A few hours later, the Arab version of the World Cup finals will start, which Qatar will host as the first country in the Middle East to host the tournament, in which two Gulf teams will participate: Qatar’s Annabi (the host country) and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Akhdar (the most participating in the World Cup).
During these lines, we monitor for you the career of French coach Hervé Renard, Saudi Arabia’s coach, who carries on his shoulders the dreams of the people of the Kingdom to appear better in the finals.
Renard’s appearance in the World Cup in Qatar will not be the first, as he took over the training of Morocco in Russia four years ago, and the 54-year-old Frenchman will lead the Saudi national team to play the difficult Group C matches alongside Argentina, the candidate to compete for the title led by Lionel Messi, Poland and Mexico.
Renard played his career as a player in France with unknown clubs until 1998, and shortly after his retirement he worked as an assistant to his veteran compatriot Claude Le Roy in France, China and England, and then began his steps on his own in the African continent following the example of his teacher Le Roy and led Zambia to the 2012 African Cup of Nations title surprisingly.
But the exit from the group stage in the 2013 tournament cost him the termination of his contract, and after that he began a new step with the Ivory Coast and won the continental title again in 2015, becoming the first coach to win this African title with two different teams.
Renard returned to France to train Lille, but he was dismissed quickly, as happened before with Sochaux, but he took over the Moroccan national team in 2016 and led them to the World Cup in Russia and left the tournament from the group stage after playing in a difficult group that included the two giants, Spain and Portugal, along with Iran.
After this impressive success in Africa, Renard decided to transfer his triumphant career to the continent of Asia by coaching Saudi Arabia in July 2019 with a two-and-a-half-year contract, and in an event that does not happen often, Renard continued with Saudi Arabia for more than three years after he led the team to qualify for the World Cup, leading his group and achieving the highest score of points in the history of the team’s participation in the final qualifiers, with 23 points.
Since his appointment, the Saudi national team has risen from 70th place to 51st in the International Federation classification, and after this success, the Saudi Federation announced the extension of Renard’s contract until 2027, so that his career with Al-Akhdar will continue for about eight years, if he continues until the end of his new contract.
And if Renard continues in his position, he will lead Saudi Arabia during the 2023 Asian Cup and will have the opportunity to appear in the 2026 World Cup and the 2027 Asian Cup.