Former Argentine footballer Edgardo Bauza will be the new coach of Argentina’s national team, the country’s national football federation announced.
The 58-year-old replaces Gerardo Martino, who left the head coach position on July 5 after Argentina’s loss on penalties against Chile in the final of the Copa America Centenario tournament.
Bauza, who most recently coached at Brazilian club side Sao Paulo, takes over the team at a crucial time before the 2018 World Cup in Russia, as the side sits in third place in South America qualifying. On September 1, Argentina will take on first-placed Uruguay in Buenos Aires.
The team will be without its all-time top scorer Lionel Messi for the game, who announced his retirement from the national team straight after the Copa America loss.