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Soccer News of Tuesday, 17 January 2023


World Cup winning coach Scaloni open to taking up Spain's coaching job in future

Lionel Scaloni led Argentina to their first World Cup since 1986 Lionel Scaloni led Argentina to their first World Cup since 1986

Argentina's head coach Lionel Scaloni is open to taking up the coaching role of the Spanish national team in the future.

The 42-year-old who led La Albiceleste to glory in Qatar last month referred to the European nation as his second home.

Scaloni took over Argentina's coaching role in 2018 following the sacking of Jorge Sampoli after the 2018 World Cup disappointment in Russia.

He subsequently won the Copa America in 2021, and Finalisima in 2022 before crowning it all with the ultimate FIFA World Cup a month ago.

La Roja on the hand failed to progress beyond the last 16 for a second consecutive World Cup after they were knocked out by the tournament's surprise package, Morocco.

Following their disappointing campaign, manager Luiz Enrique stepped down from his role as head coach for the 2010 World champions, and in his place came Luis de la Fuente.

Asked if he will be willing to take up the La Roja coaching role in the future, the 42-year-old said, "Why not? It is my second home. I am in love with being here, with how they treat me. Any Argentine would say the same,” Scaloni said on Spanish outlet Cope’s El Partidazo programme via Sportskeeda.

Scaloni as per reports has a residence in Mallorca, Spain where he lives with his family.