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Friday Kickoff: Benzema’s France eligibility, Henry coaching license and more


While Thierry Henry took the next step towards becoming a professional coach, Real Madrid’s starting striker received some good news about his eligibility for his national team.

Forward Karim Benzema is allowed to compete at Euro 2016 after an appeals court partially lifted some of the restrictions placed upon him in the ongoing blackmail case of France teammate Mathieu Valbuena. (REPORT)

On his personal Instagram account, former Arsenal and New York Red Bulls star Thierry Henry revealed he had earned the UEFA A coaching license, meaning he can now coach at the professional level below the English Premier League or with a club academy. (REPORT)

Newcastle United officially sacked manager Steve McClaren and appointed former Real Madrid head coach Rafael Benitez to the same position on a three-year deal. (REPORT)

Manchester City forward Sergio Aguero said he wants to return to Argentina to play for Independiente once his current contract with the Citizens runs out in 2018. (REPORT)

Astona Villa’s parent company, Reform Acquisitions Limited, recorded a ¬£27.3 million loss in the latest financial report. (REPORT)

In Friday’s press conference, Man City head coach Manuel Pellegrini said Yaya Toure is suffering a heel injury, so he will be unavailable against Norwich City on Saturday. (REPORT)

Mexican club Toluca was the only club to post a win in Copa Libertadores action on Thursday, while River Plate played Sao Paulo to a thrilling 1-1 tie. (REPORT)


Following a superb performance for the San Jose Earthquakes in Week 1 of MLS action, David Bingham told SBI he wants to solidify his spot with the U.S. Men’s National Team. (REPORT)

After playing 19 minutes for the USMNT in January, Tony Tchani was called up by the Cameroon national team ahead of its 2017 Africa Cup of Nations qualifier against South Africa on March 26. (REPORT)

Neymar is reportedly looking to play in both the 2016 Olympics in Rio de Janeiro and the Copa America Centenario in the U.S. (REPORT)

Talking to reporters on Thursday, New York City FC head coach Patrick Vieira said Frank Lampard’s status is questionable ahead of the club’s home game vs. Toronto FC. (REPORT)

New York Red Bulls head coach Jesse Marsch returns to Olympic Stadium to face off against his former team, the Montreal Impact, on Saturday, while he is hoping for more sharpness following the club’s opening loss to TFC. (REPORT)

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  1. Have Mexican clubs always competed in the Copa Libertadores? Seems strange, in that they have their own regional club tournament, i.e., the CCL.

    • Yes, they have, but only since the 2000’s – so about 15 years. Overall, they do ok. They have never won, but they have finished 2nd a couple times. Generally, Liga MX is considered the 3rd or 4th best league in the Americas. I actually believe the FMF would much rather have their club teams play in CONMEBOL, but have their national team play in CONCACAF to guarantee qualification for the World Cup.

      Wales has a hybrid of this (teams from different federations competing one federation) to a different extent. Welsh teams that compete in the English Football league compete for the European competition English club spots while those who play in the Welsh Premier competition compete for the Welsh spots.


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