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Gerardo Martino Quits Argentina Job

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Gerardo Martino Has Quit His Job With Argentina

Buenos Aires, Argentina – Argentina manager Gerardo Martino has resigned as manager of the Argentinian national team amid difficulties with gathering the Olympic team for Rio 2016.

Martino’s resignation comes during a time where the Argentine Football Association (AFA) is struggling in keeping their structure and foundation up and running. “El Tata”, who took the Albiceleste on August 12, 2014, suffered multiple problems and was immersed within the institutional crisis of the AFA.

The disorganization in having a team ready to participate in the Olympic games of Rio 2016 is the primary reason, not the two finals losses to Chile or the early retirement of Lionel Messi to the Argentina national team.

Martino communicated his decision to the vice president of AFA, Claudio “Chiqui” Tapia , during a meeting at the site of “Julio Humberto Grondona” Ezeiza.

Martino ‘s resignation comes 29 days before the debut of Argentina team in the Olympic Games in Rio de Janeiro, where there is still no list of players called.

The question now relies back on the leaders of the Argentinian soccer, who will be the person in charge of the National team? Furthermore, will Argentina drop out of the Olympic games?

Martino leaves Argentina after 18 official games, 11 wins, six draws, and one loss. His team had an astonishing goal differential, 34 goals in favor and nine against. With that, the two straight losses to Chile in Copa America finals in penalties.