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    Argentina part ways with coach Jorge Sampaoli


    Joe Jones

    Argentina and manager Jorge Sampaoli have "mutually agreed" to terminate his contract in the wake of the team's disappointing 2018 World Cup campaign.

    The 2014 runners-up went out of the tournament courtesy of a 4-3 defeat by France at the last-16 stage.

    Sampaoli, 58, took charge of his home country in May 2017 and the team scraped through qualifying.

    The team only progressed from the group stages in Russia with an 86th-minute winner from Marcos Rojo against Nigeria.

    That came after Argentina drew their first game 1-1 with Iceland before a 3-0 defeat by eventual group winners Croatia.

    “The Argentine Football Association and the former national team coach, Jorge Sampaoli, have mutually agreed to the termination of their contract," the AFA said in a statement on Sunday.

    “Likewise, the physical trainer Jorge Desio and the video analyst Matias Manna have also left.

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

    “The association thanks the professionals for their work with the team during their time.”

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