It appears that Messi and the Argentina national team have a new manager

Sevilla manager Jorge Sampaoli has pretty much confirmed that he will be the next coach of the Argentina national team, as expected. The Argentine, formerly the coach of the Chile national team and Universidad de Chile, among others, spoke to the press before this weekend's league clash against Osasuna. He's long been looked at the favorite to replace the fired Edgardo Bauza, with the World Cup just over 12 months away. 

"My country wants me as national team coach and I've had that dream since I was a boy," he said. 

"This time, it is different. The opportunity to guide the national team has come along again and, as an Argentinian, I cannot turn it down."

According to Ole, his first match in charge will be on June 9 in a friendly against Brazil in Australia. 

It's certainly great news for the Argentina national team. The country's soccer federation has not yet confirmed the hire but it is expected after his last match with Sevilla at the weekend. 

With the team's World Cup qualifying campaign still in need of work, it could be a great May for the team. Lionel Messi had his four-match ban lifted earlier in the month, and now Argentina is nearing the hiring of one of the most coveted, highly-regarded managers in the world. 

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Roger Gonzalez is an award-winning writer based in Virginia that has covered pro soccer from Europe's top clubs to Argentina's first division. Roger started out his pro soccer writing career with Full Bio

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