Mexico Name Former Argentina Boss as New Coach

Argentina’s Gerardo Martino, who led Lionel Messi at Barcelona and Argentina’s national team, was introduced on Monday as Mexico’s new coach for the next World Cup.

“Tata” Martino disembarks with the “Tri” after becoming champion in the US MLS with Atlanta United and with an agreement for the next four years. He will be the successor of the Colombian Juan Carlos Osorio, whose contract expired after participating in the World Cup in Russia.

Martino, 56, will be the third Argentine coach to lead Mexico and the first since Ricardo La Volpe was in charge between 2002-2006. The Mexicans were also directed by Cesar Luis Menotti between 1991-1992.

Like his predecessors, Martino arrives at the Mexican national team with the mission of reaching the quarterfinals in a World Cup. That round has been impossible for the “Tri” in World Cup, having only reached it in local in the editions of 1970 and 1986.