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By ESPN Staff
Nov 27, 2006

Mexico boss Sanchez dreams of World Cup glory

New Mexico boss Hugo Sanchez has set his sights on World Cup glory with his new charges.

Sanchez, who has succeeded Ricardo Lavolpe, told the FIFA website: 'What I want is for us to become world champions.

'That is our goal, and it's what I'd like us to focus on and work towards.'

The former Real Madrid striker revealed his ambition as he issued a rallying cry to everyone associated with the Mexican team to unite.

He said: '[Mexico] need the help of everyone - the players, obviously, but also the directors, the fans and the media.

'If everyone plays their part, then it will be possible to achieve our objective.

'I've always aimed to be the best, and if everyone can follow that example and get behind the team I'm assembling, then we'll make it. Seeing is believing, and I believe we can be world champions.'

Sanchez noted his management career has followed an almost identical pattern to his playing days.

'As a player, I spent five years in Mexico, won the championship twice with Pumas and played for the national team. After that I headed off to Europe,' he continued.

'Now that I'm in management, I'm following the same path all over again: I've spent the last five years coaching, won another two league titles with Pumas and now it's time to take the reins of the national team.

'Coaching in Europe will be the next step, but for now I'm fully focused on Mexico.'

Sanchez has already begun laying down his blueprint for success and wants young Barcelona player Giovanni dos Santos, who is eligible to play for Brazil, and Olympiakos striker Nery Castillo, who qualifies for Uruguay, to link up with his squad.

Sanchez added: 'I'm thinking about Giovanni dos Santos and Nery Castillo, two players who are eligible to play for more than one national team, but who I'd very much like to see declare for Mexico.

'In fact, I'm already taking the necessary steps to ensure this.'