Herve Renard: Saudi Arabia Coach Who Made History in Qatar

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Saudi Arabia national men's team coach Herve Renard during their 2-1 win against Argentina on November 22, 2022.

Saudi Arabia kicked off their World Cup campaign with a memorable win after defeating tournament favorites Argentina. 

The Green Falcons are managed by Herve Renard, who has led the team since July 2019. 

Saudi Arabia on November 22, handed Argentina a 2-1 defeat at the Lusail Stadium to top group C awaiting the other group match between Mexico and Poland.

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Messi scored the only goal for Argentina setting the record as the only player from the country to score in four World Cup tournaments. 

Since his appointment, the national side has moved up from 70th to 51st in the FIFA world rankings 

Renard is experienced internationally, having coached in nine countries in his 26 years as a manager. 

In Africa, the 54-year-old French coach has won the African Cup of Nations twice with both Ivory Coast and Zambia. He is the only coach to win two of the titles. 

In the 2018 World Cup in Russia, Renard coached Morrocco for their first-ever FIFA World Cup tournament in 20 years. 

He led Zambia from 2008 to 2010; Angola in 2010; USM Alger in 2011; Zambia from 2011 to 2013; Ivory Coast from 2014 to 2015 and Morocco from 2016 to 2019. 

Saudi Arabia’s second match will be against Poland on Saturday, November 26 before playing their last group fixture against Mexico on Wednesday, November 30 against Mexico. 

The Renard-led team will be hoping to improve on their 2018 performance where they finished third in their group with three points.

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