November 22, 2002

Milutinovic Leaves China for Mexico

With no job in sight, China's former head coach Bora Milutinovic left Beijing for Mexico on Sunday.

Milutinovic, who resigned after China's debacle in the World Cup finals, said he did not think too much about his future. "I will go back to Mexico City to spend some time with my family, then I will ponder over my future," he said.

Yan Shiduo, vice president of China's Football Association, praised Milutinovic for the contribution the Serb made to China's soccer. "Mr. Milutinovic completed the main job we asked him to do and steered China into the World Cup finals for the first time. We'll never forget what he did for China's soccer," he said.

Debutant China performed badly in the World Cup finals, losing all their three group matches with scoring no goals. This left Milutinovic, who received no offer until now, an unpleasant memory.

He said: "Generally speaking, I enjoyed myself very much in China. But after the World Cup I was in a rather bad mood."

(Xinhua News Agency July 29, 2002)

In This Series
China Favors Foreigner for National Soccer Team Coach

World Cup Fever Across China

Milutinovic Bows Out as China's Soccer Coach

World Cup Debut Exposes Gap Between China and Soccer Elites

Clay Sculpture Presented to Milutinovic



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