After Being Fired By Roma, Mourinho Arrives To Reshape Saudi Soccer

Mourinho gave the green light for the negotiations and now we are just waiting for the permission of the Financial Commission of the Saudi Ministry of Sports to realize the deal

by Sededin Dedovic
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After Being Fired By Roma, Mourinho Arrives To Reshape Saudi Soccer
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Just like that, the most interesting soccer coach today, Jose Mourinho, will soon have a new job. Dropped by AS Roma after failing to live up to expectations, the "Special One" is on the cusp of yet another adventure, this time in the sun-drenched sands of Saudi Arabia.

Al Shabab, a club based in Riyadh, are interested in the Portuguese specialist and are ready to shell out a real fortune for him. While Roma's sacking sent shockwaves through the soccer world, Saudi Arabia had been the talk of the town before, with whispers of a lucrative offer Mourinho had previously scoffed at, stating his desire to stay in Rome.

Fate, however, had other plans. With his Roman chapter abruptly closed, the ever restless Mourinho, true to his name, is wasting no time grieving. He gave Al Shabab the green light, ready for a new adventure in the increasingly popular and high-quality Saudi league.

But what is it about Al Shabab that attracts one of the most successful trainers? Although they are not one of the traditional powerhouses of the Saudi Pro League, they have ambitions to reach the very top, and the opinion of the club's management is that they will succeed with Murinja.

Their current position in the league - 11th place with a poor record - is not what the club has ambitions for. They crave success and Mourinho, with his tactical prowess, could be the missing piece. His eventual arrival marks a major change for Al Shabab.

Although not the richest and most famous club, they have been thrust into the limelight, carrying the weight of Mourinho's name. However, the question remains, can Mourinho adapt his winning formulas to a new league and a culturally different environment? In this league, much slower and different soccer is played than in Europe, but Special One has already convinced us that he can adapt to any conditions.

The Saudi league is getting stronger and stronger, and everything started with the arrival of Cristiano Ronaldo to Al Nasr. After that, an avalanche of big names from Europe started moving to the Saudi league. Mourinho will certainly contribute to the popularity, and now we are just waiting for the permission of the Financial Commission of the Ministry of Sports there to implement the work.

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