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Rene Simoes Back in Concacaf

Updated on November 19, 2009
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Glendon and his wife have led church ministries, conducted empowerment seminars, and travelled to faraway places on business and vacation.

You know I would not be surprised if Rene Simoes were to take another Concacaf team to the Football world Cup (remember he coached the Jamaican Reggae Boyz to the France 1998 historic first and only appearance for the talented and free-spirited island nation).

He resigned from his Brazilian club Portuguesa last month after reporting that armed men broke into the locker room after a loss. And on Wednesday September 16, he was appointed new coach of Costa Rica, replacing Rodrigo Kenton, who was fired after three straight losses. Costa Rica is looking to the 56 year-old Rene Simoes to salvage its 2010 World Cup qualifying campaign.

He worked a football miracle to get Jamaica to France 98; organizing the national side into a unit like a club team, and won the hearts of a grateful nation. But he had four years to get the job done.

Somehow he seemed to have peaked thereafter, at least with sides the caliber of Jamaica, and I was happy for the success he had with the Brazilian women side in 2004 Athens Olympics. Went all way to finals and eventually lost to USA.

History

Football fans would recall that the history-making Simoes failed to qualify the Jamaican team the second time around when he was recalled by the Horace Burrell administration for the 2010 campaign. Yet the enigmatic little Brazilian has a charm and air of genius about him that makes you wonder what he will cook up next.

Simoes takes over a fourth place Costa Rica in the six-team regional qualifying group from which the top three advance to South Africa 2010 and the fourth-place finisher goes into a playoff with a South American team. The Ticos have two games remaining, at home against Trinidad and Tobago on Oct. 10 and against the U.S. in Washington on Oct. 14.

Simoes is a strong disciplinarian and this should resonate well if the Costa Ricans are not as rebellious as Jamaicans. Time and two games will tell. Welcome back to Concacaf Rene.


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      glendoncaba 8 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      Uruguay qualifies with a 2-1 aggregate against Costa Rica November 19, 2009.

      Sorry Rene. As usual you were asked to come in at a difficult time.

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      glendoncaba 8 years ago from Somewhere in the hubverse

      No elaine. Jamaica eliminated from 2010 long time. But the dream lives on.

      Tried to open link you sent on Dr Johnson, did not work. I am aware of him. Dictionary guy.

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      Elaine 8 years ago

      Are Jamaica going to world cup 2010 lets see them work that magic touch like the great usain Bolt and break some more records. Jamicans should be proud of what they have achived so far . incidentally changing the subject all together did you get a cahnce to look at DR Johnson he was a great man and guess what he had a jamaica house keeper why back in 1776 right her in england check it out, the housekeeper inherited his wealth see some of his great titles.