Argentina Sacks Coach, Jorge Sampaoli After Poor World Cup 2018 Performance 

Jorge Sampaoli

The Argentine Football Association (AFA) has announced that Sampaoli will not continue as national team head coach following a chaotic World Cup.

A 3-0 group stage defeat to Croatia following a 1-1 draw with Iceland left 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.

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Sampaoli got the job after building a solid reputation in charge of Universidad de Chile, Chile and , leaving the Spanish club at the end of the 2016-17 season after guiding them to Champions League football. Given the regard many held Sampaoli in, there was great optimism that he would end ’s period of underachievement and finally find the balance between getting the best out of Lionel Messi and making the team a success.

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But very little has gone well for Sampaoli and since he took over in May 2017, with the coach’s continuous tactical tweaks and strange selection choices baffling many. Throughout the World Cup, ’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.
An AFA statement released on Sunday read: “The Argentine Football Association and reached a mutual agreement to finish their cycle under the Argentine national team.”


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