Saudi national football team gets Argentinian manager

He was selected from a list which included his compatriot Bielsa

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Saudi football federation appointed Argentinian Alejandro Sabella, 61 years, head coach of its national team for the next three years.

Sabella, the former head coach of the Argentina team, was chosen from a list which included his compatriot Marcelo Bielsa and the Belgian Michel Preud’homme.

Capped eight times by Argentina, he left River Plate in 1978 to play in England with Yorkshire clubs Sheffield United and Leeds United before playing in Brazil and Mexico.

After retiring from playing in 1989, he spent years as assistant to ex-Argentina defender Daniel Passarella, including with the Uruguay national team and at Parma in Italy, and he was also part of the Argentina set-up at the 1998 World Cup.

It was only in 2009 that Sabella got a job as a head coach, taking over Estudiantes and leading them to a fourth South American Copa Libertadores title.

Two years later he was put in charge of Argentina, who had not won a Copa America since 1993 and had not reached the World Cup final since 1990.

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