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Football: New coach Gerardo Martino vows to keep Argentina in their high position

Published on Aug 15, 2014 4:49 AM
Argentina's national football team coach Gerardo Martino speaks during a press conference in Ezeiza, Buenos Aires, Argentina on August 14, 2014 during his presentation as new coach of Argentina's squad. -- PHOTO: AFP 

BUENOS AIRES (REUTERS) - New Argentina coach Gerardo Martino vowed on Wednesday to keep the World Cup runners-up "where they are and deserve to be".

Martino also said Lionel Messi's role is that of the world's best player and Javier Mascherano has been a team leader for a very long time.

Martino, who worked with both Argentina's leading players at Barcelona last season, was officially unveiled to the media as World Cup coach Alejandro Sabella's successor.

He signed a contract until the end of the 2018 World Cup qualifiers with an automatic renewal clause if his team go through to the finals in Russia.

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