World Cup winner Lionel Scaloni officially renews contract with Argentina to 2026

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Argentina coach Lionel Scaloni has extended his contract until 2026, the country’s FA said on Monday (Feb 27) after he led the team to their World Cup triumph in Qatar last year.

“Claudio Tapia and Lionel Scaloni met to close the extension of the contract as coach of the Senior Selection until 2026,” the AFA said in a statement.

Scaloni, who played for Argentina’s Newell’s Old Boys, Lazio and Mallorca, began his link with the national team as part of the coaching staff led by Jorge Sampaoli, who was sacked after they exited in the last 16 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Scaloni, 44, gave the squad captained by Lionel Messi a thorough overhaul, winning the Copa America in 2021 plus the ‘Finalissima’ against Italy and World Cup in 2022. He has a record of 37 wins, 15 draws and five defeats in 57 games.

“When confidence is high, communication is simple and effective. We continue to strengthen the national team project, together with Lionel Scaloni, the world champion coach,” said Tapia, who is in Paris to attend FIFA’s ‘The Best’ Awards.

Scaloni is the favourite to be named Best Coach of 2022 at the awards presentation later on Monday.