Well-liked Lucescu pays final worth months after delivering historic treble at Al Hilal
In the long run, not even profitable 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,” an announcement 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 Pink Diamonds of Japan 3-0 on mixture.
The 2019-20 season would show a traditionally making an attempt marketing campaign for everybody concerned in soccer however for Al Hilal it might 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 massive disruptions attributable to the Covid-19 pandemic, they stored 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, in the end proved that they had no friends within the home recreation.
The 2019-20 King’s Cup ultimate, initially scheduled for Might, was finally contested on November 28, effectively 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 tremendous begin to the 2020-21 season that noticed Al Hilal prime the SPL desk, issues began to go improper for Lucescu within the new 12 months.
In January, a collection of damaging attracts within the league had 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 house loss in opposition to mid-table Abha, and regardless of a 5-0 win at Al Ain 5 days later, final night time’s loss to relegation-threatened Damac proved the ultimate straw.
There isn’t any query that Lucescu’s spell at Al Hilal has, on the entire, been a large success and he remained a well-liked determine among the many absent supporters. Delivering success throughout essentially the most turbulent of instances won’t shortly be forgotten.
Now all eyes flip to Micale, whose greatest achievement up to now 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 house soil within the 2014 World Cup semi-final.
He can have large 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.