Qatar: Al-Arabi Appoint Uli Stielike As Coach

Qatari League side Al-Arabi have announced the appointment of ex-Cote d’Ivoire coach Uli Stielike as their new manager.

Stielike, 53, signed an 18-month deal with Al Arabai and revealed to PA Sport that he has no knowledge of Qatar football or his charges.

"I have been to Doha on several occasions, but I can't honestly say that I know much about Qatari football," he was quoted as saying by PA Sport.

"For example, I do not know any of my new club's players."

Stielike was a member of the West German team that was defeated by Italy in the 1982 World Cup final and was capped 42 times by his country.

Before moving to West Asia, Stielike was in charge of Swiss side Sion but was shown the door only after 13 matches into the season. He also helped Cote d’Ivoire qualify for the 2008 African Nations Cup final.

Stielike however, was unable to lead his team in Ghana because the death of his Michael, 23, in February last year.