Former Al Ain coach Jorge Fossati returns to Qatar with Al Rayyan

Former Al Ain coach Jorge Fossati, who steered Al Sadd to the AFC Champions League title in 2011, has returned to the Qatar Stars League to take charge of Al Rayyan.

Jorge Fossati spent 49 days at Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ain before departing on the eve of the 2013/14 season. Satish Kumar / The National
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Former Al Ain coach Jorge Fossati, who steered Al Sadd to the AFC Champions League title in 2011, has returned to the Qatar Stars League to take charge of Al Rayyan.

The 62-year-old, who had been in charge of Penarol in his homeland, was presented by the club’s officials late on Tuesday.

Fossati, a former goalkeeper, won all four domestic titles with Al-Sadd during two successful stints and he had high ambitions for more glory with Al Rayyan, who won promotion to the top flight last season.

“I am happy to be back and coaching Al Rayyan, it is a privilege,” said Fossati, who has also managed Uruguay and Qatar as well as a host of clubs in South America and the Middle East.

“We now have the chance re-emerge into the Qatar Stars League in a positive manner.”

Fossati spent an ill-fated 49 days in charge of Arabian Gulf League champions Al Ain in 2013, having replaced Cosmin Olaroiu, who joined rivals Al Ahli. However, he was replaced on the eve of the new season due to "clashes of opinion."

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