Club America confirm the departure of Guillermo Ochoa
Guillermo Ochoa is officially headed to Europe.
Club America confirmed the goalkeeper’s departure, wishing him well in his next ‘European adventure.’
“After three and a half years, in his second phase with the club, Guillermo Ochoa will depart from the institution that saw him grow as a historic player of Club America and Mexican football,” a Club America statement read.
“Club America thanks Guillermo Ochoa for his commitment and devotion, and for defending the colors yellow and blue with so much passion and leadership throughout his 10 plus years with the senior team.
“Memo, Club America will always be your home. Thank you for forming part of these 106 years of history and grandness. We will remember you with esteem always. Before we reconnect, keep flying and raising our colors and Mexico high. See you later. “
Additionally, Guillermo Ochoa expressed his gratitude to the club that gave him his professional debut, saying: “I will always be grateful to the fans and directive for their unconditional support.”
The statement comes after sky Sports’ Gianluca Di Marzio reported it’s a “done deal” between the Mexican goalkeeper and Serie A’s U.S. Salernitana.
“The negotiation between Salernitana and Guillermo Ochoa closed in just over 36 hours. the parties had been working on it since Monday morning and the closure arrived on Tuesday afternoon,” said the reporter.
Guillermo Ochoa is no stranger to European football, seeing stints with Ajaccio, Malaga, Granada and Standard Liege between 2011 and 2019. He stood as Standard Liege’s first choice keeper throughout the 2018/2019 campaign, recording 48 appearances across the Belgian Super League and Europa League, before earning the club’s Player of the Season award.
Despite that, though, the Belgian club did not renew his two-year deal, paving the way for his return to Club America for a second spell.
Ochoa has seen recent success under head coach Fernando Ortiz, inspiring the team to first place on the Liga MX table during the 2022 Apertura while managing several record-breaking victories.
England will be considered failures if we don’t win Euro 2024
England defender Harry Maguire has revealed he will head to Euro 2024 with the mindset that anything less than winning the competition will be a failure.
The Three Lions have cemented their status as a strong tournament team over the last half-decade under the guidance of Gareth Southgate.
After reaching the FIFA World Cup semi-finals in 2018, England were only denied victory at Euro 2020 on penalties against Italy in the final.
There were high hopes that they could go all the way at the 2022 World Cup over the winter, but were narrowly beaten by reigning champions France in a hard-fought quarter-final.
England kicked off their Euro 2024 qualifying campaign with a 2-1 win at Italy, and speaking to the press post-match, Maguire revealed his ambitions for glory in Germany next summer.
“I think for me, at my age as well, 30 years old now, I’m with a mindset of, ‘If we don’t win the tournament, it’s been a failure’,” he said.
“We’ve got to qualify first – I mean it’s a tough group, [but] we’ve come here and got an amazing result.
“But that’s my mindset. I’ve been at three major tournaments now and I’ve come so close. I believe we have the players to win it. We went into Qatar wanting to win the tournament. So ultimately, when we get knocked out, as a squad we’re disappointed. The performances were good, we kept the most clean sheets at the tournament, we were one of the top goalscorers despite going out in the quarter-final.
“I’m speaking on behalf of myself but I know from speaking to the other lads as well, they were really pleased that Gareth stayed [on as manager]. We’ve built something as a group and he’s been the leader of it. He’s been the one who’s given us hope and given us belief as a country to be successful in these major tournaments and, for sure, it benefits us for us for him to be in charge.
“These big tournaments are decided on the finest margins. We played really well in the World Cup and ultimately, we got knocked out by a good French team. A French team that we believe we can take on and if we play them ten times, we would give them a good game ten times and probably win more than we lose.
“However, they’ve proven over the years that they manage to get the job done better than England do. So it’s something that we’re working on. We have so much talent and so many young players coming through.”
Maguire recognised that England were simply beaten at the 2022 World Cup by a more experienced and successful international side in France.
Despite reservations over Didier Deschamps, the 54-year-old has an incredible tournament record – to have won one final and lost two others is a far better record than most other coaches in the history of football.
England hope to be on a similar path with Southgate, but as Maguire insisted, they need to win a tournament if they’re to be remembered fondly and without tinges of regret.
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