Barcelona star to become manager in Argentina

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Former Barcelona star and current Club Leon manager Juan Antonio Pizzi is set to become manager of Independiente in Argentina, according to reports in the Mexican newspaper Milenio.

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46 year old Juan Antonio Pizzi played for Barcelona between 1996 and 1998, scoring eleven goals in 48 appearances.

He also represented Valencia, River Plate, Porto, Villarreal, and Toluca in an illustrious 15 year career. He picked up 22 caps for Spain.

He became the Club Leon manager in January, taking over from Gustavo Matosas who had won back to back titles before leaving for Club America.

He failed to follow in Matosas’ footsteps, leading Leon to a dismal 17th place finish in the recently completed 2015 Clausura season.

He has now been linked with Independiente. Their current manager will retire after their match against Racing Club this weekend, and Pizzi has reportedly been approached about the role.

It was widely thought he would be sacked anyway, but it now looks like he might jump before he is pushed.

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