01/03/2024

Saudi Arabia have unveiled their new women's national team manager. (Photo: X- @saff_wfd)

Former FC Barcelona Femeni manager Lluís Cortés has been unveiled as the new women’s team manager of Saudi Arabia.

Named the UEFA’s Women’s Coach of the Year in 2020-21, Cortés led Barcelona to two top-flight title wins and helped guide the club to winning the 2020-21 Women’s Champions League.

Most recently, he held the top job of Ukraine’s women’s team before stepping down from the position. He will now take over to coach the Saudi Arabia women’s national team, succeeding former Finland international Rosa Lappi-Seppala.

“The Saudi Football Federation is pleased to announce the appointment of Spanish coach Luis Cortes as coach of the women’s national team,” the national team posted on social media.

“This comes as part of the Federation’s efforts to develop women’s football.”

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This was followed by a statement from Yasser Al Misehal, the President of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF).

“Lluis was the outstanding candidate to lead our women’s national team in this exciting new era and we are thrilled to have finalized this important appointment,” he said.

“We believe Lluís’s coaching capabilities, knowledge of the game, and extensive experience will play a huge role as we look to maintain our sustained and steady progress in the years ahead.”

“He is a deep thinker and is looking to develop the long-term strategy, so I have no doubt he will make an important impact upon Saudi women’s football on and off the pitch.”

It is understood that Saudi Arabia is bidding for the 2026 Women’s Asian Cup as they look to earn qualification for the 2027 Women’s World Cup.

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