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Jadue takes over as Chilean federation president

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SANTIAGO, Chile (AP) -- Sergio Jadue has taken over as president of the Chilean football association and says he will "make every effort necessary'' to retain popular national team coach Marcelo Bielsa.

Jadue took office Friday and was immediately confronted by questions over the future of Bielsa, who said he would quit after Spanish businessman Jorge Segovia was elected as president in November.

Jadue says he planned to call Bielsa after the friendly against the United States on Jan. 22 in Los Angeles

Segovia's victory was later annulled, filling most Chileans with hope that the Argentina-born Bielsa would decide to stay.

Bielsa led Chile to the 2010 World Cup in South Africa, the country's first appearance since 1998.