The news the whole of Argentina was waiting: Scaloni signs until 2026
The Nationa Team coach's future was in doubt after the World Cup, but it's been confirmed he'll have another four years
The Argentine National Team played their last preparation match for the Qatar 2022 World Cup and thrashed Jamaica 3-0. With the unstoppable entrance of Lionel Messi, who jumped onto the field in the second half and scored a brace, the Albiceleste will arrive at the World Cup on the path of victory. Not only that, but they just got a bit of news that will ease a few minds in the dressing room. Although Lionel Scaloni was cautious at a press conference, minutes later Claudio Tapia, the president of the AFA, announced the news: "Lionel Scaloni will continue to lead the Argentine National Team until the 2026 World Cup".
"Today was an emotional moment for our coaching staff. We closed four unforgettable years. The balance is positive. We remember the first games here and it's exciting to close it in the same place. A process that was positive and that we enjoyed", explained the Argentine coach, alluding to that path that began in September 2018 with the 3-0 victory against Guatemala in the United States.
Later, Scaloni spoke about the coaching staff's objectives in this double FIFA date: "Whenever we go on a tour we look for different things. As it is the last one before the World Cup, to consolidate an idea of the game. To finish seeing some players and see what they can give us".
One of the journalists present asked the coach about the big question in every Argentine's mind: whether he'd continue in his position after the World Cup. Scaloni sent a message that generated some calm: "Obviously I want to continue, who would not want to continue in the Argentina National Team. I have a good relationship with the president and he is on track, but now the important thing is the World Cup".
Although Lionel Scaloni chose to be cautious, AFA president Claudio Tapia did not want to keep the news to himself and minutes later confirmed the coach's renewal until the 2026 World Cup on his social media accounts: "I am proud to tell you that we have arranged the continuity of Lionel Scaloni as Head Coach of Argentina until the 2026 World Cup. We continue betting on the comprehensive team project. There will be Scaloneta for a while".
Lionel Scaloni began his path on the bench of the national team in September 2018 as interim coach after the controversial dismissal of Jorge Sampaoli. Based on good performances, Tapia ratified Scaloni as the head coach of the Argentine National Team in 2019, and the coach repaid the trust with the Copa América title won on Brazilian soil and the good form of the Albiceleste in the South American Qualifiers . Two months before the Qatar 2022 World Cup, Tapia once again demonstrates the trust he has in Scaloni and consolidates him in his position until the 2026 World Cup.