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June 30, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Three days after lauding the future of Mexican soccer, Javier Aguirre said he wasn't sticking around to be a part of it. Aguirre appeared before a packed news conference in Mexico City on Wednesday to announce he was stepping down as coach of the Mexican national team, which bowed out of the World Cup in the second round for the fifth time in as many tries. "The first person responsible is me. I believe that I have to resign my job," Aguirre said. "It's the most honest solution, the fairest and it's something I have to do."
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June 30, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Three days after lauding the future of Mexican soccer, Javier Aguirre said he wasn't sticking around to be a part of it. Aguirre appeared before a packed news conference in Mexico City on Wednesday to announce he was stepping down as coach of the Mexican national team, which bowed out of the World Cup in the second round for the fifth time in as many tries. "The first person responsible is me. I believe that I have to resign my job," Aguirre said. "It's the most honest solution, the fairest and it's something I have to do."
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April 4, 2009 | Grahame L. Jones
The last time Javier Aguirre coached Mexico's national soccer team, it was beaten, 2-0, by the United States in the second round of the 2002 World Cup in Jeonju, South Korea. Not surprisingly, Aguirre was immediately dismissed. On Friday, almost seven years later, he was welcomed back as Mexico's coach, with instructions to put "El Tri" back on course for a berth in the 2010 World Cup in South Africa.
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June 21, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa The poet and essayist Octavio Paz, perhaps the most thoughtful observer of the Mexican psyche, once suggested that his people have long been weighed down by a feeling of inferiority. On Monday, Javier Aguirre, the country's philosophical soccer coach, said there's no room for that kind of thinking on his team. Not now. Instead, Aguirre wants only positive thoughts going into Tuesday's crucial World Cup match with Uruguay, Mexico's most important soccer game in four years.
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June 21, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg, South Africa The poet and essayist Octavio Paz, perhaps the most thoughtful observer of the Mexican psyche, once suggested that his people have long been weighed down by a feeling of inferiority. On Monday, Javier Aguirre, the country's philosophical soccer coach, said there's no room for that kind of thinking on his team. Not now. Instead, Aguirre wants only positive thoughts going into Tuesday's crucial World Cup match with Uruguay, Mexico's most important soccer game in four years.
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April 10, 2010
World Cup 2010: MEXICO FIFA ranking: 17 Overall World Cup record: 11-22-12 Coach: Javier Aguirre Best performance: Quarterfinals, 1970, 1986 Overview: Many at home consider this squad to be the best El Tri has ever fielded. To prove those backers right, however, Aguirre's team, a blend of young (Javier Hernandez, Giovani dos Santos, Andres Guardado, Guillermo "Memo" Ochoa) and old (Cuauhtemoc Blanco, Rafael Marquez), will have to make it past the quarterfinals, something Mexico has never done.
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August 12, 2009 | GRAHAME L. JONES, ON SOCCER
A few weeks ago, Javier Aguirre was in Arlington, Texas, swapping football memories with Jerry Jones, the owner of the Dallas Cowboys. That's football, not futbol . It turns out that the coach of Mexico's national soccer team is not only an NFL fan but a Cowboys fan. And not only a Cowboys fan but a Roger Staubach fan. "I have to confess, I've been a Cowboys fan since birth," Aguirre told Jones. "I have everything when it comes to Roger Staubach. Everything." Jones had stopped by his new House of Many Splendors -- the $1.15-billion Cowboys Stadium -- to watch Mexico's soccer team train for a Gold Cup quarterfinal game against Haiti.
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June 1, 2002 | MIKE PENNER, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a couple of lineup spots unsettled and an international media corps to deal with, Mexico Coach Javier Aguirre ran a final closed practice session at the team's training base in Fukui before the squad flew here Saturday to play its World Cup opener against Croatia on Monday. With midfielders Jesus Arellano and Joahan Rodriguez suspended for the Croatia game, Aguirre was mum as to who might replace them, telling reporters he wouldn't reveal his lineup until game day.
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May 4, 1989 | AL PRESTON, Special to The Times
Sergio Rubio, a defender on the Chivas soccer club of Guadalajara, played a key role--one he would like to forget--as the Chilean World Cup team scored a 2-1 victory over his team in the Santa Ana Camel Cup final Wednesday night before an estimated 7,500 fans at Santa Ana Stadium. Rubio, who was trying to steer away a long pass from Chile's Raul Ormeno with six minutes gone in the game, accidentally headed the ball over goalkeeper Estefano Rodriguez's head and into his own net. The goal proved to be the pivotal score of the game as Chile, which extended its lead to 2-0 after 11 minutes of the second half, used an aggressive, hustling defense to keep Chivas from mounting an effective offensive attack for most of the game.
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April 3, 2009 | Kevin Baxter
Fourteen months before the World Cup tournament, Mexico's national soccer team is again in disarray after firing its second coach in less than a year. Sven-Goran Eriksson was dismissed Thursday, less than 24 hours after Mexico lost at Honduras, 3-1, in a World Cup qualifying match.
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June 16, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Johannesburg — Mexico may not have won its World Cup opener last week. But it certainly won a lot of respect. "It's the most daring team in the World Cup," South African Coach Carlos Alberto Parreira said. "Nobody plays the way they play, with three strikers and two attacking fullbacks." And for better or worse, Mexico is going to play that way again Thursday when it meets France in Polokwane, four hours north of Johannesburg, in a game that will go a long way toward determining each team's future in this World Cup. Uruguay's win over South Africa on Wednesday gives the South Americans a three-point lead in Group A with only next week's game with Mexico left.
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June 12, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter and Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Rustenburg, South Africa -- A day after playing South Africa to a 1-1 tie in its World Cup opener, Mexico went back to work Saturday on the practice fields at Waterstone College just outside Johannesburg. And though the workout took place behind closed doors, based on the mood of Mexican Coach Javier Aguirre following Friday's surprising result, it probably wasn't a pleasant practice. "I'm not happy," Aguirre said. "It's obvious that we didn't want a draw. We were superior with better positioning on the field and more possession.
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June 10, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter and Grahame L. Jones
Reporting from Johannesburg — As a young man Mexican Coach Javier Aguirre came to admire Nelson Mandela. But on Friday he'll be trying to spoil the opening act of the month-long World Cup party Mandela's victory over apartheid made possible. "I was very interested to study Nelson Mandela and read books about him," Aguirre said Thursday. "He is an icon. I hope that I can shake his hand. It would be a great honor." Aguirre made the comments during a meeting with reporters at Soccer City Stadium, where Mexico will open the first World Cup on African soil against the host country Friday.
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May 29, 2010
Reporting from Herzogenaurach, Germany When the bus carrying the Mexican soccer team pulled up in front of its hotel late Friday night, the doors swung open as soon as the tires stopped rolling. But for several long minutes, no one got off. Inside the players could be heard laughing and joking, enjoying a rare light moment in what has been a tense run-up to next month's World Cup. For at least one player, however, there will be little cause for celebration Sunday.
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May 13, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Houston -- When Felix Fernandez was named to Mexico's World Cup team in 1994, he knew exactly what his role would be: cheerleader. "We all knew that Jorge Campos was a top star, the best goalkeeper," says Fernandez, who never got on the field in that tournament. "It's completely different than right now." That's because right now Mexico has three "best" goalkeepers. And Coach Javier Aguirre has hinted he might not name a starter until just days before El Tri meets South Africa in the World Cup opener next month.
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May 12, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
Reporting from Houston -- No one needs to remind Mexican Coach Javier Aguirre that his team's World Cup opener is less than a month away. But if that makes him nervous, he's doing a good job hiding it. Aguirre's team ends its six-match U.S. tour Thursday night in Houston against Angola before flying back to Mexico City to meet Chile on Sunday in its World Cup sendoff. That gives Aguirre two more chances to tie up any remaining loose ends before his team takes a huge step up in class by playing England, the Netherlands and Italy — three countries ranked among the top eight in the world in the latest FIFA rankings — in its final tuneups for this summer's tournament in South Africa.
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June 22, 1986 | Associated Press
Goalkeeper Harald Schumacher stopped a pair of penalty kicks in a shootout, and none of the West German shooters missed Saturday as they moved into the World Cup semifinals with a 4-1 victory over host Mexico. The West Germans will next meet France, which was extended to penalty kicks in beating Brazil, 4-3. It was West Germany that eliminated France from the 1982 World Cup semifinals, also on penalty kicks.
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February 25, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter
It has been an interesting week for Javier Aguirre, coach of Mexico's national soccer team. First he was called on the carpet to answer for, among other things, vulgar and disparaging remarks he made about Mexico's narco-fueled violence during an interview with a Spanish radio station. Then on Wednesday he was forced to stand in the damp chill of Candlestick Park for two hours watching, along with a pro-Mexico crowd of 34,244, as his team opened preparations for this year's World Cup with an exhibition against Bolivia.
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April 25, 2010 | By Kevin Baxter, Los Angeles Times
Javier Aguirre wasn't interested in talking about soccer. Sure the World Cup is fast approaching. And as coach of the Mexican national team he's made it clear El Tri is primed for a superlative effort this summer in South Africa. But as he slid into an easy chair recently in a plush hotel suite in Pasadena, the subject that brought the widest smile to Aguirre's face is baseball. "All kinds of baseball," he confided in Spanish. "But especially the Oakland A's." It's not hard to understand the affinity.
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