Jorge SAMPAOLI has landed in Argentina this morning from Spain at 7:55 am local time. It hasn’t been confirmed yet but rumors are that he will be officially presented as the new coach of our national team on Thursday June 1st. If all goes as planned, he will make his debut as coach on June 9 in an international friendly vs Brazil and 4 days later there is a second friendly vs. Singapore. This is definitely a great opportunity to try out new players, formations, tactics, etc.
Claudio TAPIA, president of AFA, and Daniel ANGELICI, Vice President, are in Spain looking to negotiate SAMPAOLI’S release from Sevilla. There is a release clause of 1.500.000 Euros. As this is still pending, SAMPAOLI is planning on not talking to the press until next Thursday. The plan is to travel to Melbourne, Australia the following Friday June 2nd to play the first of two friendly matches. Sebastian BECCACECE who is SAMPAOLI’S right hand man will travel four days later with the seven local based players to Australia to meet up with the rest of the team.
In the meantime, SAMPAOLI will be visiting his hometown which is the city of Casilda in the province of Santa Fe. On Sunday, he will be present at the Monumental Stadium where River Plate will play vs Rosario Central. During this match, SAMPAOLI will be able to see in action: Jonatan MAIDANA, Ignacio FERNANDEZ and Lucas ALARIO, of River, and Javier PINOLA, of Central.
We know that Argentina are 5th in the World Cup Qualifying standings. There’s four World Cup Qualifiers left for Argentina which will be played in September and October. In September we play Uruguay and Venezuela and then in October we play our last two matches against Peru and Ecuador.
SAMPAOLI will be the third coach for Argentina in these World Cup Qualifiers. They’ve already had Gerardo MARTINO, and Edgardo BAUZA.
What do you all think? Is SAMPAOLI a good fit for us? Can next World Cup finally be ours!? I personally am super excited to see what he can do for our team.