Italian coach Roberto Mancini, who took the helm of the Saudi Arabian men’s soccer team, set a short-term goal of winning the Qatar Asian Cup in January next year.
Coach Mancini arrived in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia on the 29th and signed a contract with the Saudi Arabian Football Association. His contract is for 4 years until 2027. His annual salary has not been disclosed, but foreign media are predicting that it will reach up to 30 million euros (about 42.9 billion won).
Coach Mancini said in his inauguration day, “His first goal is to bring Saudi Arabia to the top of the Asian Cup after 27 years.” “Of course, there are strong teams in Asia, such as Korea, Japan and Australia, but I will try to win the Asian Cup,” he predicted fierce competition.토토사이트
The Korean national team, led by coach Jurgen Klinsmann, will face Saudi Arabia led by Mancini in Newcastle, England on the 13th of next month. Coach Klinsman also suggested winning the Asian Cup as a short-term goal, and a fierce match is expected as coach Mancini directly mentioned Korea.
Coach Mancini is a world-class manager who has achieved good results in both the European league and the national team. He took charge of his hometown club Inter Milan from the 2005-2006 season and led Serie A championships for three consecutive seasons, and won the league championship in the 2011-2012 season as Manchester City (England) coach. In 2020, he also led the 2020 European Football Championship (Euro) victory as coach of the Italian national team.
After stepping down as coach of the Italian national team on the 13th, he was appointed as the Saudi command tower in about two weeks, and he will be active on the Asian stage for the first time.