After leading Costa Rica "to its greatest World Cup performance ever," head coach JORGE LUIS PINTO
"now will seek out other opportunities in the Americas."
The Colombia-born manager "failed to reach a deal with the Costa Rican Football Federation (Fedefut) and will part ways with La Sele." Pinto met with Fedefut President EDUARDO LI
on Tuesday and Wednesday "to see if they could come to an agreement to keep the 61-year-old coach in charge of the Ticos." Following the World Cup, Pinto "had noted he had received offers from South American sides Ecuador, Venzuela and Peru" (TICO TIMES, 7/24
). ... JOSEPH WALTER JACKSON
, father of the late MICHAEL JACKSON
visited Camp Nou together with Michael Jackson Foundation President SIMON SAHOURI
and other guests (FC Barcelona