Canada appoint Floro

Former Real Madrid boss Benito Floro has been appointed coach of Canada. The 61-year-old replaces Stephen Hart, who left the post after last October's 8-1 defeat to Honduras ended hopes of qualifying for next summer's FIFA World Cup™ finals.

Speaking at a press conference in Toronto, Floro said: "I want to thank the Canadian Soccer Association for appointing me as Canada's men's national team's coach. I hope to fulfil all the goals of the country; it will be difficult but we are going to work towards that with a lot of vision."

Canadian Soccer Association President Victor Montagliani was delighted to welcome Floro to the role. "The Canadian Soccer Association is thrilled to bring such an accomplished soccer mind to lead our next phase of development in the men's national team programme," he said after introducing the Spaniard.

Floro became Real Madrid's youngest ever coach in 1992, winning the Copa del Rey in his first season at the Bernabeu. He has more than 300 matches in Spanish professional football under his belt at a host of clubs including Villarreal, Sporting Gijon and Real Mallorca, and also has experience in Japan, Mexico, Ecuador and Morocco. Floro will officially assume his new duties on 1 August, and will be assisted by his son Antonio Floro Esteve.