Mid-Day Ticker: Osorio resigns, Guardiola likens Messi to Jordan & more

Mid-Day Ticker: Osorio resigns, Guardiola likens Messi to Jordan & more

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Mid-Day Ticker: Osorio resigns, Guardiola likens Messi to Jordan & more


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Juan Carlos Osorio is on the move again. 

According to reports from Mexico, the former Chicago Fire and New York Red Bulls coach has resigned from his post as manager of Puebla after just a few months in charge.

Osorio, who took over at Puebla in November, has seen his team struggle during the Mexican Clausura campaign. Puebla, which employs DaMarcus Beasley and former Houston Dynamo Designated Player Luis Angel Landin, has lost five straight matches and has just eight points out of 11 games.

Reports out of Colombia link Osorio to a return to Once Caldas, where he managed last year before becoming a candidate for national team jobs in Honduras and Costa Rica and ultimately winding up with Puebla.

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


Lionel Messi's legend continues to grow by the game, and Barcelona manager Pep Guardiola is one of the millions taking notice. With his front-row seat to Messi's dominance, Guardiola has compared Messi to another one of the most dominant athletes of our time: Michael Jordan.

"You have few players who dominate like this, but he does it," said Guardiola, who watched as the 24-year-old Messi broke Cesar Rodriguez' all-time goal-scoring mark for Barcelona with a hat trick on Tuesday. "You can compare him perfectly to Jordan. Leo has entered history. Those who knew Cesar have told me that he was exceptional.

"It's all been said before about Messi. He doesn't only score goals, he scores great goals; each one is better than the last. We are seeing the very best in action.

"I'm sorry for those who try to take his throne, but this kid is different, better, we are excited to have him."


Italy national team manager Cesare Prandelli hopes to have Mario Balotelli in his lineup for this summer's European championship, but it's on the mercurial striker to shape up his attitude and demeanor before he will be welcomed back to the Italian national team.

Prandelli told reporters that the Manchester City striker needs to demonstrate better judgment and an ability to stay level-headed if he is to resume playing internationally.

"In my head, Balotelli is a starter. But he still needs to show that he's got the personality and capacity to handle this pressure,'' Prandelli said. "There's a line of behavior and a certain way to handle yourself, and we shouldn't have to keep track of players' behavior."


After an eight-month work stoppage, construction has resumed on the Beira-Rio Stadium that is slated to host five matches during the 2014 World Cup.

With a new financial agreement in place, workers will get back to renovations on the venue in Porto Alegre, which is home to powerhouse club Internacional. Work is expected to be completed by the end of 2013, plenty of time before the World Cup begins.


Hope that Osorio resigning doesn't affect Beasley's playing time? Is Messi as dominant (or more dominant) than Jordan? Want to see Balotelli starting for Italy? Think the Brazil World Cup will go off without a problem?

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