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Oscar Tabarez signs new four-year deal as Uruguay manager

Oscar Tabarez has signed a new four-year deal as Uruguay coach that will extend his record as the world's most experienced national manager, the Uruguayan Football Association (AUF) said on Friday.

After a short stint in charge between 1988 and 1990, the Uruguayan took over again in 2006 and has led the South American nation ever since, becoming the only manager to lead their nation to four World Cups.

"It will be Tabarez's fifth period in charge of the Uruguayan national team," the AUF said in a statement. "Tabarez has coached the team in 185 matches, which means he holds the record of coaching the most matches with the same national team."

Tabarez, who is now 71 and has difficulty walking, is a hugely respected figure in Uruguay, known as "The Maestro" after he took Uruguay to the semifinals of the 2010 World Cup and won the 2011 Copa America.

They were knocked out the 2018 World Cup in July by eventual winners France at the quarterfinal stage.

His next games will be friendlies against South Korea on Oct. 12 and Japan on Oct. 16.

Interim coach Fabian Coito led Uruguay to a 4-1 win over Mexico earlier this month while contract negotiations with Tabarez took place.

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