Argentine football federation, coach Sampaoli part ways
Buenos Aires, July 16 (IANS): The Argentine football federation, AFA has parted ways with the national men’s team head coach Jorge Sampaoli after the side’s poor performance at the FIFA World Cup in Russia.
“Today the Argentine football federation and Jorge Sampaoli agreed by mutual consent to bring to an end his position as head of the national team,” the AFA announced in a statement on Sunday, reports Xinhua news agency.
The split comes just one year into Sampaoli’s five-year contract with the AFA.
Sampaoli was named head coach of Argentina in June 2017 and his last game in charge was the defeat in the last 16 to eventual champions France.
Sampaoli coached Argentina to register seven wins, four draws and four defeats in 15 matches in the past 12 months.
Argentina lost in the pre-quarterfinals to France in the 32-nation championship.