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Jorge Sampaoli sacked as Argentina’s coach

           Jorge Sampaoli has paid the price for a poor World Cup, with Argentina announcing his departure today. 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 Argentina 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.

Sampaoli got the Argentina job after building a solid reputation in charge of Universidad de Chile, Chile and Sevilla, 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 Argentina’s period of underachievement and finally find the balance between getting the best out of Lionel Messi and making the team a success.

But very little has gone well for Sampaoli and Argentina since he took over in May 2017, with the coach’s continuous tactical tweaks and strange selection choices baffling many. Throughout the World Cup, Argentina’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 Jorge Sampaoli reached a mutual agreement to finish their cycle under the Argentine national team.”

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Premier League Football top scorers 2019/2020 ranking

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Anthony Joshua defeated Andy Ruiz to reclaim his world heavyweight champion

anthony Joshua body change

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A lot has been said about Andy Ruiz Jr’s weight when he fought Anthony Joshua in their first fight. But in June, the Mexican-American shocked the world when he took Anthony Joshua world heavyweight titles.

Ruiz said he would slim down for part 2, but on Friday he surprisingly weighed in 15lbs heavier than he did in june.

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