"Scorecard Shuffle: Roberto Mancini Takes the Helm for Saudi Arabia's National Team!" | Sportsmonks

“Scorecard Shuffle: Roberto Mancini Takes the Helm for Saudi Arabia’s National Team!”

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In a stunning twist, Roberto Mancini, fresh from his role with Italy, has been unveiled as the maestro behind Saudi Arabia’s men’s team. Just a fortnight after his Italian stint, Mancini embraces this prestigious opportunity with zeal.

Taking to X (formerly known as Twitter), Mancini voiced his honor, vowing to proudly infuse the globe with the essence of Italian culture. He’s ready to take on a thrilling venture that’s rooted in a shared vision to elevate the nation’s football scene and nurture upcoming talents.

In a video that went viral on X, the 58-year-old, donned in a distinctive green tie, is seen savoring a coffee. With conviction, Mancini declares, “I carved my name in Europe’s history. Now, I’m ready to etch a new chapter with Saudi.”

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Mancini’s record as Italy’s coach includes a triumphant win at the 2021 men’s European Championship. Yet, despite this feat, Italy faced setbacks under his guidance, missing out on the 2022 Qatar World Cup and currently trailing in the 2024 European Championship qualifiers.

A club-level maestro, Mancini orchestrated victories with Inter Milan and Manchester City, a title win with the latter in 2012 being especially thrilling. He’s also managed Zenit St. Petersburg in Russia.

Saudi Arabia, with its stunning upset against World Cup champs Argentina in 2022, is now the talk of the sports town. The Saudi Pro League is seeing an influx of global stars like Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and the Ballon d’Or holder Karim Benzema, marking the country’s fervent investment in sports.

Mark your calendars: Saudi Arabia gears up to face Costa Rica and South Korea in September, with both clashes set to unfold at the iconic St. James’ Park, home of Newcastle United. This stadium spotlight aligns perfectly with the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), the driving force behind Newcastle United, and helmed by crown prince Mohammed bin Salman. Stay tuned for more on this captivating journey .
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By- Sahiba Suri

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