Argentina hires former Barcelona head coach

Former Barcelona head coach Gerardo

Former Barcelona head coach Gerardo "Tata" Martino will be managing the national football team

ANKARA - Argentina's national football team appoints former Barcelona manager Gerardo "Tata" Martino as head coach.

According to a statement on the website of the country's football governing body, 51-year-old Martino succeeds to Alejandro Sabella who resigned last month. 

Argentina lost to Germany in 2014 FIFA World Cup final.

Martino will be formally introduced as Alejandro Sabella's successor at a press conference in Buenos Aires on Thursday

Argentina's new coach won league titles with Paraguayan clubs Libertad (2002, 2003, 2006) and Cerro Porteno (2004). He was also named South American Coach of the Year in 2007.

Martino, who also managed the Paraguayan national football team between 2006 and 2011, led Barcelona to a 2013 Spanish Super Cup win.

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