Pekerman takes over Argentina coach

Updated: 25 February 2007 09:08 IST

One-time taxi driver Jose Pekerman took over as coach of Argentina's national football team on Thursday.

Pekerman takes over Argentina coach
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Buenos Aires:

One-time taxi driver Jose Pekerman took over as coach of Argentina's national football team on Thursday, replacing sudden quitter Marcelo Bielsa. Pekerman, who presided over Argentina's youth programs during the late 1990s, will be reunited with many of the players he helped to groom and who now form the backbone of one of the world's leading teams. Pekerman's appointment ended a two-day search by Argentinian soccer officials, who were caught off guard by Bielsa's surprise resignation on Tuesday. The 55-year-old Jose Pekerman is not as well known as his predecessor. He was the manager of the national under-20 team from 1994 to 2002 and won the World Youth Cup for Argentina in 1995, 1997 and 2001. His job will now be to steer the senior team to the next World Cup in 2006. Pekerman is expected to debut as coach on October 9 when Argentina plays Uruguay in a South American World Cup qualifier. Argentina is in second place in regional qualifying with 15 points, one behind Brazil. (AP)

Topics : Football
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