Roberto Mancini (Italy), who has won the European Championship (Euro), has been appointed as the head coach of the Saudi Arabian national team.
The Saudi Arabian Football Association officially announced on the 28th (Korea Standard Time) that Mancini was appointed as the coach. The contract will be four years until 2027, and the terms of the contract have not been revealed, but local media report that Mancini will receive an astronomical annual salary of 30 million euros (about 43 billion won.
Mancini is a competent director whose career has been recognized in Europe. After retiring from active duty in 2001, he went through Fiorentina and Lazio (above Italy) and took the helm of Italy’s prestigious Serie A Inter Milan since 2004.
In Inter Milan, Mancini won three consecutive Serie A titles and two Copa Italy titles. In 2009, he joined Manchester City in the English Premier League (EPL) and won the 2011-12 season. Manchester City has established itself as an EPL powerhouse with coach Mancini, starting with winning the 2011-12 season.
He also led Italy to victory in Euro 2020, giving Italy its second trophy since the 1968 tournament.
Throughout my career as a player and manager, the Asian stage is my first challenge. Coach Mancini said, “At a time when Asian football is becoming more and more popular, I accepted it because I thought it was a good opportunity to experience football in a new country.” “He expressed his opinion.
Saudi Arabia, where Mancini has been appointed, should keep an eye on Korea as well. Korea is scheduled to face Saudi Arabia on September 13 at St James’ Park in Newcastle, England.
‘Mancini’ Saudi Arabia will face South Korea in their second match after having their first game against Costa Rica on the 9th.
Coach Mancini and coach Jurgen Klinsmann are the same age, born in 1964, and have been strikers representing Italy and Germany, respectively, since their active days. Now, side by side, they are expected to hold the baton of the Asian team and engage in a resourceful showdown.
In addition, there is a possibility that Korea and Saudi Arabia, the favorites for the championship, will clash in the Qatar Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Cup tournament, which will be held in January next year.