Argentina Terminate Sampaoli’s Contract


Following a poor World Cup showing, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced Jorge Sampaoli will not continue as national team head coach.

A 3-0 group stage defeat to Croatia following a 1-1 draw with Iceland left Argentina on the brink of a humiliating exit in Russia, before just about squeezing through to the knockout phase thanks to a 2-1 triumph over Nigeria.

That luck failed in the last 16 against France, however, when they were beaten 4-3 by the eventual tournament winners.

Throughout the World Cup, Argentina’s deficiencies through the middle and at the back continued to be exploited and France tore them apart at times, taking full advantage of their lack of pace, but Sampaoli failed to make alterations to address the problems.

A statement from the AFA reads:

“Today, the Argentina Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract. Likewise, the physical trainer, Jorge Desio and the video analyst, Matias Manna, also disassociated themselves.

“Next Tuesday it will be defined who will be in charge of the Under-20 team in the COTIF L’Alcudia 2018 tournament.

“This association thanks the professionals for the developments within La Selección during their cycle.”

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