Football: Ex-Argentina coach Edgardo Bauza to lead Saudi Arabia at Russia 2018

UAE's Argentine coach Edgardo Bauza (left) catches the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between UAE and Saudi Arabia at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain on Aug 29, 2017.
UAE's Argentine coach Edgardo Bauza (left) catches the ball during the 2018 FIFA World Cup qualifier football match between UAE and Saudi Arabia at the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain on Aug 29, 2017.PHOTO: AFP

RIYADH (REUTERS) - Saudi Arabia appointed Argentinian Edgardo Bauza on Thursday to lead them at next year's World Cup in Russia after negotiations with their Dutch manager Bert van Marwijk broke down.

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) announced the appointment on its official Twitter account (@saudiFF) after consulting Bauza's former employers, the United Arab Emirates.

"Bauza will lead the Saudi team in the next period that includes participation in World Cup 2018 in Russia and the stages of preparation that precede the (finals)," it said.

Van Marwijk led the Saudis to their fifth World Cup, and first since Germany 2006, earlier this month but was out of contract at the end of their qualifying campaign.