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Maradona to coach Argentina?

Saturday, October 18, 2008

Argentine legend Diego Maradona admits he wants to succeed Alfio Basile as the national team coach.

Previous coach Basile resigned late on Thursday for personal reasons he's yet to make public.

Maradona, who led Argentina to the World Cup title in 1986 and final in 1990, said: "I would love to coach the national team. Who wouldn't? Anybody would be seduced by the position."

"I couldn't ask for anything better. I would be in seventh heaven," the 47-year-old added.

Argentine Football Association (AFA) announced that the new coach will be named on October 27 and potential candidates are believed to be national youth coach Sergio Batista, who led Argentina to Olympic gold in Beijing, San Lorenzo's coach Miguel Angel Russo and River Plate's boss Diego Simeone.

Basile had been under fire since Argentina's first loss to Chile in the World Cup qualifer, which left them third on goal difference in the South American standings.

Basile took over the job from José Pekerman in July 2006 - his second spell with the Albiceleste after had previously been coached the national side from 1991 through to the 1994 World Cup in the United States.

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