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Sabella named Argentina national coach

Sabella takes over as Argentina national coach after leading Estudiantes to the Copa Libertadores title in 2009.
Sabella takes over as Argentina national coach after leading Estudiantes to the Copa Libertadores title in 2009.
STORY HIGHLIGHTS
  • Argentina have appointed Alejandro Sabella as their new national coach
  • Sabella replaces Sergio Batista after Argentina's Copa America failure
  • Sabella led Estudiantes to the Copa Libertadores championship in 2009
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(CNN) -- Argentina have confirmed the appointment of Alejandro Sabella as their new national coach in succession to Sergio Batista.

Batista, who had replaced Diego Maradona, was sacked after just eight months in charge following Argentina's Copa America quarterfinal exit to Uruguay earlier this month.

That defeat heaped further pressure on Batista, who had been the subject of a media campaign to oust him following some controversial team selections.

Batista sacked as Argentina coach

The 56-year-old Sabella was Daniel Passarella's assistant coach with both the Argentina and Uruguay national teams.

He then followed Passarella as his number two with club sides Parma in Italy and Corinthians in Brazil.

In March 2009, Sabella took his first senior coaching job with Argentine side Estudiantes and just four months later he led them to their first Copa Libertadores title in 39 years.

Sabella, who won four caps for his country as a player that took in spells in England with both Leeds and Sheffield United, takes over the Argentina reins despite a previous agreement to coach UAE club side Al Jazira.