Scaloni Contemplates Departure Following Argentina's Brazil Win
|Argentina's coach Lionel Scaloni looks on during the 2026 FIFA World Cup South American qualification football match between Brazil and Argentina at Maracana Stadium in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil, on November 21, 2023(Image-Getty)
Argentina's World Cup-winning manager, Lionel Scaloni, unexpectedly revealed his contemplation of stepping down from his position after Argentina's remarkable 1-0 victory against Brazil in Rio de Janeiro, securing their top spot in the South American qualifying standings for the 2026 World Cup.
In a surprising admission during his press conference at the Maracana Stadium, Scaloni expressed the need for a coach with maximum energy and hinted at a potential break. He stated, "I need to stop the ball and start thinking, I have a lot of things to think about during this time." Scaloni, who refrained from taking questions, emphasized the high standards set by the team and the challenges of sustaining success.
While assuring that it wasn't a farewell, Scaloni acknowledged the complexity of continuing at such a high level and the difficulty of maintaining a winning streak. He mentioned his intention to engage with the Football Association president and the players after thoughtful consideration.
Having assumed the managerial role in 2018, Scaloni guided Argentina to victory in the 2021 Copa America and secured their third global title in Qatar last year. Despite these achievements, he conveyed the need for reflection on his future.
Argentina defender Cristian Romero expressed the team's desire for Scaloni to continue, stating, "We are sure and hope that Scaloni will continue." However, uncertainty looms as Scaloni takes the time to deliberate on the path forward, with the football community awaiting his decision on whether to extend his tenure as Argentina's coach.