Saturday, July 19, 2008
Carlos Vela’s absence blamed by Mexico’s ex manager for his sacking
By 1970’s Gooner
The current manager of Mexico’s national team is now a certain Sven Goran Eriksson.
He replaced not so long ago a great Mexican legend, Hugo Sanchez, who having failed to guide the national team to the finals of the Olympic tournament (which is about to start in early August) got the sack.
He has been speaking recently about the reasons for his sacking denying that his tenure as head coach was a failure.
He blamed above all the decision taken by the Mexico FA not to call up the European based players for the qualification games.
He said that not having forwards such as Carlos Vela and Giovanni Dos Santos who could have provided the necessary fire power up front was a mistake.
“The problem was that we did not have Carlos Vela in attack who was champion scorer in World Cup Peru 2005 and also Giovanni, who was not playing regularly with Barcelona.
I think that managing to bring one of the two or both would have been fantastic”.
"The fact that Canada and the United States have brought players from Europe, that speaks for the efforts they made to bring in players from outside" he said.
Mexico was eliminated in the first round of the pre qualification of the Olympic tournament drawing 1 -1 with Canada, losing 2-1 to Guatemala and defeating Haiti 5-1.
Mexicans Abroad (not all are under 23)
Omar Bravo, Deportivo la Coruna
Andres Guardado, Deportivo la Coruna
Guille Franco, Villareal
Rafael Marquez, Barcelona
Maza Rodriguez, PSV Eindhoven
Carlos Salcido, PSV Eindhoven
Hector Moreno, Alkmaar
Aaron Galindo, Eintracht Frankfurt
Ricardo Osorio, Stuttgart
Pavel Pardo, Stuttgart
Antonio De Nigris, Ankaraspor
Carlos Vela, Arsenal
Giovanni Dos Santos, Spurs
Nery Castillo, Manchester City
Vela and Santos like Fabregas and Messi: World stars in the making
Vela injured and will be living in London, like Santos, alone
Vela having English lessons and ready to fight for his first team place at Arsenal