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09/10/2014
 

Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, aka 'El Chelis' prepares his Puebla team to travel to Queretaro to face the Gallos Blanco where soccer Superstar Ronaldinho will be making his debut. The whole atmosphere around this game is unusual, and therefore the unorthodox manager had some unique methods to prepare for this match.


During Tuesday morning's training session all of the Puebla players came out and trained with wolf and dog masks. It was a metaphor as the manager is expecting all of his players to chase after the ball like rabid dogs the entire 90 minutes.

 
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02/12/2014
 
A bit rocky and uneven at first, the "Beckham Experiment" ultimately yielded consecutive MLS Cups and heck, possibly a franchise in South Florida. Across the hallway Chivas USA didn't have quite the same success with the "El Chelis Experiment."

It was entertaining but Chelis--full name: Jose Luis Sanchez Sola--turned out to be right when he claimed he didn't have the "sensibility" to coach in MLS.

In fairness, he never had a chance. Chelis was saddled with a making a winner out of cadre of young, mostly untested players, many having never played in MLS before. The veterans he did have were traded without his input, and sometimes even without his knowledge.

By the time Carlos Bocanegra and Erick Torres made their dual debut for the Rojiblancos against Toronto FC, El Chelis had long since departed.

While the experiment fizzled on the field, Chelis' infectious personality did crossover to the Chivas fans. After all this is a man who was fired but re-hired by a previous team whose players refused to take the field following his ouster.

Fans of Chelis will be delighted to know that their man is back in the saddle coaching relegation threatened Veracruz in Mexico's Liga MX.  

In the 2014 Liga MX Clausura, Veracruz are 17th in the 18 team league having allowed a league high ten goals in only six games and scoring only four with a 1-2-3 record. 

Chelis has been active on Twitter mostly thanking fans.

He did offer a nugget about Chivas de Guadalajara, parent club of his former MLS employee: 
 
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02/11/2014
 
The third head has rolled in Mexico's Liga MX. Jose Antonio "Cabezon" Luna, the now former Veracruz manager has been relieved of his duties. Jose Luis Sanchez Sola, better known as "Chelis" has been hired to save the club from relegation. 

After three consecutive losses and four games without a win the percentage of points (system to determine relegation in Mexico) has seen the club drop to 15th place (out of 18 teams). All other teams in the league are judged on their percentage of points per game over the span of three years (six short semester long seasons); but since Veracruz is the newest member to be promoted to the top division, they are being judged solely on the last tournament and this season. Their percentage jumps and falls radically with every win or loss. 

Problems in the Veracruz dressing room also contributed to the sacking of Luna who was unable to manage the problematic, but talented Angel Reyna. 

"Chelis" steps in before the halfway point of the season hoping to put together a good enough run in the second half to avoid the dreaded trip down to Ascenso MX (second division). Due to Veracruz's flexible percentage it will only take a few wins to get the club out of the danger zone. 

Sanchez Sola's former endeavor was managing MLS side Chivas USA during the beginning parts of the 2013 Major League Soccer season. "Chelis" only lasted five games in charge of the American team, he managed a record of three wins, one draw, and one loss; but was still let go. 

Before coming to the United States "Chelis" managed Liga MX sides Puebla and Estudiantes Tecos. He also managed Correcaminos in the Ascenso MX league.  


 
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