Former Colombia, Costa Rica boss Pinto to coach UAE

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DUBAI, June 30, 2020 (BSS/AFP) – Jorge Luis Pinto, best known for leading Costa Rica to the World Cup quarter-finals, is set to take over the United Arab Emirates national team, the local football federation said on Monday.

The 67-year-old Colombian will sign a two-year deal which would lead up to the 2022 World Cup finals in Qatar, local media reported after the federation said the deal had been given a green light.

Pinto has won league titles with clubs in Colombia, Peru, Costa Rica and Venezuela, but won global recognition by guiding Costa Rica to the World Cup quarters in 2014.

Pinto was hailed after a run which ended with a penalty shoot-out defeat by the Netherlands, after winning a tough group, beating Uruguay and Italy and drawing with England.

The UAE are currently fourth in a World Cup preliminary qualifying group where only the winners are guaranteed progress to the final round of qualifiers, but have a game in hand.

Pinto replaces Serbia’s Ivan Jovanovic, who had been on a short-term deal when the coronavirus lockdown saw the UAE release him.

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