The Argentinian Marcelo Gallardo, former coach of River Plate, will lead the Al-Ittihad club with a contract of year and a half durationthe Saudi club announced this Saturday.
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He Al Ittihad announces "the signing of a new coaching staff, led by the Argentine Marcelo Gallardo, to coach the first soccer team with a contract that extends for a year and a half"indicated the club from the city of Jeddah on the social network several images of the Gallardo 'Doll'in one of them accompanied by a drawing of a tiger.
He 47-year-old coach will succeed Portuguese Nuno Espirito Santoceased on November 8 due to the bad results of the team this season.
-| New era, higher goals with Mr. Gallardo at the helm - pic.twitter.com/oxkjQ6oqJv
— Ittihad Club (@ittihad_en) November 18, 2023
Gallant He will have at his command in his new adventure, among others, the Frenchman Karim Benzema, Ballon d'Or in 2022and one of its first challenges will be Club World Cupwhich will be played in Saudi Arabia (December 12-22), in which his new team, reigning champion of the Saudi championshipwill play the preliminary round against Auckland City New Zealand.
He Also French N'Golo Kanté or Brazilian Fabinho are other stars you will find in his new team, currently fifth in the Saudi championship.
Gallant, former River midfielder in his native Buenos Airesalso played in the Monaco and Paris Saint-Germain in the French championship.
Gallardo too He played for DC United of Major League Soccer (2008-2009) and in the Uruguayan National (2010-2011).
Already As a coach he led Nacional de Montevideo to the title in the Uruguayan championship in 2012to return to the bench River in June 2014won with the 'millionaire' team two Copa Libertadores (2015, 2018) among other titlesbefore leaving office at the conclusion of his contract at the end of last year.
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