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Scaloni confirms staying on as Argentina coach

Scaloni had said he was contemplating walking away from his post after Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in a 2026 WC qualifier

Update : 25 Jan 2024, 04:59 AM

Lionel Scaloni confirmed he will stay on as coach of Argentina after casting doubt over his future with the World Cup holders last November.

The 45-year old Scaloni had said he was contemplating walking away from his post after Argentina beat Brazil 1-0 in a 2026 World Cup qualifier, saying: "It's complicated to keep going and it's complicated to keep winning."

Local media reports said earlier this month that Scaloni reached an agreement with the Argentine Football Association to remain at the helm until at least the end of this summer's Copa America.

"There was a lot of talking, but I always told the truth. There were moments to think and know what to do. It was not a farewell or anything," Scaloni said in an interview with Italian television.

"I was thinking about how the national team goes on and the moment also to allow space for the youngsters, and this is important for us. It was a moment of reflection."

Scaloni took over as coach in 2018 and led Argentina to the Copa America title in 2021 - their first major trophy since the 1986 World Cup - and a third World Cup triumph the following year.

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