June 29, 2007 |
It didn't take long for the Mexican media to forgive Hugo Sanchez. Three days after being labeled a failure, Sanchez is now hailed as a hero after Mexico's impressive 2-0 win over Brazil on Wednesday in its first game at the Copa America tournament. One newspaper's headline read: " 'Hugo Sanchez for President!' " The fact that the media in Mexico has done a 180-degree turn is not surprising, but the speed of the turnaround was. On Monday, after Mexico's 2-1 loss in the Gold Cup final to the U.S.
June 26, 2007 |
"Hugo, you get an F." That was the headline blasting Mexican soccer Coach Hugh Sanchez in the Record, an all-sports newspaper in Mexico on Monday. The Mexican media were out in full force the day after Sanchez's Mexico squad lost to the U.S., 2-1, in the Gold Cup final. "Hugo failed at the Gold Cup," wrote La Jornada. El Universal wrote on its front page that Mexico "seems destined not to show its best under the leadership of Hugo Sanchez." "A complete failure," added ESPNDeportes.com.
June 17, 2007 |
Hugo Sanchez has two things going for him, both of which should have had Mexico's national soccer coach beaming on the sideline rather than ranting in the interview room. The first is a roster of players who are the envy of virtually every other team taking part in the 12-nation Gold Cup. The second is extraordinarily good luck. But while both have played their part in getting Mexico to the tournament quarterfinals, where it plays Costa Rica today, neither has brought peace of mind to Sanchez.
March 28, 2007 |
It was the somersaults that once defined Hugo Sanchez, the celebratory acrobatics that he indulged in every time he scored a goal. Sanchez scored several hundred of them. In his heyday during the 1980s, he was the Spanish league's top goal scorer for five seasons, firmly cementing his place as one of soccer's all-time great strikers. In 1989-90, the Real Madrid star was the top scorer in all of Europe.
November 17, 2006 |
Hugo Sanchez, the former Mexico striker who made his name as one of Real Madrid's most prolific goal scorers, on Thursday achieved a long-held ambition when he was named Mexico's national soccer team coach. Sanchez, 48, was selected for the position after lengthy consideration by the Mexican soccer federation, with which he has clashed in the past.
July 25, 2004 |
On the surface, there appeared to be no relationship between Saturday night's soccer match at the Rose Bowl and next month's Olympic Games. There was, however, that remark about donkeys, and those few words tied the two events together. Addressing the media during the Copa America, which ends today in Peru, Mexico national team Coach Ricardo Lavolpe was less than flattering toward the press. "Some reporters have bad intentions and others are really donkeys," he said.