The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has announced that Italian coach Roberto Mancini will be appointed as the new head coach of the national team. Mancini, who had previously managed the Italian national team, will sign a contract until 2027 worth 25 million euros ($27 million) net per year. He will begin his tenure on September 8th, with his first match being against Costa Rica. Mancini expressed his excitement about the new opportunity, stating, “I made history in Europe, now is time to make history with Saudi.” The appointment comes after Mancini resigned as Italy’s coach on August 13th, and Luciano Spalletti was named as his replacement. Saudi Arabia, who recently participated in the World Cup in Qatar, will aim to win their fourth Asian Cup title at the upcoming continental championship in Qatar. The country has been heavily investing in its soccer league, with the Saudi Public Investment Fund leading a Sports Clubs Investment and Privatisation Project involving top clubs and players.