There's a new man in charge of the Argentina men's national team.
Former Sevilla boss Jorge Sampaoli has been unveiled as Argentina's new Coach after signing a contract until the 2022 World Cup.
Sampaoli, 57, has taken over as coach of his home country after leaving Spanish club Sevilla after one season. "I spoke to him yesterday [Wednesday] and he is very enthusiastic".
AFA President Claudio Tapia also presented Jorge Burruchaga, who won the 1986 World Cup with Argentina, as the national team's new manager.
"To Mascherano, we have intentions that he plays central defender, like with Barcelona", Sampaoli said.
Sampaoli's long-term deal should bring some stability after almost two years of turmoil at the Argentine FA (AFA).
Under Sampaoli, Sevilla finished fourth in La Liga this season and sealed a place in the Champions League qualifying stage for the 2017-18 campaign.
But Sampaoli believes in their chances of reaching Russian Federation 2018, saying: "We are convinced that we have the resources to qualify".
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But their hopes are on a knife edge in the 10-nation South American group from which the top four qualify for Russian Federation.
There are four rounds of matches to go with Argentina on 22 points from 14 matches, behind already-qualified leaders Brazil, Colombia, Uruguay and Chile.
Argentina now lie fifth in their qualification group and only the top four automatically go through to the finals.
"We want for the best player in the world to be happy being here", Sampaoli said. His four-match suspension for verbally abusing an official was dropped earlier last month, meaning he is eligible for the next qualifiers in August and September.
'Dybala has a high level and what stands out is his inventiveness, ' Sampaoli said as Thursday's press conference.
"It's a tournament that has to find you consolidated".
"I dream of building a strong squad".