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Alejandro Sabella to leave Argentina after World Cup

Alejandro Sabella will reportedly leave his post as Argentina coach after Sunday's World Cup final.

Ronald Martinez

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Alejandro Sabella will reportedly leave his post as the coach of the Argentine national team at the end of the World Cup, regardless of whether or not his side beat Germany in Sunday's final. Argentine Fox Sports journalist Walter Queijeiro revealed through Twitter that Sabella's agent had made the announcement.

It may well be that Sabella will look to get back into domestic management after three years in charge of the national team, with his only prior experience of coaching coming in a short stint at Estudiantes between 2009 and 2011, during which he won the Copa Libertadores. Before then he'd been Daniel Passarella's assistant at a string of clubs around the world.

Though Argentina under Sabella often play -- and, it should be said, win -- a little more boringly than the quality of their players suggests they should, his time in charge of the national team has been a broadly successful one. However, with this World Cup his only major tournament in charge, it'll probably be remembered as a glorious failure if Argentina fail to beat Germany in Sunday's final.

On the other hand, if they win, he'd no doubt cement his status as a national hero. And that's not a bad way to bow out.