BUENOS AIRES - Former Argentina coach Alfio Basile will take charge of Boca Juniors next season after agreeing terms with the club he steered to two successive league titles in the 2005/06 season, local media reported on Tuesday. The agreement, confirmed in the media after Basile's agent met with Boca manager Carlos Bianchi, ended days of negotiations between the parties following the dismissal by Boca of coach Carlos Ischia. Boca made no official announcement and on their website said the club was "living through decisive hours" with regard to appointing a new coach. Basile, who joined Boca in mid-2005 left prematurely a year later to take charge of Argentina for the second time after the national side had reached the quarter-finals of the 2006 World Cup in Germany under Jose Pekerman. However, having steered Argentina to the Copa America final against Brazil in Venezuela in 2007, Basile quit the team last November after disappointing results in World Cup qualifiers during 2008. He was replaced by Diego Maradona. Media reported that Basile would sign a one-year contract with Boca on Wednesday worth $650,000 plus bonuses and be officially unveiled as the team's coach on Thursday. Boca, who won the Apertura championship under Ischia in December, have lost their way this year. They are 17th in the Clausura championship 19 points off the pace with one game left. Basile, 65, also led Boca to victory in the Copa Sudamericana, equivalent to Europe's UEFA Cup, in 2005. In his first spell as Argentina coach, Basile won the Copa America in 1991 and 1993 but quit after the 1994 World Cup in the U.S. where Maradona was thrown out of the tournament for doping and the team were eliminated in the second round.
24 June 2009
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