Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni agrees new four-year contract extension


Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni agrees new four-year contract extension


Argentine Football Association (AFA) have agreed with coach Lionel Scaloni to extend his current contract until 2026.

This was announced by the president of the Argentine Football Association (AFA), Claudio Tapia after Argentina’s match with Jamaica, where they won 3-0 with a double from Lionel Messi and Manchester City forward Julian Alvarez.

Tapia said that when the contract is signed, it will expire after the 2026 World Cup in Canada, Mexico and United States.

“We continue to bet on the comprehensive national team project,” Tapia added.

Lionel Scaloni had earlier confirmed his desire to continue as Argentina coach even after the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

He said: “I want to continue as the coach of Argentina. My renewal is on track and talks are well advanced.

“I have everything oiled with Tapia to do it, if it wasn’t, I wouldn’t be here for the results alone.

“I am grateful to the president of the AFA. Later, we will see what will be in the World Cup.”

Scaloni was first appointed interim manager of Argentina in 2018, replacing Jorge Sampaoli and elevated to a permanent role in November of the same year, he led the Albiceleste to Copa America 2021 and Finalissima 2022 titles, beating Brazil and Italy respectively.

He has overseen 49 games for the national team with 33 wins, 12 draws and 4 loses. They’re currently in a 35 games unbeaten streak, stretching back to 2019 since a 2-0 loss to Brazil in the Copa America 2019 semi final.