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Argentina Appoints Batista to Succeed Maradona as Soccer Coach

Six weeks after Diego Maradona said he would “kill” to return as Argentina coach, the country’s soccer association appointed Sergio Batista to the position on a permanent basis.

Batista, who took over as caretaker coach after Maradona’s contract wasn’t renewed in July, was hired until 2014, Julio Grondona, president of the Argentine Football Association, told reporters in Buenos Aires last night.