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Carlos Tevez has accepted an offer to become head coach with Argentinian club Rosario Central, with the deal expected to be announced later on Friday. FIFA World Cup 2022 Live

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The former Argentina striker retired from football on June 4 after a stellar career playing for some of the biggest teams across Europe, including Manchester United, Manchester City, and Juventus.

Tevez, 38, left Boca Juniors a year ago and is now ready to embark on a managerial career.

 

“I’m going to be a coach,” Tevez said in an interview recently. “I’ve taken that decision. I have the same butterflies in my stomach as I had when I played.

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“My teams are going to play the way I feel football.”

Rosario Central are looking for a new coach after Leandro Somoza stepped down from the post earlier this week citing a difference of opinion with the club’s executives.

Tevez will reportedly sign a three-year deal with the club and could make his debut on June 24 when Rosario host Gimnasia in the league.

The Boca Juniors great made 748 appearances club appearances scoring 309 goals. He also earned 82 caps with Argentina.

Rosario Central goalkeeper Gaspar Servio said he and his teammates are ready to welcome Tevez with open arms.

“For me it’s something special that Carlitos [Tevez] can come here. If he does come here, the group will back him to the death. I hope he comes. He has a lot of experience as a player and we are all predisposed to learn and to help Central,” he said.

Rosario are seventh in Argentina’s top division after three rounds played.

 

The champions of UEFA Euro 2020 will face the champions of Copa America 2021 in a new competition called the CONMEBOL-UEFA Cup of Champions, also known as the Finalissima. Italy will play against Argentina at Wembley, where eleven months ago Roberto Mancini’s side won Euro 2020 by beating England in the final after penalties. Argentina on the other hand, arrived at this match after winning the Copa America last summer against Brazil. Both tournaments were supposed to happen in 2020 but then they were postponed due to the pandemic.

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Date: Wednesday, June 1 | Time: 2:45 p.m. ET
Location: Wembley — London, UK
TV/Live stream: Fox Sports 1

Team news

Italy: The Azzurri surprisingly won’t be playing in the Qatar World Cup this winter after losing to North Macedonia in the semifinals of a playoff for one of Europe’s last spots in the tournament, making it the second time in a row the team didn’t qualify for the World Cup, after failing to do so in 2018. This is the first time that Italy have played after such an unbelievable failure and marks the beginning of a new cycle for the team. Captain Giorgio Chiellini will leave the National Team after Wednesday’s clash before joining MLS side LAFC and starting a new chapter of his career after leaving Juventus. Lorenzo Insigne will miss the match due to a minor injury, with Federico Bernardeschi expected to start alongside Andrea Belotti and Giacomo Raspadori.

Argentina: Scaloni’s team is considered one of the best in the world and one of the favorites to win the Qatar World Cup later this year. There won’t be huge changes in his lineups at Wembley, with Nauhel Molina, Romero, Otamendi and Acuna expected to start in front of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez. In the midfield there will be Rodrigo De Paul, Rodriguez and Lo Celso while upfront there are no doubts: Leo Messi and Angel Di Maria will play alongside Inter Milan’s striker Lautaro Martinez.

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