• Juan Antonio Pizzi steps down as Saudi Arabia head coach
  • Inexperienced Falcons knocked out of AFC Asian Cup Spherical of 16
  • Pizzi led Saudi Arabia at 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia

Juan Antonio Pizzi has introduced his resignation from Saudi Arabia following the nation’s exit from the 2019 AFC Asian Cup.

Pizzi, who led the Inexperienced Falcons on the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia™, expressed his determination to step down after Saudi Arabia suffered a Spherical-of-16 defeat in opposition to Japan on Monday.

“I’m completely satisfied and grateful for my gamers, they did what I requested them to do. In fact, we did some errors however we are going to be taught from them,” he mentioned after the sport.

“My job with the nationwide group is completed, no person talked with me about renewing my contract. I nonetheless don’t know something about my subsequent problem.”

Born in Argentina, Pizzi represented Spain at worldwide stage and was a part of La Roja’s France 1998 squad.

After successful the Copa America Centenario with Chile in 2016, Pizzi took cost of Saudi Arabia in 2017 and led his aspect to a victory over Mohamed Salah’s Egypt at Russia 2018.

The Inexperienced Falcons completed second in Group E on the Asian Cup earlier than bowing out to Japan within the knockout stage; Takehiro Tomiyasu netting the one aim of their encounter.

“We should not overlook that we performed in opposition to among the best groups in Asia, with most of their gamers taking part within the European leagues,” Pizzi mentioned.

“We selected the most effective gamers who deserved to characterize the group. I’m glad with how they carried out in the course of the match and what they earnestly sought to use within the video games by way of technical plans and methods.”

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