Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid as Santiago Solari is sacked

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Zinedine Zidane with the 2018 UEFA Champions League trophy after Real Madrid defeated Liverpool at the Olympic Stadium in Kiev. (AFP)
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Zinedine Zidane returns as coach of Real Madrid after the club sacked Santiago Solari. (AFP)
Updated 11 March 2019

Zinedine Zidane returns to Real Madrid as Santiago Solari is sacked

  • Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned
  • Real Madrid won three consecutive Champions League titles under the Frenchman

MADRID: Zinedine Zidane has made a sensational return as coach of Real Madrid after Santiago Solari’s sacking was finally confirmed on Monday.
Zidane has been given a contract until June 2022, just nine months after he resigned at the end of last season, having led Madrid to a historic third consecutive Champions League triumph.
Solari’s dismissal was expected after three consecutive home defeats — to Barcelona, twice, and Ajax — deemed Madrid’s season all-but over before the middle of March.
But Zidane coming back, with only 11 games left in La Liga and almost nothing to play for, is a surprise, particularly after he left on the incredible high of yet another European triumph.
“Real Madrid’s board has decided to terminate Santiago Solari’s contract as coach of the first team,” read an official statement on Monday.
“Real Madrid appreciates the work done by Santiago Solari and the commitment and loyalty he has always shown to this club.
“The board has also agreed to the appointment of Zinedine Zidane as the new coach of Real Madrid with immediate effect for the remainder of the season and the next three, until June 30, 2022.”


Saudi driver Reema Juffali makes history as first woman to compete in Saudi Arabia

Updated 22 November 2019

Saudi driver Reema Juffali makes history as first woman to compete in Saudi Arabia

  • Juffali is VIP driver in the Jaguar I-PACE e-TROPHY
  • Ahead of the race she said: “I am very excited"

RIYADH: Reema Juffali made history on Friday by becoming the first Saudi Arabian female racer to drive competitively in the Kingdom.

As the VIP driver in the Jaguar I-PACE e-TROPHY, Reema took to the track at the Diriyah Circuit in the official qualifying round on Friday morning ahead of her first race later in the day.

She completed her fastest lap of the demanding track created in the heart of the UNESCO World Heritage site in 1 min 39 seconds, a little over 5 second behind the pole position.

She will go into the official championship race at the back of the grid, but that takes nothing away from the moment for the young driver from Jeddah.

Ahead of the race she said: “I am very excited, I never thought this day would come, or at least I didn’t know when and it came a lot sooner than expected. I’m a year into racing and here I am now about to race at home which is an incredible feeling.”

The Jaguar I-PACE eTROPHY series is the official support race the SAUDIA Diriyah E-Prix the opening double header for the ABB FIA Formula E Championship.