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Horncastle: Totti thriving at 40

Italian Serie A
By ESPN Staff

Basile offered Argentina post, say Boca Juniors

BUENOS AIRES, July 20 (Reuters) - Argentina have offered Alfio Basile a chance to coach their national team for a second time, the president of Basile's club Boca Juniors said Wednesday.

However, Boca said they have not yet decided whether to allow Basile, who led Argentina at the 1994 World Cup, to replace Jose Pekerman.

'There's a concrete offer for Basile to take over the national team,' Boca president Mauricio Macri told reporters.

'We've asked for some hours, for some days to reflect on what we're going to do,' he said.

'Basile will accept Boca's decision and will happily stay here if that is what the club decides.'

The gruff Basile coached Argentina from 1991 to 1994 when they won the Copa America twice and reached the second round at the 1994 World Cup before losing to Romania.

He also suffered a humiliating 5-0 home defeat by Colombia in a World Cup qualifier in 1993.

Basile has won two successive Argentine championships since joining Boca last year.

Earlier on Wednesday, Argentina Football Association president Julio Grondona told the sports daily Ole that Pekerman had confirmed his intention to step down.

Pekerman first announced his decision immediately after Argentina lost on penalties to Germany in their World Cup quarter-final.

Other candidates for the job include Diego Maradona, Daniel Passarella and Carlos Bilardo, who led Argentina to World Cup victory in 1986 and second place four years later.

Macri, who has already seen goalkeeper Roberto Abbondanzieri depart to join Spanish club Getafe, was frustrated at the possibility of losing a coach who has rebuilt Boca after an unhappy period.

'I've got a club with an orderly and competitive squad,' said Macri. 'First the goalkeeper decides to go to Europe and suddenly the coach receives this offer.

'I knew that the price for winning championships was that they buy your players but now it's the coach as well.'