Friday, June 1, 2012

Al Sadd appoint Amouta

Amouta .. A Man Of Achievements
After weeks of speculation, Asian Champions Al Sadd has announced the appointment of Moroccan Houssine Amouta as their new coach on Thursday.

The coaching seat at Al Sadd has been empty for a couple weeks, and a number of big names have been linked with the club before yesterday’s announcement including Italy’s Claudio Ranieri and Portugal’s Jose Manuel.

Amouta joined the club in the summer of last year as a technical director after proving himself as one of the best Moroccan coaches in the past few years with big achievements in his homeland with clubs like Ittihad Khemisset and FUS de Rabat.

His decision to join “the wolves” was not surprising. The 42-year-old was one of the best foreign players in the history of the Doha-based club. One of his most memorable moments with the team came in 2000 when he helped them in acheiving the double. That league title was Al Sadd's first in 11 years, and came after a great battle with Al Rayyan. They later won the Emir Cup also after a 2-0 over Al Rayyan in the final.

Amouta won the Emir Cup title again with the team the following season after a penalty shootout victory over Qatar SC.

Amouta also played for Qatar SC, leading them to the Heir Apparent Cup title in 2002.

Picture from Moroccan  Newspaper Al Mountakhab

Other clubs he represented include FUS de Rabat, Ittihad Khemisset, Al Sharja of UAE and Al Riyadh of Saudi Arabia.

He started his coaching career at Ittihad Khemisset, and in 2008 he led the club to a second place in the league, their best ever achievement. Despite the club’s qualification to CAF Champions League the following season, Amouta decided to leave and joined FUS de Rabat in division two.

In his first year, the Moroccan capital club returned to the top division, known as “Botola, and reached the Throne cup final before losing to their bitter-rivals FAR Rabat.

The following season, FUS Rabat won their first continental title, defeating CS Sfaxien of Tunisia in the final of the CAF Confederation Cup. The Red and White team also won their first Throne Cup title in 15 years with a 2-1 victory over MAS FES in the final.

FUS de Rabat's finest moment, 2010 CAF Cup Champions

After three successful seasons with the club, Amouta decided to leave after a dispute with the management over the departure of a number of key players.

“I represented the club before as a player, and here I am coaching the club, it’s a great honor to be the coach of one of the top clubs in Qatar and Asia” the new coach told the club’s official website.

“We have to build basis for new achievements, the club’s management is always supportive and there is great level of understanding between us, and I hope I will be equal to the challenge, we have to work together as a team and the effort of every single member of the club will count".

“My ambitions with “The Wolves” have no limits; we will do our best to win titles and be on the podium of all competitions next season”

He also praised the Spanish legend Raul, who joined the wolves this summer after an outstanding career with Real Madrid and Schalke 04, “he is very experienced he will surely be a major factor in our achievements in the coming season”.

Houssine Amouta



Playing Career
Ittihad Khemisset - FUS de Rabat (Morocco), Al Sadd - Qatar SC (Qatar), Al Sharja (UAE) and Al Riyadh (Saudi Arabia).

Achievements as coach
Ittihad Khemisset
2008 - 2nd place in top division “Botola”; Qualification for CAF Champions League.

FUS Rabat
2009 – Runner-up Throne Cup & winning the 2nd Division title
2010 – Winning CAF Confederation Cup & Throne Cup titles
2011 – Runner-up CAF Super Cup

Al Sadd (As Technical Director)
2011 – Winning AFC Champions League title

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