Mohamed Yousry Morshed
Friday 2 September 2022
Al-Ahly changed its position on the criteria it set for choosing the new coach to move away from the promising names and turn to coaches with a balance of championships in order to take over his training tasks.
Al-Ahly ended the experience of Portuguese Ricardo Suarez, the shortest in his history, after a series of unsatisfactory results, amid harsh conditions faced by the coach, who lost the cup and finished the league in third place with a group of youngsters and returning from injury.
Many names were associated with Al-Ahly, including Ranana – as usual – and she has a long history in Europe, led by German Marco Rose and Argentine Marcelo Bielsa, to stand the financial obstacle in front of the Red Club’s ambition to conclude a contract with a coach before the beginning of the current season.
In the midst of the money barrier and the ceiling set by Al-Ahly Club, which does not reach European clubs, and the desire of the Red Club to contract with a coach whose CV contains championships and has not trained in the Middle East, 3 names appear in the coaches market available during this period between young and veteran names from their roof schools The materialist may converge with Al-Ahly, and they are:
1- Inter icon
Dejan Stankovic, the suspended Serbian international, one of the Italian Inter Milan stars and captain of the Serbia national team, who enjoys a long record of tournaments and a great reputation as a football player, in addition to a strong start as a coach he achieved with the mother club Red Star Belgrade in his first training station.
Stankovic, who is 43 years old, is one of the ideal options if Al-Ahly raises the standard of a coach who is looking for nothing but championships and has the personality that fits with the club’s philosophy and what he is looking for.
The Inter midfielder Stankovic has excellent management experience working as Inter’s sporting director and then assistant to the UEFA President, as well as experience in the youth sectors working at Inter on the development of young players in his position.
Stankovic’s start to training was really impressive. After trying to assist Andrea Stramaccioni in coaching Udinese in 2014, immediately after his retirement, he has coached Red Star Belgrade since the 2019-20 season and managed to win the league three times in a row and the Serbian Cup twice in a row.
And the 2020-21 season was the best for Stankovic, as Red Star Belgrade did not lose throughout the entire league season, winning 35 out of 38 matches, scoring 114 goals, breaking the record and leading the team in the 2020-2021 European League and faced Milan in the round of 32 and tied 3- 3 in the total of the two matches, but he was eliminated from the tournament by a 2-2 draw in Serbia.
Stankovic left the Red Star coach last week, after playing 130 matches, winning 103, drawing 17, losing 10, scoring 336 goals, before 86, and he is without a club at the moment.
2- Marco Nikolic
We are still in Serbia with another name, roughly the same age, who has a distinguished resume in the training field, coach Marko Nikolic, who is 43 years old, but unlike his compatriot, he did not have an impressive record as a player.
Nikolic began his coaching career in the youth of Rad before stepping up to work in the first team apparatus in 2008 to work as an assistant to Mihajlo Ivanovic and then Aleksandar Djanjic. The club was relegated that season.
Nikoltic took the lead after that, as he coached Vojvodina, Serbian Partizan, Slovenian Olympiaja Ljubljana, Hungarian Vervar and Lokomotiv Moscow. During his career, he was crowned with 6 championships, the Serbian League, the Hungarian League and the Slovenian League, in addition to the Hungarian Cup, Serbia and Russia.
3- Professor “Reinaldo Rueda”
And to South America, specifically Colombia, with one of the brightest coaches from outside Argentina and Brazil, veteran Rinaldo Rueda, who is 65 years old and has an excellent biography at the level of clubs and teams.
Reinaldo Rueda is a university professor specialized in physical fitness and obtained his doctorate and taught many courses at the Colombian National Coaches School. In addition, he is an expert in all sectors of football, where he worked in the Colombian teams under 17, under 20, under 21 and under 23, Colombia and Honduras Ecuador, Chile, Cortolo, Deportivo Cali, Independiente Medellin, Atlético Nacional of Colombia and Flamengo of Brazil.
Rueda’s real start was with the Honduran national team, where he led it to qualify for the 2010 World Cup, ending 28 years of failure to qualify, to obtain the country’s citizenship in honor of him, and then led Ecuador to qualify for the 2014 World Cup after taking over his training after finishing last in his group in Copa America. .
In the 2015-2016 season, Rueda’s most important achievement after training for Atletico Nacional, crowned him with the Libertadores Cup, the Colombian League and the Copa del Rey, and then the Sudamericana Cup, after which he went on a trip to the Brazilian Flamengo, Chile and Colombia, in a march that saw him crowned with 6 championships and qualify for the World Cup twice with two different teams.
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