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Javier Saviola, starting out again at modest club in Andorra

The former Barcelona, Sevilla and Madrid player left River Plate in January and is now earning a living as assistant coach at modest Andorra-based side, Ordino.
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Javier Saviola, starting out again at modest club in Andorra
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New life, new challenge

Well-travelled former player Javier Saviola has set himself and family up in Andorra where he is to begin a new stage in his career as auxiliary coach at FC Ordino, one of the more modest clubs in the Andorran league.

The 34-year-old Argentinean was put in contact with Ordino president through mutual friends and yesterday, sat in the dug-out for the first time as Ordino opened their league campaign losing 1-0 away at Lusitans.

Working with Ordino's youth team programme

Saviola's chief duties will be focused on working with the lower categories and build up experience in the formation of youth players.

It's not the first time he has been in Andorra, in 2002 he was the star guest at the Nike summer Campus and two years after that, he endorsed a charity match to raise funds for the 'Special Olympics'.

In January this year Saviola bid River Plate farewell, leaving behind him a long and highly-accomplished playing career during which he played for Barcelona, Sevilla, Real Madrid, Benfica and Monaco amongst others. With Argentina, he won the Under-20 World Cup IN 2001, ending as the tournament's top scorer in 2001 which prompted his move to Europe when he signed for Barça.

He also enjoyed stints at Málaga, Olympiacos and Hellas Verona, annd was capped 44 times at full international level with Argentina.