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Former Argentina striker Juan Antonio Pizzi is the new coach of Chile

Pizzi, who had played for Barcelona and Valencia, will take up the job next week.

Pizzi has been hired until the 2018 World Cup.

Juan Antonio Pizzi was named Chile coach on Friday after fellow Argentine Jorge Sampaoli resigned. The Chilean soccer body ANFP announced they hired Pizzi until the 2018 World Cup, Xinhua news agency reported.

"We are very satisfied with the arrival of Juan Antonio Pizzi. He is a professional who inspires great confidence. He has a proven career record," said ANFP president Arturo Salah in the statement.

The ANFP added that he "is the right person to safeguard and continue the work of the Chile national team and to maintain its competitiveness of recent years."

Pizzi, who had played for Barcelona and Valencia, will take up the job next week.

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