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Pinto: 'I had big dreams of reaching the World Cup with the Emirates'

Mon 30 November 2020 | 19:44

Jorge Luis Pinto, who was the fourth manager of the UAE since January 2019, left the team after just five months.

Jorge Luis Pinto

after just five months left the


. He did not even get a chance to take charge of a competitive match like qualifying for the

2020 World Cup


2023 Asian Cup


The 67-year-old Colombian was the UAE’s fourth manager since January 2019. He was signed in June and his contract was going to expire in 2022.

"After long meetings with coach Pinto, we agreed that it was difficult to continue our relationship and we decided to terminate the contract," the head of the Emirates national teams committee Youssef Hussein said.

"The replacement coach will be announced soon.”

During his time at the UAE, they won (3-2) Tajikistan and lost to Uzbekistan (2-1) and Bahrain (3-1).

"It was difficult to carry out my mission with the national team for several reasons, including a difference of views," Pinto said.

"I faced difficult circumstances during the task of assuming responsibility for coaching the Whites, the most important of which was the long suspension of sports activity due to the Corona pandemic, the position of the national team in its group, and the short time remaining to prepare for the joint qualifiers for the 2022 World Cup finals and the 2023 AFC Asian Cup finals in good form.

"I had big dreams of reaching the World Cup with the Emirates, and I hope it will happen with another coach.

"I spoke with officials in the Football Association and they understood my position, and it was agreed between us to terminate the contract amicably.

"I wish success to the UAE national team, which has a great place in my heart, and I had the honor to train its first national team.

Pinto’s predecessor was Ivan Jovanovic, who was in charge from December 2019 to April 2020 and was dismissed without playing any games.

Before Jovanovic was Bert van Marwijk who was hired in March 2019 until December when he was fired after a 4-2 loss to Qatar in the Arabian Gulf Cup.

And before Bert van Marwijk was Alberto Zaccheroni who quit in January 2019 after leading UAE to the semi-finals of the Asian Cup.

In June, Pinto talked about his objective as the manager of the UAE.

“I might be the most passionate coach in the world about reaching the next World Cup," he said. "And I'm very enthusiastic about working with UAE national team.

"Our goal after leading the team from this difficult stage is to transform the thinking of players to dream of the World Cup before entering the third and final stage. I will talk to my players about how serious they are in qualifying to the World Cup finals.

“There is no greater happiness than your arrival at the World Cup and to represent your country in the championship. I lived these moments and wish to convey them to the players.”

The UAE are the fourth in Group C table of the second round of qualifying. Only group winners could get into the third round alongside the four best runners-up and now are five points behind leaders Vietnam.

source: SportMob