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Dutch legend to coach Saudi Arabia's football team

Former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard signs deal to take over national team in kingdom

Dutch legend to coach Saudi Arabia's football team
Frank Rijkaard. (Christof Koepsel/Bongarts/Getty Images)

The Saudi Arabian Football Federation said on Saturday that former Barcelona manager Frank Rijkaard had signed up to coach the kingdom's national team.

The contract was signed by Prince Nawaf Ibn Faisal Ibn Fahd Ibn Abdulaziz, president of Saudi Arabian Football Federation, with the former Dutch coach, state news agency SPA reported.

The Dutchman signed a three-year contract on Friday at the Saudi embassy in London and will take over from Ricardo Gomes, who was relieved of his post after violating the terms of his contract.

Rijkaard is set to start his job at the end of July, following the 2014 World Cup qualifying matches against Hong Kong in which he will work as an observer.

The former Netherlands coach guided Barcelona to two La Liga titles and a Champions League trophy before helping Galatasaray win the Turkish Cup.

During a trophy-laden playing career, the Dutch international midfielder played for Ajax in Holland and was later part of an AC Milan team that dominated European football.

He represented his national side 73 times, scoring 10 goals.

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football bear 8 years ago

A good choice of coach for the Saudis I think.
They are getting a great former footballer and a proven coach at Barca.
Good luck.

joseph 7 years ago

i will like to join a team in saudi, pls sir help me.