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By ESPN Staff

Calderon named Saudi Arabia coach

RIYADH, Nov 24 (Reuters) - Saudi Arabia have named former Argentina international Gabriel Calderon as national coach on Wednesday, the official Saudi Press Agency said.

Calderon, who has worked in Europe and Argentina, signed a contract with the Saudi federation in the Red Sea port city of Jeddah, the agency said without giving details of the agreement.

Calderon replaces Dutchman Gerard van der Lem who was sacked after Saudi Arabia were eliminated in the Asian Cup first round this year despite having reached the previous five finals.

Van der Lem was the 13th manager to be sacked in the last 10 years by the Saudis, who are ranked fourth in Asia.

They will play in the Gulf Cup in December and in next year's final round of qualifiers for the 2006 World Cup in Germany.