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Martino leaves Argentina post

Argentinian national football team coach Gerardo Martino walks during a training session in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires

Head coach Gerardo Martino announced his resignation from the Argentina national team just over a week after losing the Copa America Centenario final against Chile. The news was announced on the Argentine Football Association's official website.

'Tata' had taken over La Albiceleste on 12 August 12 2014, one month after the departure of Alejandro Sabella after the team finished second at the 2014 FIFA World Cup Brazil™.

Martino coached Argentina in 29 games, with a record of 19 wins, 7 draws and 3 defeats. He reached the final of the Copa America Chile 2015 and Copa America Centenario USA 2016, losing to Chile in penalties on both occasions.

Martino, who has also coached Paraguay's naitonal team, resigned just nine days after the continental tournament decider played in New Jersey and just before Argentina's participation at the Olympic Football Tournament Rio 2016, which he had planned to lead and whose preparatory work had not yet begun.

In qualifiers for Russia 2018, Argentina are currently in third place with 11 points from six games, with three wins, two draws and a loss, scoring six goals and conceding four.

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