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Nov 4, 2013

Merlo bolsters Racing return with second successive win

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Not for nothing is there a statue of Reinaldo Merlo, nicknamed Mostaza (mustard) for the color of his hair, outside Racing Club’s headquarters.

Merlo was the last man to steer Racing to the Argentine league title in 2001, ending a 35-year wait, and he is back apparently disproving the generally accepted adage that a returning coach rarely brings new success.

Nov 4, 2013

Soccer-Merlo bolsters Racing return with second successive win

BUENOS AIRES, Nov 4 (Reuters) – Not for nothing is there a statue of Reinaldo Merlo, nicknamed Mostaza (mustard) for the colour of his hair, outside Racing Club’s headquarters.

Merlo was the last man to steer Racing to the Argentine league title in 2001, ending a 35-year wait, and he is back apparently disproving the generally accepted adage that a returning coach rarely brings new success.

Oct 29, 2013

Hourcade confirmed as Pumas coach through 2015 World Cup

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina confirmed Daniel Hourcade in his role as the Pumas coach until the 2015 World Cup on Tuesday and said they were looking at adding an experienced foreign coach to his staff.

Hourcade, appointed after last week’s resignation of Santiago Phelan, has retained the core of Argentina’s Rugby Championship squad and introduced promising young talents in a 31-man party for next month’s baptism of fire in Europe.

Oct 29, 2013

Rugby-Hourcade confirmed as Pumas coach through 2015 World Cup

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 29 (Reuters) – Argentina confirmed Daniel Hourcade in his role as the Pumas coach until the 2015 World Cup on Tuesday and said they were looking at adding an experienced foreign coach to his staff.

Hourcade, appointed after last week’s resignation of Santiago Phelan, has retained the core of Argentina’s Rugby Championship squad and introduced promising young talents in a 31-man party for next month’s baptism of fire in Europe.

Oct 23, 2013

Argentina name Hourcade coach for European tour

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Argentina named Daniel Hourcade as coach on Tuesday for the Pumas’ tour of Europe and with a view to keeping him on until the 2015 rugby World Cup in England.

Hourcade, who has just steered Argentina’s second-string Jaguars to a fourth successive Americas Rugby championship title in Canada, replaces Santiago Phelan who quit on Monday after six years in charge.

Oct 23, 2013

Rugby-Argentina name Hourcade coach for European tour

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Argentina named Daniel Hourcade as coach on Tuesday for the Pumas’ tour of Europe and with a view to keeping him on until the 2015 rugby World Cup in England.

Hourcade, who has just steered Argentina’s second-string Jaguars to a fourth successive Americas Rugby championship title in Canada, replaces Santiago Phelan who quit on Monday after six years in charge.

Oct 22, 2013

Messi good for Brazil’s World Cup: organizers

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Lionel Messi is the figurehead of Brazil’s arch-rivals Argentina, one of the teams with the potential to spoil the home team’s dream of winning the World Cup next year.

Yet Brazilians love Messi and his presence will be good for the tournament, the chief executive officer of Brazil’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) told Reuters.

Oct 22, 2013

Soccer-Messi good for Brazil’s World Cup-organisers

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 22 (Reuters) – Lionel Messi is the figurehead of Brazil’s arch-rivals Argentina, one of the teams with the potential to spoil the home team’s dream of winning the World Cup next year.

Yet Brazilians love Messi and his presence will be good for the tournament, the chief executive officer of Brazil’s Local Organising Committee (LOC) told Reuters.

Oct 21, 2013

Argentina coach Phelan quits ahead of European tour

BUENOS AIRES (Reuters) – Santiago Phelan has resigned as Argentina coach ahead of the Pumas’ European tour that includes tests against England, Wales and Italy next month, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Monday.

Phelan, whose contract had been due to end in December, brought forward his decision to leave after his team finished bottom of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship for the second year in succession with six defeats.

Oct 21, 2013

Rugby-Argentina coach Phelan quits ahead of European tour

BUENOS AIRES, Oct 21 (Reuters) – Santiago Phelan has resigned as Argentina coach ahead of the Pumas’ European tour that includes tests against England, Wales and Italy next month, the Argentine Rugby Union (UAR) said on Monday.

Phelan, whose contract had been due to end in December, brought forward his decision to leave after his team finished bottom of the southern hemisphere Rugby Championship for the second year in succession with six defeats.

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