lunedì 22 agosto 2011
Now that the Frank Vercauteren saga came to an end, with the Belgian officially unveiled as the Al Jazira's new coach, we can recapitulate the Al Jazira's searching for a coach. From the May 20, when Abel Braga announced his step down to come back in Brazil after a three season stint in the UAE, Al Jazira was linked with a lot of names. In June, Argentinian Alejandro Sabella was confirmed as Jazira's new coach. His tenure was brief: he returned to Argentina to lead the National Team after Argentina was eliminated by Uruguay. After Venezuelan coach Cesar Farias rejected the job, Al Jazira finally appointed Vercauteren, his assistant Hugo Broos and goalkeepers coach, David Coles, to lead the team. The 54-year-old coach, that said to be here not for money, will have the opportunity to lead the Sheikh Hamdan bin Zayed's side. A risky task because Vercauteren's predecessor, Abel Braga, won trophies last season. The signing of Vercauteren could bring on more foreign talent, other that Australia captain Lucas Neill, to face Asian Champions League challenge. Vercauteren already watched Al Jazira to draw 3-3 in the opening match of Friendly Football Tournament.