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Posted by John (Sivan John) Tuesday, July 29, 2014 Go To Comments

OFFICIAL: Sabella Resigns
As stated in the AFA website, we can say it is Official!
 
Alejandro SABELLA has already informed AFA President Julio GRONDONA that he does not wish to continue his role as manager of Argentina. Though the news broke out yesterday, GRONDONA made the announcement today at the AFA Executive Committee meeting.
 
The reasons behind SABELLA’s decision are very unclear at the moment as it could down to personal (lack of energy and wanting a break, just as he had mentioned upon the team’s arrival from Brazil) or perhaps offers elsewhere (I’m hearing about an offer from Monaco). Whatever it is we just don’t know for sure.
 
I must admit that this was inventible since his assistant made this announcement prior before the World Cup Final although in recent weeks I kept my fingers crossed on hoping he would stay.
 
Tomorrow at about 4pm local time, SABELLA will hold a press conference and perhaps we might get the real picture behind his decision.
 
In my opinion, SABELLA will go down as one of the best manager that Argentina had during my time. The journey that we’ve been through over the last 3 years since his appointment after the disappointing Copa America is somewhat amazing. Not to forget, he made Argentina flourish in attack and some quality defensive approach.
 
He will leave with an overall record of42 matches in charge; 26 wins, 10 draws and 6 losses (1 out of which will probably hurt the most).
 
So what’s next….
 
It’s back to the drawing board for the AFA as they will need to appoint a new manager soon to prepare the team for the upcoming friendly against Germany in September, Brazil and Hong Kong in October.
 
Of course, there is also the big assignment for next year which is the Copa America and the 2018 World Cup qualifier which will start after that.
 
Several names have been thrown around as potential replacement with Tata MARTINO and Jose PEKERMAN leading the way.
 
We do hope hear something soon.



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joesoccers
(Canada)
Posted on 8/1/2014 at 1:08 PM
0
maradona is the best candidate to take over.

coaching, for a footballer like maradona is very difficult.

not because of his football mind, because he is acknowledged as a genius, but because of how players react around him.

think about it. if you're an artist or a sculptor, it would be like leonardo da vinci as your personal teacher.

some would freeze up and be scared to move as to not make a mistake in front of him, some would be star struck or in awe in his presence, some would acknowledge his genius and make themselves better painters, some might even be resentful and intimidated and do the complete opposite.

the same thing happened in germany. they were just kids at the time, and the greatest footballer who ever lived was their coach.

the best position for him, is a 5 star general, supreme commander, not a trench captain.

where his leadership qualities and genius can indirectly inspire the whole team and set the tone for the players.

in that role, maradona would strive.




gabo
(United States)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 10:42 PM
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yeah, to think that corruption dies with Grondona is kind of childish, but corruption needs power and it takes quite sometime to become as powerful (read corrupt) as Grondona for whoever comes next. That should give us a break, hopefully a new window to win some championships!


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 11:52 AM
0
Martino is the best man to take over Sabella, I feel the two have quite similar style, both defensive and respectful. I don't understand how many of people kept judging Martino at barca, it wasn't entirely his fault, he never got the power to manage barca.


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 11:26 AM
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I am hearing martino to argentina is done deal.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 9:13 AM
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Please dont name any stadium or stand after grondona..... People r trying to forget him asap.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 8:03 AM
0
https://fbcdn-sphotos-d-a.akamaihd.net/hphotos-ak-xfp1/v/t1.0-9/10344783_563942510378060_8005734252471902588_n.jpg?oh=749b7a2ccb571bcbea5ed193c32edf3f&oe=54394137&__gda__=1413697470_bdded18d4a45bcb6e860c82e96ead4d8


argentine
(Ghana)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 7:47 AM
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good work mr Sabella


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 3:55 AM
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im sure he wont be the next n/t manager but I feel it would be 100% wrong of the Afa to at least not ask him just to rule out that option.


Jack!
(United States)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 3:37 AM
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Guys, you need to honestly stop suggesting Simeone. He's not going to take it, at least now. You see all the passion he consumes, he needs to be active, and playing a handful of games a year, just does not sound enticing for a year man like Cholo. I know Pasarella took over in his early 40s, but Cholo has a plan and structure for Atletico de Madrid, so take his name out of your vocabulary. Tata Martino will likely be the manager.


Mission
(Hungary)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 3:09 AM
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I don't know if it is a good thing for AFA that Grondona has died. Behind every corrupt power there are lesser powers who are just as corrupt and much more selfish because they are not on the throne. If these lesser powers start a power struggle now, that can last for years and it will ruin our dream for 2018WC, and maybe even for the 2022WC too.

About Simeone... Why does everybody think that Simeone as a NT coach would guarantee us titles? Don't get me wrong, the guy is talented, but he is not a magical talisman. And by the way he said countless times through the media that currently he doesn't want to coach the NT. End of story. Maybe ten years from now...


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 2:57 AM
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Pablo:

http://fan.football.sony.net/blog/2014/07/16/early-argentina-boss/


HollywoodHayat
(United States)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 2:57 AM
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Simeone is a great option but idk if hes the absolute best option. There are alot of good coaches who are due for the job


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 2:52 AM
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I am not able to get one point here , why every one here considering cholo as the best manager we got ..?

Yes he is good , but do you guys thinks his strategy will be much different than sabella...? I mean cholo is much more defensive than sabella.
He would have chosen Sosa or guinzu type of players to WC for sure.

Yes he will grind out the results for sure. But the game style will be as same as that of sabella.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 2:51 AM
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Simoene won't leave club football any time soon, as for those wishing post messi era I guess you have to wait a little while for that to happen, messi isn't going any where, may be 2022 you will get your wishes but forget about 2018 messi era will continuo untill after next World Cup , argentina national team will live or die with messi untill then


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 2:40 AM
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we don't know either way what his answer is as their is little indication from him or the afa, infact their is nil he has ever been spoken to.

I feel he has to be asked other wise the perception will be the Afa are not trying to find the best person for the job as their really is only sim ,peck and mart with the latter 2 having some baggage from their pasts and as they say "leave no stone unturned"


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 2:31 AM
0
They probably are already aware of his answer, so what's the point of trying? They should think about the possible options. Simeone is just wishful thinking ATM.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 2:23 AM
0
like you I don't see simeone taking the job at the moment but the afa must still offer it to him for him to say either way.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 2:17 AM
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Actually I think why he said that at the end of his words about Albiceleste was to put an end on all the speculations about him as the possible replacement for Sabella. Simeone said before he sees himself more as a club coach. Managing a NT is not a case for many younger coaches out there, who are at the rise like Simeone. To me he will only get the NT post if he's spent enough time at the club level, coaching several clubs. His next destination is Inter IMO, before he ever gets the Argentina job.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 1:58 AM
0
as always its up to Simeone if he takes the job or not but he must be at least be offered and talked to about the job by the Afa and give him the option of saying yes, no or later, to not do this would be 100% criminal..

from the interview he seems to be saying no one has ever contacted him about the job.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 1:47 AM
0
@chainsaw, just what was crossing my mind about Post-Messi erä for Simeone coz he will get ä bunch of equal talents.
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Now we donot know How Messi will gel with Simeone ideas.
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Now i pray for Pekerman.
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Will ä new director will give ä chance to Bianchi???? Remember his NT coaching is long overdue..... Honour him Guyz, he also deserves.....


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 1:37 AM
0
All elections should be fair and square.... In that case MundoAlbiceleste should get to vote to????? Atleast one vote. ...
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We can pick än Argentine like Julian or...... And he will represent our contigent. Our ideas are all Good but.....?????!!!!!!!!
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Bilardo should should leave...... What director of football he is When the whole youth set up and the league is in shambles..
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Humberto Grondona should be removed aswell.
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What is Maradona upto.... Is he already heading to AFA building?????? Probably on the way with new found mentor Menotti.
.
Valdano????
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Billions hoarded in Grondona z Bank accounts should be freezed and utilized for the total football revamp in Argentina.


Julker9
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 1:35 AM
0
Shut the fuck up, You 12 years of christmas!


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 1:25 AM
1
Simeone won't just abandon Atleti right now, even if he gets offered the job. Simeone is better for the post-Messi era, when he's older, has done enough at the club level, and the Messi generation is gone. Cholo will probably have a set of inferior players who got to get working hard in order to win, and that's what Cholo is best at. Motivation, dedication and hardwork.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/31/2014 at 1:24 AM
0
Great!


GAB
(Australia)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 11:07 PM
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A historic moment for AFA indeed with the passing of G'dona. Let's see what happens. As some have already pointed out, Argentina's political system is corrupt as all f#€k, and AFA is no different.

This is a great opportunity for AFA to do things differently...the question is will they? Time will tell. I think Jack rightly said that the passing of one won't change too much in the issue of corruption as the next leader will be the same if not worse. As they say, better the devil you know!

But here's to hoping that some positive changes can come from this, although I won't hold my breath for too long :)


el mongol
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 10:46 PM
0
hi guys,

finally decided to sign up here!

what a world cup! such a bitter finish but after the initial week of depression, i am now glad that our quarter century disappearance from the final act is over. so many crazy events the last few days/weeks but i feel argentine football is turning a new leaf now!

ok. now i'm gonna chime in on current topics. i love, love simeone but i don't want him to be manager for 2018. i'd rather he build more experience and lead us to 2022 glory. i think pekerman has enough left to lead us to victory in 2018 and retire in triumph.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 10:14 PM
1
"But for me,anyone other than El Cholo is a downgrade to Sabella'
its hard to disagree with that and i agree.


Mafioso
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:57 PM
1
A thing to consider is Don Julio was a autocrat taking bad decisions most of the time,but he was a influential
figure too.Anyone from his disciples will be less influential and on the other hand can be more corrupted too.So not a very joyful moment it is.

Grondona was the one willing to go for Simione.He had the weight and image to make Simione consider about AFA job over his shining club career.

The new president may go for easier negotiations like Martino or Pakerman.But for me,anyone other than El Cholo is a downgrade to Sabella.Top team like Argentina should be managed by the top manager.Right now Simione is the top man among the Arentinian managers,he should be our manager.Martino possibly a good deal but not the best.I want the best possible deal.


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:54 PM
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Wow, Sabella the fixer! In the same year takes Argentina to the final turning the weakest defense into the strongest, is one of the last guys to meet with Grondona and takes him out as well... just kidding. Man, if we can get a replacement for Grondona with some foresight who is focused only on the NT, youth setup and places commercial pressures second, Argentina can do so well.... I would appoint Sabella if it were up to me!


Jack!
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:49 PM
0
He didn't turn down the NT position, he turned down the Malaga job.

http://www.insidespanishfootball.com/109390/tata-martino-turns-down-the-malaga-job/


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:43 PM
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HollywoodHayat: if you listen to the interview on soccernet he says he has not been asked despite the rumors linking him to the job.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:30 PM
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Rumor is the friendly v Germany is cancelled, if true that will be great


HollywoodHayat
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:23 PM
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@Pablo.d, he was asked before the WC and turned it down. He also states on many occasions that he wants to gain experience then coach the NT


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:22 PM
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Dfox: it is matter of time when willy will be the no 1 at man city, joe hart doesn't stand a chance, now that we will have new coach willy will get his chance at the national team, romero did well at the World Cup but I would still prefer willy caballero over him


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:07 PM
0
Joe Hart might be feeling the heat coming off Willy, allowed 2 goals when the game should have been in the bag.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:04 PM
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msi2: while i do agree with you why would he leave, i got the impression if he was actually offered the n/t job it could be a different story as the n/t job dos not come up very every week and some managers never get that chance to manage their n/t


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 8:04 PM
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The cronies that worked under don julio won't surrender power that easy, they are likely to appoint one of them, already bilardo is positioning him self to take over


msi2
(France)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 8:02 PM
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I would rule out Simeone for now. He has started the pre-season with Atletico. Why would he leave the club now? Doesnt make any sense.


cleanball
(Indonesia)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 8:00 PM
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R I P, Don Julio. May Lord bless your soul.
New era for Afa,


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 7:59 PM
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i would not rule out simeone out yet, an interesting interview with his he says some thing close to
"i have a contract with ath.m".... i would like to one day coach the n/t".."i hear the rumors and stories"..."but no one had asked me to do it"..

interesting and i get the impression if he was actually asked he would be interested but no one has asked him so far.


Thang
(Vietnam)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 7:48 PM
0
Wow guys, a nightmare has passed away ?


zizo
(Jordan)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 7:43 PM
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just like the case for every dictator he aint got a replacement
the media is talking about how the fight to get his position has just began and it wont be clean there is a lot of corruption and each club president will want to be the one
lombardi the president of estudiantes says there is no person who can replace grondona now but they can come up with a sort of a team leadership


gabo
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 7:04 PM
0
I get the feeling he was running out of ideas long before he ran out of breath! seriously, Maradona and Batista to coach NT? Let's hope whoever becomes president won't stay for another 35 years and won't smoke the same crap either!


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 5:01 PM
0
There has to be a solution.. or at least an admin. that can delete it as soon as they see it come up. It's very annoying..


Jack!
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:50 PM
0
Well, at least he spam isn't, "my friend Jennifer made 5k a month by sitting at home, and you can do the same!!".


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:48 PM
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Did Grondona's soul came back as a spam?


msi2
(France)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:42 PM
0
Hm is there any solution against those spams?


Alex
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:32 PM
0
Although I don't care for his methods or choice of words I tend to agree with theDeViLisDeaD. Grondona was a complete autocrat, a bigot, and did more to impede reform and maintain corruption at the AFA and FIFA than anyone else in the world... these are not exaggerations.

Though I agree that taking out the head of a mafia does not eliminate the mafia, and it might be destabilizing for a while, it is hard not to rejoice at the end of this era. I choose to hope that it will help Argentina to become the top force in football it should be. But maybe that's a pipe dream.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:21 PM
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So there goes Pekerman z chance..... He should have stayed after 2006.... Now he has in his heart to come back but no invitation....
.
Just like Riquleme.... He left by himself.... Wanted to come back but no invitation.
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msi, Kindly provide us Moreover details about How the AFA election Works.


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:13 PM
0
An article about Grondona in English.
http://keirradnedge.com/2014/07/30/julio-grondona-dies-at-81-world-football-powerbroker-right-to-the-end/

El Jefe would have made a decision and was planning on appointing the job of the national team coach on Monday. His death threw a monkey wrench into the plans. Without someone to make the decision basically on their own, as Don Julio has been known to do, expect Luis Segura and company to drag their feet and nothing to happen. Also, Sabella's press conference might not happen at all since it's already been made public that he won't be continuing on as coach of the Argentine national team.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:11 PM
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So how old is Luis Segura?! XD


msi2
(France)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:08 PM
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And probably the next 4 years.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:08 PM
0
The consensus inside the AFA was Martino. Actually Grondona was the one cold about it. So now Grondona has died, we can be sure Martino will be the next DT.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:06 PM
0
Will än interim coach be announced or Martino will be appointed as planned by late Grondona or Sabella keeps place??
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Any chance for Pekerman???


Leandro
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:03 PM
2
Wooooooooow.. huge news. My condolences.. but when old trees die the sprouts flourish. Hopefully something good stems from the chaos.


pablo.d
(New Zealand)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:57 PM
0
what a surprise more chaos for Argentina football.

Grondona I dont like you and what you did to our afa but as you are departed to the next life- rest in peace.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:45 PM
0
Guys, please stop with the likes Bianchi or co. taking over, that's ain't gonna happen.


Gilly
(India)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:44 PM
0
What a day for Argentina futbol....

Rest in peace , Julio...


Does that mean Sabella now stays or if Pekerman can come over.... Total confusion


tevezisgod
(Israel)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:44 PM
1
Celebrating a man's death is not something I like doing, but it seems that this was the only way to get him out of the AFA. He died at a fairly old age, and I feel for his family, but boy, am I glad that his reign is over.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:40 PM
0
So many things happened .....
.
Bilardo might take over and pull in Humburto Grondona for the director of football post..... Anywayz all same....
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But If Bilardo and the entire gang is chased out yhen theres hope.
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Menotti getting it would be difficult as he is a pro-communist.
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Bianchi or Sabella should take over either of the Post and give Pekerman the NT and Tocalli the U20.
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@aimar, outsourcing Humberto Grondona to Uganda...!!!!
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This is What life is???? He had billions.... But left with such ä bad name.
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'Lover of football to the Post not a lover of money'
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'Money is the root of all evil'


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:36 PM
0
This is what Messi had to say,

"It's a very sad day for football, for all of Argentina and for me,"
"Our president, Julio Grondona, you have left us. I want to send my sincere condolences and a large hug to all his family members and friends."


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:31 PM
1
Looks like now Carlos Bilardo is stepping down as "director of the national teams" whatever it was that he did, that was his title. He says he does not want to continue. Smells fishy to me. Like when you turn a rock over and the bugs on the other side start to scatter.


HOAXone
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:29 PM
1
@Holytoledo you can say that again! They need to make a complete sweeping of the entire AFA to start fresh and with true opportunities and not with the intention to sell out our chances for money. The sad part is that all these mafiosos who are in leadership roles are sometimes even appointed by our own rats in the government...so it goes up even higher then AFA. Until the nation and that terrible wannabe president we have is sent out to graze this will probably continue.


Jack!
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:25 PM
0
Segura is the interim, we won't know who the new president is until the "elections".


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:21 PM
1
Luis Segura has been appointed AFA President. He is in the middle of the controversy of AFA members reselling tickets they received. Grondona was only the tip of the iceberg. If you know anything about Argentina and Argentine politics, they are seriously, all corrupt and on the take. A fresh start would constitute a complete razing of the political landscape. Just one person out of the circle doesn't change anything.


HOAXone
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:20 PM
0
The fact that Grondona just died due to cardiac issues leads me to beleive that he was very stressed over Sabella resigning...probably upset over all of it.

Kinda feel bad cos I was talking bad about him yesterday. RIP Grondona


Jack!
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:56 PM
0
Some of you who think "major changes" on the horizon, you are fooling yourself. There likely was a successor in place in case he died. And a farce of an election that was will take place will be comical. So, the next successor will likely be corrupt as well, if not more.


theDeViLisDeaD
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:54 PM
1
Grondona fucxking destroyed Argentina football stop pretending otherwise

mafia don pure and simple

some dude wrongs your family or worse murders them when they die do you SUDDENLY start respecting them STOP THE HYPOCRISY PLEASE


mikeone718
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:53 PM
0
I wish you'd pretend to know how what grammar is.


theDeViLisDeaD
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:52 PM
1
dude a devil doesnt become a saint because there dead DOUCHBAG

lol this PRETEND IN PUBLIC TO RESPECT A DEVIL just because they died but on the inside hate the eveil that they are

is pure vile HYPOCRITICAL BS


lol prenteding to be well mannered n shit

dead or alive is was a selfish bastard


mikeone718
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:51 PM
0
devilisdead - seems like you had a serious crush on the man.

It's over, time to move on. RIP Grondona.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:48 PM
0
@the devilisdead, calm down man, why curse dead people, don grondona is dead let us move on


theDeViLisDeaD
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:45 PM
1
rest in peace Adolf Hitler

rest in peace sadam

rest in peace mafia dons

rest in peace thief's and murderers

rest in peace Grondona

lol


theDeViLisDeaD
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:44 PM
0
we lost in 2006 to corruption,Germans attacked are keeper then peckerman lost the plot...


theDeViLisDeaD
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:42 PM
0
OL REST theres no rest for the wicked


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:42 PM
0
Plus we all saw what a great team 2006 was.. we lost in a shootout.. which we all know is a toin coss..


theDeViLisDeaD
(United Kingdom)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:41 PM
1
the BEAST is dead the beast is dead long live a free and winning AFA the beats is dead

total rebuild total and utter return to argentina football a build of a AFA that has many team snot one a country with so much talent

its time to totally rebuild and have a great youth system and multipul teams

time to rebuild the dictator is gone pul down the statues burn the paitings rip down the palace

TE BEAST IS DEAD


Amlan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:24 PM
0
RIP Grondona. Between Tata and Pekerman, I would pick Pekerman. Both of them have international experiences. But Pekerman has experience with Argentina national team not so long ago, which is a plus point. He is also experienced with youth team of Argentina.


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:19 PM
0
It's crazy how all this is happening in one day...


mmh007
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:16 PM
1
Damn!!!
I hated this guy but I was shocked by his death news.
RIP Don


msi2
(France)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:06 PM
0
Cuenta @sergiorek que cuando llamó ayer a Julio Humberto Grondona para preguntarle por Sabella, le dijo "el único imprescindible es Messi".

When Sergio Rek (a journalist) called Julio Grondona yesterday to ask him about Sabella, he was answered the only indispensable is Messi.


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 2:03 PM
0
With Grondona in charge, a coach knew what to expect. But not knowing who he has to work with before becoming coach, well, that's a bit of a wild card for anyone, especially a professional coach. Someone like Maradona wouldn't care and take the post because of lack of experience. But a REAL coach, one that has experience coaching in different leagues and at an international level will know what the day in and day out SHOULD be and it could dwindle the field of candidates down.

Just my opinion of one possibility.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:52 PM
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I don't mind Tata, but if this makes Pekerman comes back to the team I'll be much happier.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:49 PM
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I wonder if this could cause a change of ideas for the appointment of the new coach.


msi2
(France)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:48 PM
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lol why Sabella would change his mind? That doesnt make any sense...


Anyway, wow that was sudden. Condoleances to his family.



guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:45 PM
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the power struggle will be distraction for the appointment of the coach, may be sabella will change his mind who knows


Chiquito
(India)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:42 PM
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A big no to Bilardo


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:42 PM
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The only advantage was to himself.
If not then what was gained from his seat of power?


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:39 PM
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You think so? why would it be a disadvantage?


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:36 PM
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Disadvantage was more like it!


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:30 PM
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I always thought the same thing all the years.. that we would have an advantage with Grondona acting as Vice-President of FIFA.


holytoledo
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:28 PM
1
Yet another blow for Argentine football. Grondona dies from complications of a heart attack.

I'm not looking forward to the power grab that will ultimately take place in Argentina and South America. I had always hoped that perhaps our country/team would be given some sort of favoritism because we had "one of ours" in the VP seat of FIFA but it didn't really matter looking back now. Grondona always looked out for himself over the country/team and all the divisions of football governed by AFA in Argentina. His son or someone just as bad as he was will most likely replace him and his style of reign will continue well past his death.

He had been in office so long, it is very surreal to think of our league and national team without him.

But don't get me wrong, I feel for his family because they are human and their pain is real. My condolences on the loss of what was most likely the patriarch of their family.


Alex
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:28 PM
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I feel bad for the relief of Grondona passing, but Argentina has needed a new head of the AFA for decades. I mean, he has remained in good graces even through the military dictatorship, despite all the scandals. Perhaps the AFA can turn into a positive force in Argentina (or is that asking too much)????


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:27 PM
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I agree Kempes is great... But it will probably be Bilardo.. as he is Grondona's right hand man.


Aimar
(India)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:21 PM
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This should be perfect Bianchi to take the president seat, Martino as head coach and Bring back pekerman/Tocali to manage u20 and Out source Grondona Junior to Uganada


Poto
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:20 PM
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I would like a guy like el matador mario kempes be the leader of the afa.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:20 PM
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So will it gonna make some postive changes in AFA..?


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:14 PM
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Maybe he'll stay now


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 1:11 PM
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wow isn't it kinda weird that as soon as sabella resigns then grondona died??? Did Grondona really dread on sabella resigning?? Man I dont like him as the president but feel bad for him regardless. It's really weird timing to be honest.


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:52 PM
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Wow! I feel sorry for the man... This is going to bring a lot of changes.


Juli2014
(Argentina)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:51 PM
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YES IT'S TRUE!

http://www.eldesmarque.com/futbol/sudamerica/47325-fallece-julio-grondona,-presidente-de-la-afa.html


HaititoArg
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:41 PM
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Wtf he died


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:36 PM
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I mean grondona


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:35 PM
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Grinding is dead, so now who will take over, I guess bilardo, and this will post pone the appointment of new coach


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:27 PM
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Wow!! Grondona


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:26 PM
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http://m.livesoccertv.com/news/10845/tata-martino-to-replace-the-departing-alejandro-sabella-as-argentina-coach/


mikeone718
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:25 PM
0
Seems that Grondona passed away.

http://www.buenosairesherald.com/article/165871/afas-grondona-hospitalized


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:25 PM
0
I believe its just a matter of hours before Tata is announced!

That's it


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:20 PM
1
Messi was being himself right until he got hurt.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:19 PM
2
Aside from What Tata did, Christina won because 1- Messi got hurt and 2-blatter decided to change the voting rules deadline.


arg2014
(Canada)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 12:08 PM
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Anyone but Tata Martino....not just because his Barca lame season, but overall package as a coach: tactic, plan B, player selection, dressing room control, and versatility. He's absolutely not the right coach, and Messi can't get along with him seeing him prefer other attackers over him. Messi was an average midfielder under Tata tenure and regressed 100 steps back. Ronaldo was crowned the best player because of Tata's stupid muppet character led to messi being uninspired.


xtreme
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 11:52 AM
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I like Tata Martino, please let him replace sabella.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 11:34 AM
0
That idiot can't coach a man dying out of thirst to drink water.


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 11:31 AM
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No, but on a positive side we could be sure he won't coach any team anymore if his father passes away and he, in another unfortunate turn of events, becomes the president.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 11:26 AM
0
Is his son any better?


Chainsaw
(Iran)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 11:23 AM
0
Dying is not harm really. Specially for a 82 years old. It's a chapter we all have to take one day.


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 11:19 AM
0
On not in


Dfox
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 11:19 AM
0
Is he really?

I hope he's ok, not because I like him but because I won't wish harm in anybody.


guled
(United States)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 10:54 AM
1
Grondona is in hospital for heart attack


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:45 AM
0
Messi - i watched ä few videos of yesteryears..... Just praying we have same Messi again. God's gift to the football world.
.
not sure whether he will love Martinoz appointment????


Arge
(Suriname)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 9:43 AM
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For me LaVolpe is the right man 4 Albiceleste. he has a great style/tactic of play, remember Mexico in WC 2006.


Nocturnal
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 8:29 AM
0
Oh no... Why???
Sabella was the best Manager since 1990.
And why the hell Barca flop Tata Martino?
Why not Athleti Hero Diego Simione?????
Damn you AFA!!!!


Caniggia
(Hong Kong)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 8:09 AM
0
There were other factors beyond Martinos control at Barca, most notable being the players he was left with. If it were a choice of Perkerman or Martino, I'd go for Martino. He is more a winner than a stylist and has spent a season with Messi and Mascherano. I wasn't impressed with Colombia at this World Cup at all. Their defence was scrappy and they couldn't deal with Brazil at all, who were one of the weakest teams at the tournament, even with Neymar. I'd prefer Pekerman go back to the youth setup where I think he is most suited. Martino took Paraguay to the final in the Copa and QF at the World Cup. His win ratio gets better with each job, meaning he is improving and learning. Pekerman has already shown team selection dramas and I think his teams are always lacking discipline.


Chalz
(Oman)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 8:03 AM
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I personally want Jose Pekerman to get this chance bcoz age is catching up him whereas Martino still has time....
.
Anyways not my will But God's Will be done.


Khan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 5:51 AM
1
I've no offence against TATA - about his tactics during his Barca season. Barca has pressured him to change style but he was not strong enough to stay on his decision.


asjbest
(Indonesia)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 5:14 AM
0
Our weak spot in wc eventually in attack, and thats is why sabella is overvaluing messi in a team. If sabella makes messi plays for a team then we would won the world cup


Khan
(Bangladesh)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 5:14 AM
1
I'm afraid, Sabella may have to back very soon.


asjbest
(Indonesia)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 5:11 AM
0
Tata Martino inherits a really good team from Sabella. Hope he does not play favorite like sabella. And make Messi plays for a team NOT make team plays for Messi.
The weak spot of Sabella is that he is making Messi like a god in argentina team. That WAS WRONG. Also sabella never experimented in his friendly games and thats hurt to see in world cup matches we could not come for plan b and others.


baker
(India)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 4:30 AM
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@chalz: if new coach trying to rewrite everything from scratch we are waiting for disaster in copa.

But highly doubt tata or pekerman will do that they are egoless coaches I believe.

Glad to hear that u were in munnar. Do visit again :)



pallab
(India)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:36 AM
0
TATA MARTINO NEXT ??? far away from sabella..seen in Barcelona but done very well in the start of his coaching la liga carrier..misses some good players in team at Barcelona...If he becomes the coach he will done some great job ..as he had already coached alot of big players he can well handle pressure in ARG National Team. A potential replacement to do better but may have little less defensive idea than SABELLA as seen in final part of la liga with Barca.

Jose PEKERMAN is always a GREAT coach to have but i have nothing to sy about him as he is always a BIG name .everything is under controll of GRONDONA?..
WHY AFA cannt retain SABELLA ???
why ??
will be great to have sabella for the next world cup
but alas!!!


pallab
(India)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at 3:24 AM
0
SABELLA THE GREAT>>>>>>>>>>>>> SALUTE YOU....you should have stayed..


LEO
(India)
Posted on 7/30/2014 at