Sergei Rebrov announced as new head coach at Arabian Gulf League club Al-Ain

Sergei Rebrov announced as new head coach at Arabian Gulf League club Al-Ain
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Sergei Rebrov has the task of revitalizing Al-Ain following a poor season, which saw the club finish sixth in the UAE Arabian Gulf League. (Twitter Photo)
Sergei Rebrov announced as new head coach at Arabian Gulf League club Al-Ain
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Sergei Rebrov won two Ukrainian league titles with Dynamo Kyiv. (Reuters)
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Updated 08 June 2021

Sergei Rebrov announced as new head coach at Arabian Gulf League club Al-Ain

Sergei Rebrov announced as new head coach at Arabian Gulf League club Al-Ain
  • Ukrainian coach joins UAE club after worst season in 7 years saw it miss out on 2022 AFC Champions League spot
  • Rebrov has spent the last three seasons at Hungarian club Ferencvaros, where he won three league titles

DUBAI: Former Ferencvaros head coach Sergei Rebrov has become the new manager of UAE football club Al-Ain ahead of the 2021-22 season.

The 47-year-old Ukrainian has spent the last three seasons at Hungarian club Ferencvaros, where he won three league titles and led the team to the UEFA Champions League group stages for the first time in 25 years.

He takes over at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium with the task of revitalizing Al-Ain after a poor season saw the club finish sixth in the UAE Arabian Gulf League and miss out on the 2022 AFC Champions League.

Rebrov has also tasted coaching success with Dynamo Kyiv, where he won two Ukrainian league titles, and had a spell at Saudi Pro League team Al-Ahli during the 2017-18 season.

Al-Ain’s previous coach, former Portuguese player Pedro Emanuel, paid the ultimate price after overseeing the side’s worst campaign in seven years, and now Rebrov will be expected to challenge for a Champions League spot at the very least.

As a player, Rebrov rose to fame after forming a devastating attacking partnership with Andriy Shevchenko at Dynamo Kyiv, before playing for several clubs including, among others, Tottenham and West Ham in the English Premier League, Fenerbahce in Turkey, and Rubin Kazan in Russia.