World Cup 2014: Miguel Herrera agrees new contract to remain with Mexico at the 2018 World Cup in Russia - and he'll be bringing his brilliant reactions with him

Herrera was one of the stars of the World Cup solely for his reactions and celebrations to anything that happened on the pitch

Everyone’s favourite manager Miguel Herrera has given Mexico fans reason to celebrate after he agreed a new contract to remain in charge of the national team until 2018 – meaning we may get the excitement of seeing him on the touchline for another World Cup.

Former international Herrera lit up the touchlines in Brazil with his expressive and exuberant reactions to goals, fouls and pretty much everything else.

Mexico were eliminated in the second round in Brazil by semi-finalists Netherlands, infuriating the supporters as they accused Arjen Robben of diving for the match-winning penalty.

Herrera's facial expressions go viral

But after tensions were given enough time to calm, the Central Americans can return to a state of celebration after confirmation came of Herrera’s new deal to remain in charge of the national side.

 “We’re renewing Miguel Herrera’s contract so he stays as coach of the national team for Russia 2018,” Mexican Football Federation president Justino Compean said.

“We’re going with him and hopefully he lasts. His work was extraordinary (in Brazil).

“We’re pleased because in the short time he had to work, he did it very well, achieving very good results in the style of play and in what the national team transmitted.”

 

Herrera’s campaign in Brazil was all the more impressive as he only took over the job in October last year, leaving him just eight months to finalise his plans for the World Cup after a tumultuous few years in Mexican football.

In fact, Mexico hadn’t even qualified for the World Cup when he took over, but Herrera guided them through a play-off against New Zealand to reach the tournament, where they would hold Brazil to a draw and beat Croatia and Cameroon in reaching the second round.

Herrera realises that all six-foot of Guillermo Ochoa is about to hit him head-on Herrera realises that all six-foot of Guillermo Ochoa is about to hit him head-on They nearly knocked out the Dutch, had it not been for two goals in two minutes to send them back home, but Herrera had already earned his reputation as one of the true characters of the World Cup for his reactions and celebrations alone.

Here’s to hoping Mexico qualify for Russia 2018.

News
Bill Gates, founder of Microsoft and co-chair of the Bill and Melinda Gates Foundation
businessUber, Snapchat and Facebook founders among those on the 2015 Forbes Billionaire List
News
news... and what your reaction to the creatures above says about you
News
Homer’s equation, in an episode in 1998, comes close to the truth, as revealed 14 years later
science
News
news
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?
Caption competition
Caption competition
Latest stories from i100
Have you tried new the Independent Digital Edition apps?

Bleacher Report

Daily Quiz
Independent Dating
and  

By clicking 'Search' you
are agreeing to our
Terms of Use.

Career Services

Day In a Page

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

The difference between America and Israel? There isn’t one

Netanyahu knows he can get away with anything in America, says Robert Fisk
Families clubbing together to build their own affordable accommodation

Do It Yourself approach to securing a new house

Community land trusts marking a new trend for taking the initiative away from developers
Head of WWF UK: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

David Nussbaum: We didn’t send Cameron to the Arctic to see green ideas freeze

The head of WWF UK remains sanguine despite the Government’s failure to live up to its pledges on the environment
Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Author Kazuo Ishiguro on being inspired by shoot-outs and samurai

Set in a mythologised 5th-century Britain, ‘The Buried Giant’ is a strange beast
With money, corruption and drugs, this monk fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’

Money, corruption and drugs

The monk who fears Buddhism in Thailand is a ‘poisoned fruit’
America's first slavery museum established at Django Unchained plantation - 150 years after slavery outlawed

150 years after it was outlawed...

... America's first slavery museum is established in Louisiana
Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

Kelly Clarkson: How I snubbed Simon Cowell and become a Grammy-winning superstar

The first 'American Idol' winner on how she manages to remain her own woman – Jane Austen fascination and all
Tony Oursler on exploring our uneasy relationship with technology with his new show

You won't believe your eyes

Tony Oursler's new show explores our uneasy relationship with technology. He's one of a growing number of artists with that preoccupation
Ian Herbert: Peter Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

Moores must go. He should never have been brought back to fail again

The England coach leaves players to find solutions - which makes you wonder where he adds value, says Ian Herbert
War with Isis: Fears that the looming battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

The battle for Mosul will unleash 'a million refugees'

Aid agencies prepare for vast exodus following planned Iraqi offensive against the Isis-held city, reports Patrick Cockburn
Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

Yvette Cooper: We can't lose the election. There's too much on the line

The shadow Home Secretary on fighting radical Islam, protecting children, and why anyone in Labour who's thinking beyond May must 'sort themselves out'
A bad week for the Greens: Leader Natalie Bennett's 'car crash' radio interview is followed by Brighton council's failure to set a budget due to infighting

It's not easy being Green

After a bad week in which its leader had a public meltdown and its only city council couldn't agree on a budget vote, what next for the alternative party? It's over to Caroline Lucas to find out
Gorillas nearly missed: BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter

Gorillas nearly missed

BBC producers didn't want to broadcast Sir David Attenborough's famed Rwandan encounter
Downton Abbey effect sees impoverished Italian nobles inspired to open their doors to paying guests for up to €650 a night

The Downton Abbey effect

Impoverished Italian nobles are opening their doors to paying guests, inspired by the TV drama
China's wild panda numbers have increased by 17% since 2003, new census reveals

China's wild panda numbers on the up

New census reveals 17% since 2003