2022 FIFA World Cup-winning manager Lionel Scaloni will continue to be the Argentina head coach for La Albiceleste in the next major international tournament, that is, the 2024 Copa América that will be held at the United States of America. Multiple reports confirmed the extended reign on Scaloni as the Argentina head coach, following a positive meeting between the 45-year-old Pujato-born manager and the 56-year-old President of the Argentine Football Association Claudio Tapia, who was rumoured to have a torn relationship with the former since Argentina’s third triumph at the quadrennial FIFA World Cup back in December 2022.
Full News on Scaloni’s Continued Tenure as the Argentina Head Coach
“Argentina needs a coach who has all the energy possible, and who is well. I need to stop the ball and start thinking, I have a lot of things to think about during this time,” Scaloni said this during the post-match conference after Argentina famously defeated Brazil 1-0 at Maracanã, and the words on the pressure he had as the Argentina head coach prompted everyone to think whether the 45-year-old was going to quit in the near future. Rumours then surfaced that Scaloni’s commitment as the Argentina head coach was in doubt due to his connection with President Tapia, where the 56-year-old was reportedly forcing Scaloni to pursue his players to become political pawns in the association.
Gaston Edul, a sports journalist for TyCSports in Argentina, confirmed the news that Scaloni will continue to be the Argentina head coach and the Argentine Football Association are on the verge of announcing the news in an official statement as well. “Lionel Scaloni will remain in the Argentina national team and will coach through to the Copa America. Surely, in the next few days, an official voice will confirm it,” said the reporter.
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Scaloni’s Story as the Argentina Head Coach Thus Far
Lionel Scaloni was named the caretaker manager of the-then two-time FIFA World Cup champions Argentina, having managed the under-20 football team side for four months. With a great start to his managerial career at the senior side, he was confirmed to become the permanent Argentina head coach, leading the team to the 2021 Copa América after the disappointing third-placed finish in the previous edition. The momentum grew even more upon the 2022 CONMEBOL–UEFA Cup of Champions, where La Albiceleste comfortably edged out defending UEFA European Championship winners Italy 3-0 at Wembley Stadium, England.
These records were elevated to an unprecedented height, when Lionel Scaloni and his skipper Messi guided the Argentina national team to their third victory in the history of the FIFA World Cup in Qatar more than a year ago, and the 45-year-old was also immediately given a contract extension as the Argentina head coach till the following 2026 FIFA World Cup, a tournament that will be hosted by three countries for the first time.
Scaloni currently holds the win rate of 68.66% in 67 games in charge as the Argentina head coach, which is also translated into 46 wins in addition to 15 draws and six losses, and his La Albiceleste side will be defending their Copa América trophy at the Unites States of America later this summer.
Lionel Scaloni is first-ever Argentina manager to win the Copa América and the World Cup.
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