The world record holder for most teams managed has died at the age of 93.
Rudi Gutendorf, who managed in the United States with the NASL’s St. Louis Stars (1968), last managed in 2003 when he led the Samoa national team.
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Those are two of 55 teams he led onto the pitch, 22 of which were national teams. He led teams from CONCACAF (Trinidad and Tobago), CAF (Ghana), CONMEBOL (Chile), OFC (Fiji), and AFC (Australia).
The German-born Gutendorf did a lot of his club work in Europe, leading clubs as big as Hamburg, Schalke, Real Valladolid, and Hertha Berlin.
Gutendorf managed Rwanda in the wake of the country’s dark civil war. From DW.com:
“Such hate, you cannot believe. I was able to unite these two tribes to play football, and good football,” he said in a 2013 interview of the mixed Rwandan team of Hutu and Tutsi players.
What a fascinating career Gutendorf had, and the stories he’s told.
Ghanian striker Junior Agogo has died at the age of 40.
The former Sheffield Wednesday, Nottingham Forest and Colorado Rapids striker played for over 15 teams across the globe in his career and represented Ghana 27 times and scored 12 goals.
Agogo suffered a stroke in 2015 which impacted his speech and he revealed to the BBC how he was suffering from anxiety over not being able to express himself.
It was announced that he died in London, England on Thursday.
Several of Agogo’s former clubs have paid tribute to the striker, as he played for Colorado, the San Jose Earthquakes and the Chicago Fire in MLS.
The Wilfried Zaha to Arsenal rumors will continue for another few days, because the Premier League star isn’t done having his say at the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations.
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Zaha followed a long ball forward and latched onto it just before Mali goalkeeper Djigui Diarra could get off his line, as Zaha finished past Diarra to lead the Ivory Coast to a 1-0 win over Mali, on Monday in Egypt. With the win, the Ivory Coast advances to quarterfinals, where it will face Algeria on Thursday. Algeria beat Guinea, 3-0, on Sunday.
It was a match of numerous missed chances. Mali’s Moussa Marenga and Youssouf Kone had multiple chances they skied over the bar, and in one case, Kone had a shot saved by Ivory Coast’s Sylvain Gbohouo. In the second half, Jonathan Kodjia of Ivory Coast and Adama Traore of Mali traded chances, but few shots were placed on target as both teams looked set to go to penalty kicks. Of the ones that were on target, most were tame efforts, with both team’s defenses nullifying any clear chances in the box.
Ultimately, it was the long ball that Zaha was quickest to on the second phase after an initial header, finishing into an open net and running towards his bench in elation after scoring.
Elsewhere, Tunisia stunned Ghana, winning 5-4 on penalty kicks. Tunisia advances to play Cinderella Madagascar on Thursday in the quarterfinals.
Mali and Ghana claimed group titles ahead of the knockout rounds, and the bracket is now set following four Tuesday matches at the Africa Cup of Nations.
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Angola 0-1 Mali
Amadou Haidara of RB Leipzig scored the lone goal as Mali claimed Group E honors.
Mauritania 0-0 Tunisia
It turns out that all Tunisia needed to advance to the knockout rounds was a draw. Mauritania was not as fortunate.
Benin 0-0 Cameroon
Benin’s third draw of the tournament sees it through to the Round of 16 and a date with Morocco.
Guinea-Bissau 0-2 Ghana
Jordan Ayew‘s second goal of the tournament broke the deadlock after halftime as the Black Stars sent Guinea-Bissau home.
Round of 16
Uganda v. Senegal – July 5
Morocco v. Benin – July 5
Madagascar v. Democratic Republic of Congo – July 7
Ghana v. Tunisia – July 8
Mali v. Ivory Coast – July 8
Algeria v. Guinea – July 7
Nigeria v. Cameroon – July 6
Egypt v. South Africa – July 6
Groups E and F reach their finale on Tuesday, as the 2019 Africa Cup of Nations knockout round bracket will be set after these four games.
And all eight teams in action can still make the Round of 16.
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In Group E a point will likely be enough for group leaders Mali, who have already reached the knockout round, to finish top, while Tunisia must beat Mauritania to have a chance of topping the group and have an easier path in the knockout rounds. If Mali do finish top of the group they will play against the Ivory Coast in the Round of 16.
Group F is somewhat complicated, but Cameroon have definitely advanced and a win against Benin will seal top spot for the reigning champs. Any of Benin, Guinea-Bissau or Ghana can still reach the last 16, with the latter potentially playing Nigeria in the last 16 if they do finish second in Group F.
Below is the full schedule for the AFCON action on Tuesday, while you can follow all of the action live by clicking on the link above.
2019 Africa Cup of Nations schedule – Tuesday, July 2
Benin v. Cameroon – 12 p.m. ET
Guinea-Bissau v. Ghana – 12 p.m. ET
Angola v. Mali – 3 p.m. ET
Mauritania v. Tunisia – 3 p.m. ET