Report: Canada to name former Real Madrid manager Benito Floro as new coach

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According to reports in Spain and Canada, Spanish coach Benito Floro will be named head coach of the Canadian national team on Friday.

Orginially reported by Spanish sports daily Marca, the appointment was "confirmed" by Sportsnet.ca on Thursday morning.

Floro, 61, has managed nearly 20 clubs since becoming a coach in 1978. During his career, he has been in charge of such Spanish clubs as Villarreal (1988-89, 2002-04); Real Madrid (1992-1994), with whom he won the Copa del Rey; Sporting Gijón (1996-97); and Mallorca. He has also coached Monterrey (Mexico), Barcelona SC (Ecuador), and most recently WAC (Morocco). 

Canada have been without a fulltime head coach since last October, when Stephen Hart resigned. FC Edmonton manager Colin MIller will be in charge during the upcoming CONCACAF Gold Cup. Canada's Gold Cup campaign kicks off on Sunday against Martinique at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, Calif. (5:30 pm ET, Fox Soccer in US, Sportsnet in Canada)

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The Canadian Soccer Association has called a press conference for Friday morning at 10 am ET.