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post #1 of 5 (permalink) Old July 4th, 2013, 16:45 Thread Starter
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Benito Floro (and son) to coach Canada?

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Benito Floro and son heading to Canada
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Pico Diego. Valencia 07/04/13

Benito Floro will again pack up and cross the Atlantic to coach Team Canada. A failure to specify the duration of the contract, which is four or five years, the former coach of Real Madrid among others, will make his fifth adventure abroad after training in Japan, Mexico, Ecuador and Morocco, although it will be the first time to lead a national team.

The Spanish coach, who plans to close the deal in the next few hours in the capital of Spain with the Canadian Soccer Association, will have his son in the coaching staff.
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Benito Floro Sanz (born 12 June 1952 in Gijón, Asturias) is a Spanish football manager.

Managerial career

During his professional career, Floro managed Albacete Balompié (two spells, starting off in 1989 in Segunda División B and leading the club to a first-ever La Liga promotion in just two years), Real Madrid (winning the Spanish Cup in his first year), Sporting de Gijón, Vissel Kobe, Club de Fútbol Monterrey, Villarreal CF- he had already coached the Valencian in the third level - RCD Mallorca (leaving the Balearic Islands side after just a few months after being appointed in the 2004 summer) and Barcelona Sporting Club.

In 2005, he briefly worked for former club Real Madrid as director of football, then switched to sports commentator, with Telecinco.

Teams managed

Years Team
1978–1980 Silla
1980–1983 Torrent
1983–1984 Dénia
1984–1985 Gandía
1985–1986 Alzira
1986–1987 Ontinyent
1987–1988 Olímpic Xàtiva
1988–1989 Villarreal
1989–1992 Albacete
1992–1994 Real Madrid
1994–1996 Albacete
1996–1997 Sporting Gijón
1997–1998 Vissel Kobe
1999–2001 Monterrey
2002–2004 Villarreal
2004 Mallorca
2009 Barcelona SC
2011–2012 WAC
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Report: Former Real Madrid manager Benito Floro to coach Canadian national team
TORONTO - The Canadian Press Jul. 04 2013

A report in Spain says veteran Spanish manager Benito Floro will be Canada’s next men’s soccer coach.

Marca, a Spanish national daily sports newspaper, says the 61-year-old Floro is Canada’s choice.

Floro has a lengthy resume that includes managing Real Madrid from 1992 to 1994. Most recently he coached WAC (Wydad Athletic Club) Morocco.

Canada has been without a full-time coach since Stephen Hart stepped down last fall following the national team’s exit from World Cup qualifying. Colin Miller is currently serving as acting coach at the Gold Cup.

The Canadian Soccer Association plans a major announcement at a news conference Friday.

An association spokesman declined comment on the Marca report.
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The former Real Madrid boss has revealed that he came close to taking the Roja job prior to Luis Aragones' appointment in 2004
Khalis Rifhan EXCLUSIVE Feb 28, 2013

Former Real Madrid boss Benito Flores has revealed that he came close to becoming Spain coach in the wake of Euro 2004.

Luis Aragones eventually took the post vacated by Inaki Saez, who had recommended the 60-year-old for the post upon taking up a role with the Spanish Football Federation (RFEF).

“After the European Championship in Portugal, the coach [Saez] resigned and he became director of football, and he recommended [to the RFEF] that I became the new head coach of Spain," he told

“He recommended me due to my vision of the game and [how] my playing style fit in well with the way the youth teams were being prepared, which was the main reason for the massive success of the Spanish national team.

“But unfortunately, due to circumstances that were beyond my control at that time, it was not possible.”

Floro went on to discuss the high standard of coaching instruction in Spain, in which he plays an active role as a mentor.

“Fifty years ago in Spain, the federation created a school for coaches of the highest level with highly qualified instructors of the highest level in the three most important aspects of football - strategy, technical ability and physical preparation,” he explained.

“Because of this, the standard of coaches in Spain is very high due to the difficulty levels of the coaching courses in Spain.

“Sooner or later this had to yield its fruits, and people now understand that it is much better to play an attacking combination game instead of say, counterattacks or long ball attacks.

“My work as a coach and instructor isn't for me to judge; however, it is evident that what I have learned from my instructors, I put into practice on the field and with aspiring coaches that I myself instruct.

“A coach has two important missions: teach his players to improve on an individual basis daily and also to teach his team to play whatever way they need to, on any kind of pitch, in any kind of circumstances to obtain the desired result."
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He was officially revealed today but won't take over until after the Gold Cup
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