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Argentina may not put men’s team in Olympics; Martino steps down

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HOUSTON, TX - SEPTEMBER 04: Argentina coach Gerardo Martino waits near the bench area during their International friendly match against Bolivia at BBVA Compass Stadium on September 4, 2015 in Houston, Texas. (Photo by Scott Halleran/Getty Images)

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Argentina’s football federation is an absolute mess, and it could affect the Summer Olympics.

According to a report, the side only has nine members for the men’s soccer tournament, which begins in under a month.

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Argentina won Gold at the 2004 and 2008 Games, with Lionel Messi picking up his lone national team honors.

From the Associated Press:

Gerardo Werthein, president of the Argentine Olympic committee, said he was hopeful a team could be assembled, despite some clubs balking at releasing players.

“I have started talking with the football leadership, some club presidents,” Werthein said. “The clubs and the people who lead them are more responsible (than AFA). We have worked hand-in-hand ... for Argentina to have a team.”

Argentina is to open against Portugal on Aug. 4 in the men’s football tournament.

Additionally, Tata Martino has stepped down from the full national team after two-straight Copa America final losses.

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