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Argentina coach Alfio Basile quits




BUENOS AIRES, Argentina (AP) — Argentina coach Alfio Basile resigned Thursday, a day after his team's 1-0 loss at home to Chile in a World Cup qualifier.


"Basile spoke with the president of the AFA, Julio Grondona, and irrevocably announced his resignation for personal reasons," Argentine Football Association spokesman Ernesto Cherquis Bialo said.


Basile also coached Argentina from 1990-94. Cherquis Bialo said the AFA tried to persuade Basile to change his mind, but "he was very decided, very determined."


Potential replacements include Argentina youth coach Sergio Batista, River Plate's Diego Simeone and Miguel Angel Russo.


After a 3-0 start in qualifying, Argentina had a five-match winless streak (0-1-4) before defeating visiting Uruguay on Saturday. Argentina (4-2-4 overall) is fourth in South American qualifying with 16 points, even with Chile and trailing Paraguay (23 points) and Brazil (17).


Still, the top four nations qualify for the 2010 tournament in South Africa, and the No. 5 team goes to a playoff against the No. 4 team from North and Central America and the Caribbean. Uruguay is fifth with 13 points, followed bu Ecuador (12), Colombia (11), Venezuela (10), Bolivia (nine) and Peru (seven).



The Associated Press



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