Jorge Sampaoli: New Argentina boss holds Lionel Messi talks

Jorge Sampaoli: New Argentina boss holds Lionel Messi talks

Jorge Sampaoli: New Argentina boss holds Lionel Messi talks

Jorge Sampaoli has officially left Sevilla to become the new manager of Argentina.

Sampaoli takes over at a hard time, with the two-time world champions fifth in their qualifying group for the 2018 World Cup.

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.

During his time in charge of Sevilla Sampaoli won 27, drew 12 and lost 14 of his 53 matches in all competitions, leading his troops to a 4th place La Liga finish, and thus qualification into next season's Champions League.

Argentina sacked Edgardo Bauza in April after eight matches as coach, BBC reports.

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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. "Argentina is not qualified, but we know we have the resources for that".

Sitting in fifth place in the CONMEBOL World Cup qualifying standings, which is worth a spot in the qualifying playoff, Argentina has a plenty of work to do.

"I spoke with Leo and we're both excited", said Sampaoli.

Sampaoli has taken charge of the team at a time when their qualification for the 2018 World Cup to be held in Russian Federation is in jeopardy. The team is also boosted by the return of Lionel Messi. "There are some very good teams trying to do the same thing as us", added Sampaoli. He leaves with his squad for Australia where Argentina will go on a two match friendly tour.

Argentina face Brazil in Melbourne on June 9 and then will play at Singapore a week later.

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