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World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia fires coach Edgardo Bauza

Portugal vs Saudi Arabia - International Friendly

VISEU, PORTUGAL - NOVEMBER 10: Head coach Edgardo Bauza of Saudi Arabia looks on during the International Friendly match between Portugal and Saudi Arabia at Estadio do Fontelo on November 10, 2017 in Viseu, Portugal. (Photo by Octavio Passos/Getty Images)

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RIYADH, Saudi Arabia (AP) World Cup-bound Saudi Arabia has fired coach Edgardo Bauza nine days before the draw.

The Saudi Arabia Football Federation announced the Argentine coach’s exit after only five friendlies in charge. The team lost to Portugal and Bulgaria this month.

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Bauza has been fired twice this year by teams in the World Cup lineup. He lost the Argentina job in April, after eight months in charge, when the two-time World Cup champions risked missing out on qualification.

In September, Bauza was appointed by Saudi Arabia to replace Bert van Marwijk, who was fired despite leading the team to its first World Cup since 2006.

Saudi Arabia joins Australia without a coach for the World Cup draw in Moscow on Dec. 1.