Lionel Scaloni Reveals Plan to Coach Former World Champions After Leaving Argentina

Published 01/27/2024, 2:51 AM EST

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The echoes of Argentina’s remarkable World Cup victory haven’t faded, yet whispers of Lionel Scaloni’s next chapter have already begun to surround. The man responsible for steering Lionel Messi and Co. to the top of all glory has hinted at his post-Argentina plans. In a recent exclusive conversation, the Albiceleste icon expressed his desire to coach Spain.

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Lionel Scaloni has managed to achieve an impeccable feat from the sidelines, leading Argentina to victory in the World Cup, Copa America, and Finalissima against Italy. However, his journey with the National Team now seems to be approaching a crossroads. Let’s delve deeper.

Lionel Scaloni is ready to ‘lend a hand’ in Spain, as he terms it a ‘wonderful country’

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As whispers about his potential departure from the Argentina NT gained momentum, Lionel Scaloni took center stage during the Globe Soccer Gala in Dubai. In an exclusive interview with MARCA, he dropped a tantalizing hint about his post-Argentina plans. When posed with the question about his views on potentially managing in Spain, Scaloni’s response encapsulated his ambitions. “Yes, yes, my idea is to coach here. Everything takes time, but Spain is a goal. It’s my second home. I know their soccer and I’m in love with living there, in a wonderful country,” he revealed. Spain, he claims, is more than just a European powerhouse; it’s his second home. What did that really mean?

He spent his playing days there, shaping a respectable career with clubs like Deportivo La Coruna and Racing Santander. “And I always said that if Dépor (Deportivo de la Coruna) needs me I will be there to lend a hand and be the first supporter,” he declared, emphasizing his enduring bond with the club. While the Argentine’s ambitions are evident, questions surround the narrative. Is the feeling mutual?

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Spanish soccer is known for its emphasis on technical flair and midfield. Lionel Scaloni, on the other hand, has built his success on a foundation of solid defense. Can these distinct tactical methods align successfully? Only time will tell, but it’ll be interesting to see what lies ahead.

A moment of reflection for Scaloni

Lionel Scaloni’s immediate future, however, remains firmly rooted in Albiceleste. Back in November 2023, following Argentina’s 1-0 win over Brazil, he considered resigning. However, the tactician has committed to guiding the NT through the Copa America this summer. He clarified his stance by saying, “There was a lot of talking, but I always told the truth. It was not a farewell or anything. I was thinking about how the national team goes on and the moment also to allow space for the youngsters, and this is important for us. It was a moment of reflection.”

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For fans of the beautiful game, the prospect of Lionel Scaloni’s tactical acumen gracing the touchline in Spain is tantalizing. His World Cup-winning mentality could be a recipe for success for Spanish soccer. Enthusiasts will be eager to see where the next chapter of this remarkable coach’s journey takes him.

Argentina will return to action in Copa America, set to be held in June 2024 in the United States of America.

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Sahil Sharma

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I am Sahil Sharma, a dedicated soccer writer with a profound commitment to the beautiful game. My journey as a soccer enthusiast dates back to my childhood, but it was in 2014, when Real Madrid clinched their historic 10th UEFA Champions League title, the famed La Decima, that my passion for the sport truly ignited. That momentous triumph transformed me into an ardent Madridista.
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