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Leonardo Jardim appointed Al Hilal manager

The Saudi Arabian outfit announced the appointment of Portuguese coach Leonardo Jardim effective as from the start of next season.

Leonardo Jardim appointed Al Hilal manager
CHRISTOF STACHE AFP

Saudi Pro League club Al Hilal announced Leonardo Jardim as their new head coach starting from next season on a year-long deal that can be extended for a further season. The club has released an official statement declaring that their officials headed by Fahed Bin Nafel have reached an agreement with Jardim. The club's official website confirmed that investor and club member Al Waleed bin Talal financed the operation.

Leonardo Jardim experience

Jardim started his career as an assistant coach with several Portuguese clubs before taking charge of Ad Camacha in 2003. He then got under the spotlight after leading Beira-Mara to the top flight in Portugal, where he also coached Sporting Braga.

In 2012 he moved to Greece when he signed for Olympiacos where he claimed the Greek League and Cup titles before returning to Portugal where he took the helm at Sporting Lisbon.

Jardim moved to France in 2014 having led AS Monaco to their first league title in 17 years and steered them into the Champions League semi-finals.

Al Hilal hope the 46-year-old can lead them to a new AFC Champions League title that they last won in 2019, with the Saudi outfit set for a round of 16 clash against Iran's Esteghlal.