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Abu Dhabi, UAETuesday 11 December 2018

Saudi Arabia name Juan Antonio Pizzi as Edgardo Bauza's successor

Juan Antonio Pizzi was named Saudi Arabia manager on Tuesday.

Former Spain international Pizzi replaced Argentine Edgardo Bauza, who was dismissed by Saudi Arabia last week just two months after he was appointed to lead the team following their qualification to next year's World Cup in Russia.

Bauza, who had spent just four months as the UAE manager before being hired by the Saudis, was unable to lead the UAE to the 2018 World Cup finals in Russia.

Pizzi himself was involved in a failed World Cup qualification campaign as Chile finished sixth in their South American group.

The 49-year-old manager, who once played for Spanish clubs such as Barcelona and Valencia, has also coached the latter side in a career spanning 12 years.

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