International Soccer
 
                  === Wales hires Coleman to replace Speed ===
 
 Cardiff, Wales (Sports Network) - Wales named Chris Coleman its new manager on
 Thursday, following the death of former coach Gary Speed in November.
 
 Coleman, 41, played 42 times for Wales from 1992-2002, and was a teammate with
 Speed for the majority of that time. Speed, who committed suicide, played with
 Wales from 1990-2004. He was 42.
 
 Speed took Wales to three wins in its final four Euro 2012 qualifying matches,
 but the country has not qualified for the Euro or World Cup finals since 1958.
 Wales moved from outside the top 100 in FIFA's rankings to 48th last year. The
 country slipped one spot in the latest rankings released Wednesday.
 
 Coleman played for Swansea City, Crystal Palace, Blackburn and Fulham, but his
 career was cut short following a car crash. He coached Fulham from 2003-07 and
 later had stints at Real Sociedad, Coventry City, and Larissa in Greece.
 
 01/19 15:36:27 ET

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