Today is the day! Jorge SAMPAOLI will be presented officially as our new National team coach at approximately 6:30pm local time in Argentina today. He will be accompanied by Claudio “Chiqui” TAPIA. The coach has reached an agreement with AFA that will see him as the Argentina coach for the next 5 years. Only Cesar Menotti (1974-1982), Carlos Bilardo (1982-1990) and Marcelo Bielsa (1998-1994) have had contracts that lasted more than 5 years.
SAMPAOLI wil be presented today, and tomorrow he will depart Argentina for Melbourne, Australia at approximately 7:50am local time. In Australia he will make his debut as the new Argentina coach in a friendly match vs. Brazil. His staff includes Juan Manuel Lillo (2nd in command coach); Jorge Desio (physical trainer); Lionel Scaloni, Matías Manna, Martín Tocalli & Íñigo Domínguez (helpers); Javier García (goalkeeper coach); Sergio Domínguez & Moisés del Hoyo (helpers in physical preparation); also Jesús Olivera (video analyst).
Hopefully this is the start of good things to come!