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Former Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza becomes coach of UAE

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It was just a matter of few days ago when the lanky former Rosario Central defender was being heavily criticised for Argentina’s poor performance in the World Cup qualifiers and was ultimately sacked from the manager’s role. But it has not taken Edgardo Bauza more than just one month to find a new job.

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Former Argentina manager Edgardo Bauza has been appointed as the head coach of the United Arab Emirates national team on Thursday.

The former Sao Paulo manager will take helm of UAE replacing Mehdi Ali who was sacked in the month of March after a 2-0 defeat to the Kangaroos in the World Cup qualifiers.

Edgardo Bauza came into the limelight after being appointed the manager of La Albiceleste. But a dismal run in the World Cup qualifiers where Argentina played 8 matches and won only three being defeated thrice, resulted in the parting ways of Bauza and Albiceleste. Argentina currently sits 5th in the South American group while only the top 4 will get the ticket of Russia 2018.

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Bauza is no newcomer to Asian football as he previously had a stint with Riyadh outfit Al-Nassr in 2009. But this is a different proposition as he has the tough assignment of taking UAE to the World Cup for the first time since 1990.

UAE’S next match in the World Cup qualifiers is against Thailand in June. The most anticipated clash would be when Bauza’s men would take on the Saudi side of former Dutch manager Bert van Merjwik in August which can eventually prove to be a decider for the World Cup dreams of the concerned Asian nations.

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Just two days ago Diego Maradona became the coach of UAE’s 2nd tier side Al-Fujairah and now an Argentine is in the helm of the national team. Now only time will tell whether this Latin touch will twist the fortunes of the nation in the grandest stage of the game.