Mid-Day Ticker: Mourinho eyes England return, Queiroz ban overturned and more

Mid-Day Ticker: Mourinho eyes England return, Queiroz ban overturned and more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Mourinho eyes England return, Queiroz ban overturned and more

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By JOHN BOSCHINI

Jose Mourinho hasn’t even finished up his first season with Real Madrid, but the journeyman manager is already speculating as to where he’ll end up next.

According to the Telegraph, the Portuguese manager said that his next job will be as manager of an English club. Mourinho hasn’t coached an English side since he left Chelsea in 2007.

“I miss England and my next job will be in England,” Mourinho said. “There is unfinished business. And I think England wants me back, no? It was the most enjoyable time of my career.”

Mourinho has three years left on his current deal with Real Madrid, which he called “the most difficult club in the world.”

Here are a few more stories from around the soccer world:

QUEIROZ BAN LIFTED

Former NY/NJ MetroStars and Portugal national team coach Carlos Queiroz had his six-month ban for interfering with doping tests ahead of the World Cup overturned on appeal.

The Court of Arbitration said that Queiroz’s actions were unacceptable but “there was no evidence that Mr. Queiroz’s behavior was intended to disturb the doping control.”

Queiroz was fired by the Portuguese federation shortly after the World Cup.

INJURIES HIT EUROPEAN TEAMS AHEAD OF QUALIFIERS

A few key players have been withdrawn from their respective national teams ahead of this week’s European qualifiers.

The Netherlands will be without captain Mark van Bommel for Friday’s matchup with Hungary. The defender is still suffering from a nagging thigh injury.

Striker Nicklas Bendtner and defender Simon Kjaer were injured during training and will be unavailable for Denmark’s clash with Norway on Saturday.

PREMIER LEAGUE OPPOSES STANDING TERRACES

The English Premier League is set to reject a proposal to allow standing terraces at stadiums.

The proposal, brought by the Football Supporters’ Federation (FSF), seeks to reinstate standing terraces after they were banned following a slew of injuries and deaths occurred due to overcrowding. Since then, every Premier League team must have an all-seated stadium.

"Our view is that the benefits of an all-seater stadia far outweigh the return of standing areas,” Premier League spokesman Dan Johnson said. “They have led to more women and more children attending the games and no  matter how safe standing can be made, seating is always safer.”

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Which England club team would you like to see Mourinho at? Where do you think Queiroz' next move should be? Do you see the Netherlands or Denmark having a problem overcoming their respective injury woes?

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