The Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) has appointed Monika Staab as new coach of the Saudi women’s national football team.
The announcement was made on the SAFF Twitter account on Wednesday afternoon.
The 62-year-old German had a playing career that saw her represent Kickers Offenbach (1970-1977) and NSG Oberst Schiel in Germany before stints at Paris Saint-Germain, Queens Park Rangers and Southampton.
After he retirement in 1992 she coached SG Praunheim, her last playing club, for six years, before moving to Bundesliga club FFC Frankfurt where she won the 2002 UEFA Women’s Cup (now the UEFA Women’s Champions League), four league titles and five German Cups.
In 2007 she was appointed coach of Bahrain’s women’s national team, and in 2013-14, the Qatari national team.
Now she will be tasked with coaching the newly established Saudi women’s national team just under a year after the establishment of the Saudi Women’s Football League, which is expected to start its second season in November.