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FACTBOX - Argentina coach Sergio Batista

REUTERS - Factbox on Sergio Batista who was appointed Argentina coach on Tuesday for the World Cup cycle to the 2014 finals in Brazil.

Argentina's Under-20 coach Sergio Batista looks on before his team's Latin American Integration Under-20 tournament soccer match against Uruguay in Asuncion July 27, 2010. REUTERS/Fernando Alfonso/Files

* Born: Nov. 9, 1962 in Buenos Aires.

* Playing career:

A bearded defensive midfielder, nicknamed Checho, he spent his best years in the 1980s at Argentinos Juniors, the modest Buenos Aires club that launched the careers of many other Argentina internationals including Diego Maradona, Fernando Redondo, Esteban Cambiasso and Juan Roman Riquelme.

Won Argentine league titles with Argentinos in 1984 and 1985, and the South American Libertadores Cup in 1985. They lost the Intercontinental Cup final on penalties to Michel Platini’s Juventus after a 2-2 draw.

Was part of the Argentine side captained by Maradona that won the 1986 World Cup in Mexico. He won 39 caps and was also a member of the squad that reached the 1990 final in Rome.

* Personal life:

Helped River Plate win a league title in 1990 but dabbled with cocaine in his later career and spent most of his spell at short-lived Japanese side Tosu Futures in the mid-1990s fighting to overcome his habit. He said the death of his father was a factor in his descent into drugs.

* Coaching career:

Started out with Argentine second division outfit All Boys in 1999 where he had ended his playing days. Also took charge of Uruguayan side Bella Vista and went on to Argentinos Juniors and several other second division sides in Argentina.

In 2007, he became coach of the Argentina under-20 and under-23 sides, steering the latter to the Olympic gold medal in Beijing in 2008.

Was in line for the senior job when Alfio Basile quit unexpectedly in late 2008 but the job went to Maradona.

Became interim coach in July after Maradona was refused a new contract following the 2010 World Cup in South Africa where Argentina went out to Germany in the quarter-finals.

Officially appointed Argentina coach in succession to Maradona on Nov. 2.