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Afternoon Ticker: Mourinho poised to join Madrid, Holden offered extension and more

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One of the world's greatest coaches looks set to join one of the world's richest clubs.

Fresh off winning the Champions League with Inter Milan, Jose Mourinho looks poised to join Real Madrid. Club president Florentino Perez has announced a board meeting for Tuesday evening and stated that it pertains to the coaching position. With Mourinho being linked to Real Madrid in recent weeks, it is likely he will complete his move from Inter. 

Manuel Pellegrini is currently the Real Madrid manager, but he has fallen under much pressure due to club's trophy-less season.

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Bolton offer Holden extension

Bolton Wanderers have seen enough in U.S. national team midfielder Stuart Holden to offer him a contract extension that would keep him at the club until the end of the 2011-12 season. Holden, who joined the club in the winter, originally signed a six-month deal, but eventually signed an extension until the end of next season. Now manager Owen Coyle looks to extend that deal another year, stating he would love to see Holden stay with the club for a long time.

Newest FIFA Rankings released

The latest FIFA rankings have been released, and the U.S. national team will head into the World Cup in 14th place. The Americans' World Cup opponents, England, Slovenia and Algeria, currently stand in eighth, 25th and 30th respectively.

Brazil tops the rankings while 2008 European champions Spain are in second. Rounding out the top five are Portugal, Holland and Italy. 

Hosts South Africa are listed at 83, while Cameroon is the top-ranked team in Africa at 19.

Paraguay defeated by Ireland in friendly

Paraguay's preparations for the World Cup took a minor blow, as the South Americans fell at the hands of Ireland, 2-1, in a friendly on Tuesday. Kevin Doyle and Liam Lawrence each scored in the first half before Lucas Barrios pulled one back for Paraguay in the second.

Paraguay is in Group F in the World Cup, where it will play Italy, Slovakia and New Zealand.


Do you see Mourinho being the answer to Madrid's problems? Surprised Bolton offered Holden another contract extension? Think the U.S. national team is fairly ranked at 14th? How do you see Paraguay doing this summer?

Share your thoughts below.

  • Chris

    Stuart is a great guy. I met him here in Houston when he was signing autographs at a sporting good store. He was super nice to my kids, talked to them, signed autographs. Really the kind of guy who makes me proud to root for the USMNT.


  • Stephen

    Portugal is in the top 5? Didn’t they just draw with a team ranked 107th?


  • bryan

    im really interested in JM at madrid. im worried our style of play could be affected, however, madrid has hardly had any style for two or three seasons now. so i’ll take anything at this point. and i think JM is smart enough to know he’ll have to play slightly less defensive than he did in italy. plus, maicon will come as well, so that is awesome. the next question is who goes and who comes? Silva, Hazard, Javi, Navas? Guti, Raul, VdV, both Diarras, Gago out? Metzelder is already gone. Pepe will be back next season and hopefully Kaka can stay healthy. should be an interesting year. and certainly the year where madrid need to win something.


  • Andy

    That Holden story is WAY old. Coyle offered him the contract within a couple days of the Holland game.


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