Eriksson on the hunt.

June 19, 2008


Reports from Mexico are showing that Sven-Goran Eriksson is out scouting, analyzing, and compiling personal reports on Mexican players across the country.

Justino Compeán, president of Mexico’s football federation recently referred to Eriksson as “studious and reserved” when asked about the new coach’s plan of action. Compeán also stated that he was “surprised” by Eriksson’s quiet but energetic approach to the national team as his day to take charge of the squad comes nearer.

Additionally, Eriksson has kept to his word regarding his efforts to quickly learn Spanish to a degree that he can effectively communicate with his players. Compeán also reported that Eriksson commands everyone to approach him and speak to him in Spanish, absolutely refusing to hold full conversations in English.

The studious and reserved side of Eriksson becomes more evident when the topic at hand turns to his management and direction of the Mexican squad. Compeán told ESTO reporters that Eriksson spends hours with his small, self-chosen team of trainers and analysts, looking over game footage and player highlights, and he has traveled extensively to watch matches. Needless to say, he’s constantly analyzing players, but at this moment, very quiet as to what his analysis reveal. Footage of him at the recent Mexico matches in San Diego, Chicago, and Houston show him with an inquisitive look and deep contemplation. Let’s just hope it wasn’t dread and regret – especially after witnessing the 4-1 loss to Argentina and the 2-0 struggle against Belize.

But as Erikssons sets to take charge, there are still questions as to whether the players (providing he keeps them on the squad) will have as much faith in him as he will surely have in them.

Prior to his appointment, there was plenty of early resentment by the likes of Borgetti, Salcido, and Osorio to name a few, but the key thing to keep in mind is that all players currently on the squad, and those wishing to represent Mexico for the first time, will have to work together as a single, cohesive, united group. It looks to me as though Chucho has made great strides in bringing the group back together, but they shouldn’t depend on him for that. They need to train, improve, and win as a collective force – be it with Chucho Ramirez or Sven-Goran Eriksson.

He has the talent and know-how to manage a squad. The players have the talent and skill to compete against the likes of Argentina, Brazil, and everyone underneath them. The first feat the two sides will have to overcome is to come together as one collective force.

Will this play out as we all hope and dream?

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3 Responses to “Eriksson on the hunt.”

  1. Nico said

    I hear that Cuauhtemoc Blanco might be coming back to the senior squad.

  2. mexifut said

    It’s quite the thought Nico, but I wouldn’t expect to see it happen. While Blanco is a great player, I don’t think he has the pace needed for the Mexican squad in action today.

    From the Los Angeles Times:

    About his possible return to the Mexican national team now that Swedish Coach Sven-Goran Eriksson took over, Blanco was nonchalant.

    “I just work for my team and try to do things well, and I think that you earn the calling by having good performances on your team, and when that is taken into account, I’ll be there,” he said, adding that a possible call excites him.

    “Yes, I would like it, but it’s not my decision.”

  3. Morgan Brown said

    Best of luck to Mexico with their new manager.

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