Afternoon Ticker: Hiddink leaving Russian post, Vieria given France promise and more

Afternoon Ticker: Hiddink leaving Russian post, Vieria given France promise and more

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Afternoon Ticker: Hiddink leaving Russian post, Vieria given France promise and more

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Guus Hiddink 1 (Getty Images) 

By FRANCO PANIZO

One of the world's best coaches is now fair game.

Guus Hiddink has confirmed his departure as head coach of the Russian national team when his contract expires on June 30.

A number of suitors have already expressed their interest in Hiddink, and among them are Juventus and Liverpool. Hiddink was recently reported as being interested in taking the Nigerian national team head coaching job in time for this summer's World Cup.

Having led Russia to the semifinals of the 2008 European Championship, Hiddink failed to guide the Russians to the World Cup, falling to Slovenia in a two-game playoff.

Here are some other stories from Saturday:

Domenech hands lifeline to Vieira

France national team head coach Raymond Domenech has given midfielder Patrick Vieira a big incentive if he can keep his role in Manchester City's first team.

Domenech has told Vieira he will captain France through the summer's World Cup as long as he continues to see the field for the Citizens. Vieira made his Manchester City debut on Feb. 6, and has played in both of the club's matches since then.

Rolfe hits game-winner in Aalborg friendly

Chris Rolfe's quest for a starting spot in Aalborg BK's starting eleven took a positive step forward on Saturday, as he netted the winning goal in Aalborg's 4-1 midseason friendly over AGF Aarhus. Rolfe started and went the distance in the victory. 

Rolfe's American teammate, Marcus Tracy, did not play in the friendly due to injury, while Aarhus midfielder Benny Feilhaber started and played 63 minutes.

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Where do you think Hiddink should go next? Do you see Vieira as captain of France this summer? Will you be keeping a close eye on Rolfe over the next few months?

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