World Cup Notes: Honduras National Team Coach Suarez Steps Down
Honduras national team coach Luis Fernando Suarez "has quit his job following his team's 3-0 loss to Switzerland at the World Cup." Wednesday's result "left Honduras winless in its three matches and eliminated from the tournament" (AP, 6/25). ... U.S. and German football fans "faced flooded streets" on their way to watch Thursday’s World Cup game in Recife, Brazil. Heavy, persistent rain in the coastal city "slowed traffic ahead of the match." FIFA spokesperson Delia Fischer said that "the field was in 'perfect' condition and the game would go on as planned" (BLOOMBERG, 6/26). ... Spanish national team Manager Vicente Del Bosque will "fulfill his contract and remain the team's coach" through '16. Del Bosque will "lead the regeneration of the national team" and will provide his first list for the next cycle in late August (AS, 6/26). ... Lorena Martínez Rodríguez of Mexico's Office of the Federal Prosecutor for the Consumer (PROFECO) said that the organization will investigate Escotours, which sold a travel package to a group of Mexican fans for the Mexico-Croatia World Cup game in Brazil. Due to "a problem with their return flight, those fans are stranded in Recife." Around 250 Mexicans are "in Brazil without lodging due to a problem with various travel agencies including Escotours." Martínez Rodríguez said that Escotours is "obligated to fly the Mexicans stranded in Brazil back to their country, as well as cover their extra expenses" (LA AFICION, 6/26).