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New Argentina coach Bauza aims to keep Messi from retiring

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New Argentina coach Bauza aims to keep Messi from retiring

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Edgardo Bauza has been appointed the new head coach Argentina.

At the helm of the Albiceleste the 58-year-old former Sao Paolo boss replaces Gerardo Martino who stepped down after the side’s Copa America final defeat to Chile in June.

After that defeat Lionel Messi announced his international retirement.

But Bauza, who won two Copa Libertadores titles as coach with Quito and San Lorenzo, says he will try and convince the Barcelona superstar from walking away from the national team as he sets his sights on qualifying the team for the 2018 World Cup.

His first competitive game in charge is a World Cup qualifier against Uruguay on September 1.

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