Jorge Sampaoli trades Sevilla for Argentina

by Jack Kitson / 02 June 2017, 11:45

Jorge Sampaoli has parted ways with Sevilla after just a single season at the helm in order to return to his homeland and take up the reins with the Argentina national team.

A few months ago Sampaoli was hotly linked with the Barcelona job, which has since gone to Ernesto Valverde, while he's previously been linked with a switch to England with Chelsea and Arsenal.

Instead the 57-year-old returns to the international managerial arena with Argentina after a compensation fee was agreed to trigger his release clause.

During his time in charge of Sevilla Sampaoli won 27, drew 12 and lost 14 of his 53 matches in all competitions, leading his troops to a 4th place La Liga finish, and thus qualification into next season's Champions League.

The passionate Sampaoli famously managed Chile between 2012 and 2016, during which he memorably won the 2015 Copa America for the first time in the country's history,

But now after landing his "dream job" - his third in 18 months - Sampaoli will be tasked with leading Argentina through to the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Sampaoli has four qualification games remaining in order to make sure his country book their spot in the showcase spectacle next summer, and this is by no means guaranteed with the 2014 finalists currently down in 5th (play-off spot) ahead of their final matches against Uruguay (a), Venezuela (h), Peru (h), and Ecuador (a).

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