Alejandro Sabella is most definitely done with Argentina…maybe.
The agent of Argentina’s head coach says the 59-year-old is done managing the national team whether they win the World Cup final or not.
“He’s off. Whatever happens, Sabella will be leaving the national side,” Sabella’s agent Eugino Lopez told newspaper Olé.
“If they’re champion or not, it’s the end of a cycle. At least that’s what I believe. He might change his mind, but I doubt it. Alejandro’s idea is different to the board’s (who want him to continue). Cycles end. He was always going to finish the World Cup and say goodbye to the side.”
Lopez did not give a reason why his client was likely to step down.
Sabella has managed Argentina since 2011, only his second head coaching job. He spent years as the Robin to Daniel Passarella’s Batman, with time at Parma, Monterrey, Corinthians, and the Argentinian and Uruguayan teams.
He received his first managerial position in 2009 with Estudiantes, leading them to the Copa Libertadores title.
The Argentine has been given much of the credit for guiding his country’s national team to the World Cup final. While it’s a team blessed with attacking prowess, including one of the world’s best in Lionel Messi, but he’s built the team’s structure so the defense can flourish, and it’s paid off. While they’ve left some matches late, Argentina has not trailed for a single second this entire World Cup.
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It isn’t Dortmund, but that’s a good thing for Liverpool.
Our own Joe Prince-Wright was on the scene for Jurgen Klopp’s unveiling as the latest Reds manager, and the 48-year-old German had a lot to say.
Perhaps most poignant for Liverpool fans are Klopp’s words on the talent he inherits from Brendan Rodgers. Sure there are quips that will hit the headlines, but how about Klopp’s assertion that success shouldn’t take nearly as long as his dramatic work at BVB.
From JPW on Merseyside:
“We did in Dortmund what we had to do, to improve the players, to work for a common idea of play. That is what we did and its the same thing we want to do here. They are not the same players of course,” Klopp told NBC Sports ProSoccerTalk. “These players from Liverpool are better, more experienced in some ways and younger in other cases. Everything is okay, I am here. I am not here only because LFC was calling. I believe in the potential of this team. Four or five strikers you can work with when they are not injured, midfielders is really good, defenders experienced and very young, goalkeeper is really good. Everything is there.”
Everything. A powerful word and one that doesn’t get lost in translation. Liverpool has a batch of world class talent, and Klopp’s is anxious to organize it in world class fashion. Strap in, Anfield.
So here we go: the biggest rivalry in U.S. Soccer, the one that sends fans racing for the stadia for a glimpse of history.
It’s the U.S. and Mexico for the right to go to the 2017 Confederations Cup in Russia, and it will play out at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night.
National pride is on the line, and national jobs may rightly be in jeopardy. Let’s swing through our coverage, and what’s at stake in just over 24 hours time.
Who is the key to Saturday’s match? Is it Michael Bradley? Fabian Johnson? Andres Guardado? Will Klinsmann opt for players with Liga MX experience, stay Euro Heavy, or appease the domestic set? Read more here.
So how will Klinsmann line ’em up? JPW has his preference, some options, and a prediction of what the manager will do.
What are the chances this one finds its way into the upper echelon of matches in the Mexico/U.S. rivalry? This is the company it could join.
The folks in the anti-Klinsmann brigade seethe with pure detestation of the USMNT boss. Any quote from him is self-serving and dishonest, any success accidental. Beat Germany or the Netherlands in friendlies on the road? Coincidental and Unimportant. Lose a friendly to Brazil? The worst thing ever.
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So this match, being meaningful and testing his unbeaten mark vs Mexico, is going to be a clarion call for U.S. Soccer fans. Barring a cataclysmic loss in horrific blowout fashion, he won’t be canned. But a win will be validation for his supporters while a loss would cue a genuine hot seat. And for his detractors, already foaming at the mouth from the words of icon Landon Donovan? Kablammo.