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Football | International

Jorge Sampaoli © Action Images

Sampaoli appointed Chile coach



Argentinian Jorge Sampaoli was appointed coach of the Chilean national team on Monday replacing compatriot Claudio Borghi who was sacked last month.

Sampaoli, 52, has been tasked with securing Chile's place at the 2014 World Cup which sees them lying in sixth place in the qualifying table after they failed to build on a bright start to the qualifiers and lost three in a row.

"I take this job on with a huge responsibility and obligation hanging over me to take Chile to Brazil (where the World Cup is being held)," said Sampaoli.

Sampaoli got the job on the back of guiding Chilean outfit Universidad de Chile to three national titles and the South American Cup in 2011.

His task is not insurmountable as while Chile are sixth after nine games, the top four qualify automatically while the fifth can still make it through a play-off, they only trail fourth-placed Venezuela on goal difference.

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