BUENOS AIRES : Former Barcelona and Liverpool player Javier Mascherano is to take over as coach of Argentina's Under-20 team next year, the Argentine Football Association (AFA) said on Thursday.
It will be a first coaching job for Mascherano, who won more than 100 caps for the national side playing in defence and midfield. The 37-year-old replaces Fernando Batista from January, the AFA said.
After a long career with stints at River Plate, Corinthians, West Ham and Estudiantes, Mascherano retired in November 2020.
(Reporting by Ramiro Scandolo; writing by Andrew Downie; Editing by Peter Rutherford)