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12:00 AM, July 17, 2018 / LAST MODIFIED: 12:00 AM, July 17, 2018

Sampaoli stands down

Argentina have parted company with coach Jorge Sampaoli following their poor World Cup campaign, the federation announced on Sunday.

"Today the Argentine football federation and Jorge Sampaoli agreed by mutual consent to bring to an end his position as head of the national team," the AFA said in a statement.

The split comes just one year into Sampaoli's five-year contract.

The 58-year-old's days as coach were numbered after his Lionel Messi-led side failed to fire in Russia, their campaign fraught with tension and dispute.

Appointed in June 2017, his last game in charge was the last-16 defeat to France.

Divorce proceedings were complicated by Sampaoli's reluctance to resign and a costly contract clause were the AFA to sack him. Reports suggest Sampaoli walks away with a $2 million pay-off.

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