Christophe Galtier, who coached Messi, Mbappe and Neymar, joins Al Duhail in Qatar

Christophe Galtier is headed to the Middle East.

Qatar Stars League (QSL) side Al Duhail announced on their website today that they have signed Galtier to succeed Hernan Crespo as head coach.

PSG was acquired by Qatar Sports Invest (QSI) in 2011. Since then, the team has brought in some of the best players in the world, including through oil money. The best is the ‘MNM line’. Neymar broke the world record for the most expensive player in history, earning €222 million (approximately $315.6 billion). Mbappe left AS Monaco for 180 million euros ($255.9 billion). 카지노사이트 Lionel Messi was signed as a free agent, but for an astronomical fee.

The goal was clear. Win the UEFA Champions League (UCL), soccer’s most prestigious competition. PSG was going to do it with the “MNM line” of Messi, Mbappe, and Neymar. It was a game-changing combination, but it was all for naught. PSG’s pride was shattered as they were knocked out in the round of 16 for the second consecutive season by Real in 2021-22 (2-3 on aggregate) and Bayern Munich in 2022-23 (0-3 on aggregate).

Galtier was sacked at the end of the season. When he was hired last year, he had high expectations after winning the Coupe de la Ligue (French League Cup, now abolished) with Saint-Etienne and the French Ligue 1 with Lille, but he failed to live up to them and was forced out.

That’s why Galtier is headed to Qatar. Saudi Arabian oil money has been the biggest story in soccer lately, with four clubs in particular – Al Nasr, Al Ahli, Al Hilal, and Al Ittihad – investing very aggressively. Al Nasr has signed Cristiano Ronaldo, Sadio Mane, Marcelo Brozovic, and Aymeric Laporte. Al Ahly signed Roberto Firmino, Riyad Mahrez, Edouard Mendy, and Franck Kessie. Al Hilal have added Kalidou Koulibaly, Nabil Neves, Sergej Milinkovic-Savic, Neymar and Aleksandar Mitrovic. Al Ittihad have Karim Benzema, N’Golo Kante, and Fabinho.

Big deals were also struck in Qatar, a country that is second to none in terms of oil money. Al Duhail, where Nam Tae-hee played for a long time and Kim Moon-hwan currently plays, is the main player. After signing Philippe Coutinho last summer, they also signed Galtier. Al Duhail are a powerhouse in the Qatar League. They have won eight titles since their inception in 2009 and were crowned champions last season. With the club also qualifying for the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) Asian Champions League (ACL), there are high hopes for Coutinho and his new manager, Galtier.

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