallego withdrew his name from consideration late Wednesday, said Decio de Maria, secretary-general of Mexico's soccer federation. Considered by many to be the best player in Mexican history, Sanchez at times appeared to be lobbying for the position. The 48-year-old Sanchez coached Pumas UNAM from 2000-2005, winning the Mexican league title twice in a row. He took over Necaxa in September, but the club failed to make the Apertura playoffs. He will lead Mexico during next year's CONCACAF Gold Cup in the United States, as well as the Copa America in 2007 and qualifying for the 2010 World Cup in South Africa. Sanchez was critical of Mexico's previous coach, Ricardo La Volpe, arguing that the former coach shouldn't have put nationalized foreign players on Mexico's team. (AP)

Topics : Football Mexico
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