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US News: Staab About Saudi Enthusiasm: Like BVB or Schalke

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Monika Staab, after the acquisition of the coaching item in the women's national team in Saudi Arabia, is impressed by the football enthusiasm in the country.

Frauen-Nationaltrainerin in Saudi-Arabien: Monika Staab. © Soeren Stache / DPA Women's National Trainer in Saudi Arabia: Monika Staab.

«The Saudis are just as football as we Europeans. On the day of my arrival, the men's national team had a World Cup qualifier. There were 50,000 people in the stadium in Jidda, also many children and women. Everyone has passed through 90 minutes. I agreed like in Dortmund or on Schalke, "said Staab in the interview at" Spox.com ".

The German trainer has since been entrusted with the task since September to build a women's national team. At the beginning of next year, there should be the first international game. Women's football was banned in Saudi Arabia until a few years ago. The political leadership around the Saudi Crown Prince Mohammed Bin Salman, the heavy human rights violations are accused, is behind the project.

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sportswashing?

That the country's sportswashing operate to distract the sports and positive reporting of grievances such as human rights violations, the 62-year-old does not see that. "Of course, Saudi Arabia wants to improve his reputation. But what I see here is no sportswashing. I do not want to comment about politics. That's not my mission. I am here to develop women's football. " The acquisition of the English Premier League Club Newcastle United by a consortium with Saudi participation is not a big topic in the country.

in Saudi Arabia is a particularly conservative reading of Islam, which keeps the rights of women. In recent years, many regulations were loosened in the course of social reforms. So women have been allowed to drive a car since 2018 and as spectators on football matches in the stadium.

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© bandar Algaloud / Courtesy of Saudi Royal Court / Handout via Reuters The Saudi Prince Mohammed Ben Salman, received by his counterpart of Abu Dhabi Mohammed Ben Zayed Al-Nahyan in the emirate, December 7, 2021. While an alleged commando involved in the assassination of Saudi journalist Jamal Khashoggi was arrested on Tuesday, December 7 in Paris, Mohammed Ben Salman is on tour in the Gulf.

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