Revered Portuguese football coach Jose Mourinho has revealed that he felt and witnessed Saudi Arabia’s passion for the sport ever since his first visit to the nation a few months ago. Based on the government’s strong interest in developing the sport in the nation alongside the Saudi population’s passion, Mourinho believes that the ingredients for success are present within the Saudi environment.
During his statement at the opening ceremony of the Mahd Academy, Mourinho added that he was “happy to see Saudi people thinking of their nation’s future ahead of their own”, before continuing that “with the presence of talent, pride and a motivation to win trophies, I believe that this academy will provide the children with an ideal environment that leads them to future success.”
The coach also sent a message to physical education teachers at the academy, claiming: “I was one of you in the beginning. We as PE teachers have to understand that we have an important role to play in the child’s future. However, even with the variety of sports that we teach, it is natural for us to be inclined to a certain sport. I used to teach a number of sports but found myself in the footballing industry a few years later. My advice to you is to be open and flexible in your approach to sports but also to be aware of talents who are best suited to your sport. In that way, you can best help your nation’s sport and succeed.”
FIFA President Gianni Infantino said: “This academy can definitely change the game in the country and in the region. “There is no excuse, the next step is to win the World Cup! We count on Saudi Arabia. “
Meanwhile Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, Saudi minister of sport, hopes to develop a British academy.
Indeed, Saudi Arabia is witnessing a golden era at the current time, as it builds towards Vision 2030 via a sporting project that aims to get the nation competing on international levels in the future. With the attraction of tourists one of their main goals in the next decade, the development of the sporting industry can play an important role in attracting sports fans around the world.
Finally Mourinho who is among the 4 coaches in the history of football who have won the UEFA Champions League with two different (Porto, Inter) teams: the other three are the Austrian, Ernst Happel (Feyenoord 1970, Hamburg 1983), the German, Otmar Hitzfeld (Borussia Dortmund 1997, Bayern Munich 2001) and also the German, Jupp Heynckes (Real Madrid 1998, Bayern Munich 2013), aim to strengthen Tottenham so that the new season will be stronger and ready to play stronger. leading to the Champions League groups.