The Mexican Football Federation has appointed Gerardo "Tata" Martino as the new coach of Mexico's national side. The federation president Yon de Luisa confirmed that the Argentine would take charge of the team in the World Cup cycle leading to Qatar 2022.
De Luisa on Monday said the contract signing arrangement will be announced in early January.
Martino has a history of success, playing with world famous football teams, including national team of Argentina, Paraguay, and European club champions Barcelona. His latest achievement is Atlanta United’s first ever Major League Soccer Cup. They beat Portland Timbers 2-0 earlier this month.
When he was questioned about his departure the American club after two magnificent years, Martino said he didn’t have a chance to go back to Argentina once to visit family because he had to be with the club every day.
Martino also dismissed the rumor that he was in the race for the U.S. national team job.
The federation had been looking for a new coach after Juan Carlos Osorio’s four-year contract was expired in August. The Colombian, who is now Paraguay manager, guided Mexico to the round of 16 at the 2018 World Cup in Russia. They were beaten by Brazil 2-0 in the knockout stage.