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Italian-based strikers Lautaro Martinez and Giovanni Simeone are among the 20 new faces in Argentina's squad for upcoming friendlies against Guatemala and Colombia, while Lionel Messi was not included as expected.

Messi was left out after requesting an unspecified time out from international duty following Argentina's disappointing World Cup campaign, after which coach Jorge Sampaoli left his post.

Martinez, who joined Inter Milan from Racing earlier this summer, and Simeone, the Spain-born...

Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone won't be next Argentina coach - father

Atletico Madrid's Diego Simeone hailed his side's ability to break Real Madrid's 18-year winning run in continental cup finals.
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The father of Atletico Madrid coach Diego Simeone has ruled his son out of the running to take over Argentina.

Carlos Simeone told Super Deportivo Radio that while his son will not succeed Jorge Sampaoli, he will take the job at some point in the future.

"We know that at some point he will give to the national team," Carlos Simeone said. "He always had respect for Argentina and made an effort to play. He has it in his head to do it.

"He still likes working weekly and the day to day, the adrenaline...

Lionel Messi's brother Matias sentenced for illegally possessing firearm

BUENOS AIRES, Argentina -- Matias Messi, brother of Barcelona and Argentina star Lionel Messi, has been sentenced for illegally possessing a firearm.

Messi received a 2 ½-year prison sentence on Thursday but will not go to jail. He was instead ordered to perform community service. La Capital newspaper in the Argentine city of Rosario says that the decision was reached under a deal with investigating prosecutors.

The weapon was found late last year inside a blood-stained boat which Messi crashed...

Lionel Messi Argentina hiatus for U.S. trip 'disappointing' - Guatemala chief

Lionel Messi's former Argentina teammate, Carlos Tevez has said that the player must do whatever makes him and his family happy when deciding on international retirement.
Former Argentina international Juan Sebastian Veron discusses how the national side needs to structure itself going forward, following their performance at the 2018 World Cup.

Guatemala Football Federation president Juan Carlos Rios is both surprised and disappointed that Lionel Messi will not be a part of the Argentina side his team will face in a friendly next month.

Argentina travel to the United States to take on Guatemala in Los Angeles on Sept. 7 before facing Colombia five days later in New Jersey.

Messi, who captained Argentina to the Round of 16 at this summer's World Cup in Russia, where they were eliminated by France, is expected to take a break from the national...