Argentina confirms Jorge Sampaoli as new head coach with immediate effect

Jorge Sampaoli’s first game in charge of the South American nation will be against bitter rivals Brazil in a friendly on June 9.

The 57-year-old, who led Sevilla to a fourth-place finish in La Liga during the 2016-17 campaign, will take control of an international team that are currently fifth in their qualification group for the 2018 World Cup.

Speculation linking the experienced manager with the position has been present since Edgardo Bauza left his role with Argentina in April, and the deal has now been confirmed by the Argentine Football Association.

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