Sampaoli unveiled as new coach of Argentina football team

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The Argentina native will be presented at the AFA training facilities in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires.

The 57-year-old, who is fulfilling a long-time dream of coaching his country's national team, also said he had signed a deal with the Argentinian FA until the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

Sampaoli was in charge of Spanish club Sevilla for one season.

Sampaoli has the benefit of having arguably the world's best player at his disposal and the former Chile and Sevilla coach said Messi was ready to shine.

Argentina are now fifth in the 10-team South America zone World Cup qualifying standings with four games remaining.

Argentina now lie fifth in their qualification group and only the top four automatically go through to the finals. "We know that there are resources for Argentina to reach the World Cup".

"I spoke with Leo and we're both excited", Sampaoli was quoted as saying by BBC. "We want the world's best player to feel happy being here", he told a news conference. "I want to welcome Jorge Sampaoli".

Sampaoli took fourth-placed Sevilla to their highest finish in La Liga since 2010 during his only season in European soccer after a long career in South America.

"Mascherano? The intention is that he plays in the same position as he does for his team".

Sampaoli will travel to Melbourne on Friday morning to begin coaching the squad ahead of two worldwide friendlies.

A surprising selection in Argentina's latest squad - to face Brazil and Singapore in friendlies later this month - was Mauro Icardi.

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