Mexico coach Miguel Herrera wants to remain in charge of the national side, who were dumped out of the last 16 at the World Cup by a stoppage-time Netherlands penalty, for another four years.
Herrera's wild celebrations when Mexico scored in the group stages made him a celebrity on social media sites and his team, who led the Dutch 1-0 for much of Sunday's game, were popular with the neutrals.
Mexico were lucky to reach the World Cup after struggling in the qualifiers, but they were greeted warmly by fans when they arrived back from Brazil in Mexico City.
Herrera said his fate would be decided by the Mexican Football Federation, to whom he would present a post-tournament report.
"I want to be here for the next four years," Herrera said in an interview on local television on Wednesday.
"I want to keep managing my country, because for me, there's nothing better than coaching the national side."
He added he was already planning for tournaments like the CONCACAF Gold Cup and the Copa America.
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POLICE TACTICS ALARM ACTIVISTS
Police fired rubber bullets and sprayed tear gas at a group of 300 activists on Tuesday evening in a show of force that some witnesses say went too far as Brazil tries to guarantee a smooth World Cup.
Riot police surrounded a plaza near FIFA's World Cup Fan Fest in Sao Paulo where a group of academics and lawyers had gathered around microphones set up for a debate over what they said was the unwarranted detention of two protesters on June 23, witnesses said on Wednesday.
"I haven't seen anything like this, when black blocs are present you expect that kind of police presence but not for an academic debate," said university professor Esther Solano, referring to a violent fringe group known for protesting in black face masks.
She said tensions grew and some started yelling at the police, who reacted by detaining two lawyers, firing rubber bullets and spraying tear gas. Newspaper Folha de S.Paulo said some officers used pepper spray on journalists.
The city's military police said in a statement on Wednesday that the "confusion" started when a group of 50 people "initiated violence against the police" and stopped them from inspecting a large backpack one of the activists was carrying.
Tear gas and rubber bullets were used to guarantee the safety of the police and five people were detained, the statement said.
MARADONA WANTS VENEZUELA GIG
Argentine great Diego Maradona has said he could be the next coach of Venezuela, the only South American country that has never made it to the World Cup.
Cesar Farias quit in November last year after the Venezuelan team, which is known as the 'Vinotinto' ('Red Wine') for its burgundy-colored kit, missed out on the Brazil finals.
The Venezuelan Soccer Federation has not made any announcements about a replacement despite rumours that several coaches of local teams are being considered.
"I look for serious projects ... and think that yes, if it's with security, then maybe," World Cup winner Maradona said on regional television network Telesur, when asked about the possibility.
Maradona, whose well-known leftist politics made him an ally of the country's socialist government, said he planned to visit President Nicolas Maduro after the World Cup.
MESSI MISSING AGUERO
Belgium, who also needed extra time to beat United States 2-1, will have taken careful note of Argentina's inability to convert possession into goals and nervousness at the back.
They meet on Saturday in Brasilia.
While the Belgians will have been buoyed by Romelu Lukaku finally getting on the scoresheet, Argentina will, it seems, again miss injured striker Sergio Aguero for that match.
The Argentines were due to give an update on Aguero after training at their camp in Belo Horizonte on Wednesday afternoon.
Messi and Aguero love playing together, and the absence of their spark and intuition could be seen against the Swiss.
Coach Alejandro Sabella, however, was defensive of his charges, in a tournament where few of the favourites have been able to steam-roller supposedly weaker opposition.
"I'm normally a self-critical person. Sometimes I prefer to do that in front of the team, sometimes in front of you, but I believe the team played well," he told reporters.
"I have to congratulate the players, I have no criticism of them or of myself, although there are always things to improve."
Argentina are under extra pressure to succeed in this World Cup given the presence of tens of thousands of their fans, who have crossed the border into Brazil.
MY GAME WON'T CHANGE
France midfielder Blaise Matuidi will not change the way he plays even after narrowly avoiding being sent off in their World Cup last-16 game against Nigeria as the former champions prepare to face Germany in the last eight.
Matuidi was lucky to be shown only a yellow card in the French team's 2-0 win after his studs-up challenge on Nigeria's Ogenyi Onazi who had to leave the field due to his injury.
The France international, who has since apologized for the challenge that looked to be more clumsy than malicious, said he would be equally committed against the Germans in Rio de Janeiro on Friday with a semi-final place at stake.
"I would not change anything in my game, yellow card or not," he told reporters at the team's Ribeirao Preto base On Wednesday.
"I don't think about that yellow card. This is a dream for us but now we have no time to enjoy this."
Matuidi, whose superb fitness is one of his biggest assets, said the Germans may be favourites because of their better run in the last few tournaments but that would count for nothing.
"Clearly we can say they are the favourites because of their recent past but anything can happen in one game, everyone knows that very well," he said.
"On that evening on Friday there are no favourites. We will make it hard for them and we want to advance."