Sampaoli takes charge of Argentina until 2022, seeks the best Messi

Frederick Owens
June 3, 2017

Argentina's new soccer coach Jorge Sampaoli, right, embraces the President of Argentine Football Association (AFA) Claudio Tapia at the start of a press conference in Buenos Aires, Argentina, Thursday, June 1, 2017.

"To Mascherano, we have intentions that he plays central defender, like with Barcelona", Sampaoli said.

The relevant paperwork has now been received, and a statement from the Spanish club confirmed the departure of their ex-Chile boss after just one season.

Sampaoli guided Sevilla to fourth place in La Liga and the Champions League round of 16 last season, but the 57-year-old admits he is "fulfilling a dream" by sacrificing the Andalusians for the Albiceleste.

"The South American qualifiers are very complicated". He has also coached Chile and club Universidad de Chile, having tremendous success at both, including guiding the nation to its first ever Copa America title in 2015, with a penalty-kick shootout win over his birth country.

He has reportedly signed with the Argentine Soccer Association (AFA) until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar, after almost two years of turmoil at the Argentine FA. "I talked to him and he's very excited".

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The first competitive match for the new management will take place in August in a World Cup qualifying game in Uruguay. It's a boost for us to see how excited he is with this new stage (for Argentina).

Argentina face Uruguay in Montevideo on Aug 31.

"It's a tournament that has to find you consolidated".

He added: "It is a dream that I cherished for ages".

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