Saudi Arabia

Former Chile boss Juan Antonio Pizzi appointed as new Saudi Arabia head coach

Juan Antonio Pizzi will take charge of Saudi Arabia at FIFA World Cup, as announced by the country’s football federation in a statement on Tuesday.

Pizzi becomes the third man to sit in the Green Falcons hot seat since September after Dutch tactician Bert van Marwijk, who secured Saudi’s qualification for their first World Cup finals since 2006, left the post to Argentine Edgardo Bauza.

Pizzi guided Chile to the 2016 Copa America title but resigned after failing to steer the team to qualify for the next year’s World Cup.

Saudi Arabia qualified in second from Asia’s Group B thanks to victory over leaders Japan on the final day of the qualification campaign.

Pizzi will discover his side’s opponents in Russia at the final draw on 1 December in Moscow.