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Mexico coach Lavolpe stands down

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The colorful Lavolpe led Mexico to the second round of the World Cup.

MEXICO CITY, Mexico -- Mexico are looking for a new coach after Ricardo Lavolpe resigned following the side's last 16 exit in the World Cup finals to Argentina.

Mexican football federation chief Alberto de la Torre revealed late on Tuesday night that Lavolpe was likely to take charge at a European club side.

Lavolpe had targeted a quarterfinal place in Germany, but their performance in a narrow 2-1 defeat to Argentina was widely applauded.

Argentine-born Lavolpe succeeded Javier Aguirre as coach in 2002, having lived in Mexico for nearly 30 years, coaching club sides Toluca and Atlas.

As a back-up goalkeeper, Lavolpe helped Argentina to World Cup success in 1978.

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