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Ex-Liverpool, Barcelona star Mascherano to take charge of Argentina U20s

Former Liverpool and Barcelona midfielder Javier Mascherano is taking his first steps into management.

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 will replace the current coach Fernando Batista from January, the AFA said in a statement.

After a long career with stints at River Plate, Corinthians, West Ham and Estudiantes, Mascherano retired in November 2020.

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