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Tuesday Kickoff: Osorio likely to be Mexico manager; FIFA president candidate faces ban; and more



Mexico may have an important clash with the U.S. Men’s National Team Saturday, but the federation is expected to hear some intriguing news Wednesday.

Juan Carlos Osorio, who has recently been linked to the vacant head coaching position with the Mexican federation, will announce his future plans Wednesday, according to ESPN Deportes. The former New York Red Bulls boss is expected to resign from his current position as head coach of Sao Paulo FC in Brazil.

“At the suggestion of someone on the management team (of Sao Paulo), someone I respect profoundly, I am doing everything possible so that the timing does not conflict, so that I can meet Sao Paulo’s needs but also not miss this great possibility in front of me,” Osorio told reporters.

Ricardo “Tuca” Ferretti is the current interim manager and will lead El Tri out Saturday against the USMNT in the CONCACAF Cup.

Here are some more news and notes:


South Korea’s Chung Mong-joon wants to be the next FIFA president, but that won’t happen if FIFA’s Ethics Committee has anything to say about it.

FIFA president hopeful Chung Mong-joon is facing a 15-year suspension from FIFA’s Ethics Committee for apparently violating six articles from FIFA’s Code of Ethics, according to Chung. He denies the charges against him, and he hopes to continue his campaign to become the next leader of FIFA.

“The fundamental reason why I am being targeted is that I aimed straight at the existing power structure of FIFA,” Chung said.

“Ethics committee is not charging me with criminal offense, and it is not charging me with ‘bribery,’ ‘corruption’ or ‘conflict of interest,’ he added. “All that the ethics committee is relying on is that I have not fully ‘cooperated’ or ‘collaborated’ with the investigation and that I had violated ‘confidentiality’ requirements.”

Chung reportedly “supported” South Korea’s 2022 World Cup bid, and in his proposal, he wanted to create a Global Football Fund, saying: “Korea intended to raise $777 million from 2011 to build new football infrastructure and renovate existing facilities.

“No money or personal favors were exchanged in relation to GFF and no such charges were made against me.”


Searching for new head coach is becoming routine for Sunderland, and the club appears to be eyeing Nigel Pearson as the next man for the job.

Sunderland is in the search for its sixth manager in four seasons after Dick Advocaat stepped down from his position Sunday. Sunderland sporting director Lee Congerton has contacted former Leicester City boss Pearson about the opening, according to the Telegraph.

Pearson was dismissed from The Foxes in August after his relationship with the club’s board fell apart. He did, however, guide the club safely out of the relegation zone during the 2014-15 season, and with Sunderland currently 19th out of 20 teams after eight games played, the Black Cats may need his experience and guidance this campaign.


Nigerian winger Alex Iwobi, 19, signed an new, long-term deal with Arsenal. (REPORT)

Italian manager Fabio Capello said current Chelsea boss Jose Mourinho burns out his players after a year or two. (REPORT)

Bayern Munich CEO Karl-Heinz Rummenigge said Manchester United’s bids to purchase Thomas Muller are “useless.” (REPORT)

FC Barcelona defender Javier Mascherano said playing without Lionel Messi should be no excuse for Argentina during its October World Cup qualifying matches. (REPORT)

Real Madrid defender Sergio Ramos will miss Spain’s upcoming Euro 2016 qualifiers. (REPORT)


  1. Until the United States completely dismantles FIFA’s heads they will be met with resistance at every corner.
    Surely it’s the US & Britain that wants to install one of their biggest allies in South Korea as the next FIFA head, but as with everything else between the two factions this is unsurprisingly being fought tooth and nail.
    I’m eager too see how many other heads will roll before the years out.


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