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Luck of the coaches

Even though in many cases the dimensions are very distinct, the life of a soccer coach has many similarities: His arrival, his tenure, and, in 90 percent of the time, his firing.

That is the kind of week that Mexican national team coach Sven Goran Eriksson and Club América coach Ramón Ángel Díaz had, even though the outcome was different for both. The two men came to México at the same time (mid 2008) as foreigners who did not know the country soccerwise.

Eriksson began 2009 on a cold night in Columbus, Ohio last Wednesday in a 2-0 setback to the United States in a World Cup 2012 playoff game.

The Mexican team failed to show an alarming lack of offensive attack in another drought of goals. Additionally, one could not figure out the team's tactics or strategy.

Yet, there were no calls for Eriksson's removal, and the Mexican Soccer Federation continued to show its support.

Fans would like a coaching change, but realize such a move would not allow a new coach sufficient time to get the team ready for World Cup qualifiers.

Meanwhile, Díaz was "decapitated" by Club América management. The loss to Pachuca at Azteca Stadium was enough to get him fired after the Águilas managed only four points in four matches.

Díaz did not coach América into the playoffs last season's Apertura Tournament, and his promises of improvement fell flat.

Díaz was replaced by Jesús 'Chucho' Ramírez, the coach of México's Sub-20 national team.

Eriksson had better luck than Díaz, even though no one is willing to say how much longer the Swede will keep his job. It's just a matter of patience.

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