Leonardo out as AC Milan head coach

Via mutual agreement, Leonardo has resigned as the head coach of AC Milan. Leonardo took the place of Carlo Ancelotti, who left for Chelsea before the season began. Leonardo has led AC Milan to a position in next season’s Champion League. The team agreed to allow Leonardo to coach in the team’s final match on Saturday against Juventus.

Leonardo played for Milan between 1997 and 2001 before he went back to Brazil to work as a scout. In 2008 he was hired as a technical director, and then took the position as the head coach. The 40 year old was scrutinized from the beginning, especially with no head coaching experience under his belt. After his team got off to a slow start, losing their first four – the talks of him on the hot seat began.

AC Milan has stated that they have not started the search for a new head coach, and no names have emerged as favorites for the position. They will take some time to conduct a search for Leonardo’s replacement.

In other soccer news, UEFA announced that France was the favorite to host the 2016 European Championships. France sent in a plan that included spending over $2 billion on stadiums and renovations. France’s biggest competitor for the event is Turkey. The announcement is expected to be made on May 28.

The Euro Cup is the world’s third largest sports event behind the Olympics and the World Cup. The 2016 edition will feature 24 teams, an increase from 16, which has been done in the past.

Lastly, Carlos Bocanegra is expected to be ready to go for the United States in the 2010 World Cup. Bocanegra missed his team’s final two matches with stomach pains, and also has a knee injury dating back to March. The 30 year old from California played in a match against Lyon earlier in the week. He is expected to be ready to go for the United State’s opening match game against England on June 12th in South Africa.