Argentina picks Bauza as new coach

Bauza, who guided LDU Quito (2008) and San Lorenzo (2014) to Copa Libertadores success, will leave Sao Paulo to take on the job Martino left a month ago.

With two 2018 World Cup qualifiers coming up next month, Edgardo Bauza is expected to try to convince Messi to go back on his decision to quit international soccer.   -  AP

Argentina, still reeling from the shock resignations of captain Lionel Messi and coach Gerardo Martino, has chosen Edgardo Bauza as its new coach, his Brazilian club Sao Paulo said on Monday.

Bauza, who guided LDU Quito (2008) and San Lorenzo (2014) to Copa Libertadores success, will leave Sao Paulo to take on the job Martino left a month ago.

“Sao Paulo announces that Edgardo Bauza has received and accepted the offer of the Argentine Football Association to take charge of the national team... (He) leaves the club after eight months' work,” the Brazilian club said in a statement.

With two 2018 World Cup qualifiers coming up next month, the 58-year-old is expected to try to convince Messi to go back on his decision to quit international soccer.

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