Messi and other Argentina players ‘stage coup’ against Jorge Sampaoli

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Argentina’s coach, Jorge Sampaoli has sensationally fallen out with the rest of the squad and is now “no longer making decisions”, according to reports in Argentina.

The South American side are in disarray after a humiliating 3-0 defeat to Croatia left them on the brink of an early exit.

TYC Sports claim the players have staged a coup against the gaffer to save their World Cup dream.

With one point in two games – coming against minnows Iceland – they must beat Nigeria in the final match on Tuesday.

But Sampaoli may not have a say in the team selection and there remains a chance that he won’t even be in charge.

TYC Sports also claim president of the Argentina Football Association Claudio Tapia has told Sampaoli that he no longer has control over the players.

Meanwhile every four years, around the time the World Cup kicks off, attendance at Harrison High School takes a dive.

“Tremendous absenteeism,” said Mike Dolaghan, a town councilman, maintenance supervisor for the Harrison school district and soccer aficionado. “I know from past World Cups.”

Next come the country flags – propped up in windows, fluttering from car windows, draped across shoulders. The streets empty once a game begins.

“This town shuts down,” said Kevin Manjarrez, president of the Harrison Futbol Club, a youth soccer organization. “You don’t see nobody here. Everyone’s home watching the games.”

In neighboring Kearny, where a street sign once welcomed visitors to “Soccer Town, U.S.A.,” the main drag, Kearny Avenue, comes alive after games – particularly when Peru or Colombia wins.

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