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Eriksson arrives in Mexico

Swedish coach Sven Göran Eriksson, whose year-long reign as Manchester City manager ended on Monday, has arrived in Mexico to tie up a deal to coach the national side, local media have reported.

Eriksson arrives in Mexico

“Sven arrives in Mexico,” the sports daily Record headlined Monday.

The newspaper added that that according to national committee member Jorge Vergara, the 60-year-old former England boss has already been hired to lead the national side.

Eriksson, who was filmed shortly after his arrival on Sunday night in a hotel in an exclusive area of Mexico City, is expected to be officially unveiled on Tuesday after meeting with officials, reports added.

Eriksson’s year in charge of Man City saw a remarkable turnaround in the fortunes of a club that had spent the previous campaign on the edge of the relegation battle.

City finally finished the season in ninth place, but despite the bonus of a place in next season’s UEFA Cup via the Fair Play league, the club’s owner Thai tycoon Thaksin Shinawatra was not satisfied.

Eriksson would replace former Mexican football star Hugo Sanchez, who lost his job in March after Mexico failed to qualify for the Olympic Games.

Mexican Jesus Ramirez has been in charge since and is expected to lead the side for the last time in a friendly against Argentina Wednesday in San Diego.

Mexico will then play a friendly in Chicago on June 8th against Peru before beginning qualifiers for the 2010 World Cup against Belize in June.

Eriksson coached England from 2001 to 2006. He also coached Italian sides AS Roma, Sampdoria, Florentina and Lazio and Portuguese giants Benfica.

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Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match

Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic tested positive for Covid-19 on Friday, a day ahead of the country's Nations League match with Sweden, the Croatian football federation (HNS) said.

Croatian player tests positive ahead of Sweden match
Croatian midfielder Marcelo Brozovic (left) tested positive for coronavirus on Friday. Photo: Miguel Medina / AFP
“Brozovic's Inter Milan and Swedish epidemiologists were informed about the positive test,” an HNS statement said.
   
The player's positive result came two days after defender Domagoj Vida was informed of a positive Covid-19 test after playing the first half of a friendly with Turkey in Istanbul.
   
Apart from Brozovic, 27, one staff member also tested positive.
   
They were both isolated from other members of the national team.
   
After Sweden, Croatia play another Nations League game against Portugal on Tuesday.
   
Croatia, runners-up at the 2018 World Cup, are third in their Nations League group which also includes France, the team that beat them to the World Cup, Cristiano Ronaldo's Portugal and Sweden.
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