Fashionable Lucescu pays final value months after delivering historic treble at Al Hilal
In the long run, not even successful a historic treble may save Razvan Lucescu’s job.
On Sunday night, Saudi champions Al Hilal introduced that the membership had signed a “termination settlement” with the Romanian coach after a poor run of outcomes, culminating with Sunday’s 1-0 defeat at Damac, had seen the Saudi champions slip to 3rd within the desk, 5 factors behind leaders Al Shabab.
Rogerio Micale, Al Hilal’s under-19s coach and the person who led Brazil to the 2016 Olympic gold, took over coaching duties instantly.
The membership’s board of administrators, headed by Fahd bin Nafel, mentioned they “expressed their gratitude and appreciation to Razvan and his assistants for his or her efforts throughout their profession on the membership, wishing them success,” a press release mentioned.
It’s an ignominious finish for Lucescu, who had joined the Riyadh giants in June of 2019 after leaving Greek membership PAOK. The trophies quickly adopted.
— AlHilal Saudi Membership (@Alhilal_EN) February 14, 2021
Inside 5 months of becoming a member of Al Hilal he had led the membership to a primary AFC Champions League title in 19 years, beating Urawa Purple Diamonds of Japan 3-0 on mixture.
The 2019-20 season would show a traditionally attempting marketing campaign for everybody concerned in soccer however for Al Hilal it could additionally show historic in different methods too.
Gamers and coach had promised followers that they’d ship home trophies to go alongside the continental title, and regardless of the large disruptions attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic, they saved their phrase.
The Saudi Skilled League (SPL), like all international sporting competitions, was halted in March 2020, however when the motion returned in August, Al Hilal romped to a report sixteenth championship.
At first understandably rusty, Lucescu’s crew, led by the likes of French prime scorer, Bafétimbi, Italian playmaker Sebastian Giovinco, the Peruvian Andre Carrillo, in addition to Saudi Internationals Mohammed Al Breik, Salem Al Dawsari, and Yasser Al Shahrani, finally proved that they had no friends within the home recreation.
The 2019-20 King’s Cup remaining, initially scheduled for Could, was ultimately contested on November 28, properly into the next season. Targets by Jang-Hyun-soo and Gomis noticed Al Hilal beat Al Nassr – who had additionally completed second in SPL – 2-1 at King Fahd Worldwide Stadium in Riyadh to finish a historic treble of league, cup and Champions League. It was additionally their ninth win within the competitors.
After a high quality begin to the 2020-21 season that noticed Al Hilal prime the SPL desk, issues began to go fallacious for Lucescu within the new yr.
In January, a sequence of damaging attracts within the league have been compounded by a loss to Al Nassr within the Supercup. On February 4, the writing was on the wall for Lucescu after a 3-2 dwelling loss in opposition to mid-table Abha, and regardless of a 5-0 win at Al Ain 5 days later, final evening’s loss to relegation-threatened Damac proved the ultimate straw.
There isn’t a query that Lucescu’s spell at Al Hilal has, on the entire, been an enormous success and he remained a preferred determine among the many absent supporters. Delivering success throughout probably the most turbulent of occasions is not going to rapidly be forgotten.
Now all eyes flip to Micale, whose greatest achievement thus far has been main Brazil’s U23, together with Neymar, to a penalty-shootout win over Germany within the gold medal match. It was a extensively celebrated triumph after the identical opponent had humiliated them 7-1 on dwelling soil within the 2014 World Cup semi-final.
He could have huge sneakers to fill at a membership that calls for excellence, beginning with the house match in opposition to Al Ettifaq at Riyadh’s King Saud College Stadium on Thursday.