Ramon Diaz, coach of Al Hilal Saudi Arabia, waited 6 years to untangle the finals knot that stuck with him with 3 clubs in the Arabian Gulf region.
Yesterday, Friday, Al-Hilal, with its coach Ramon Diaz, crowned the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, thanks to a penalty shootout against Al-Wahda.
And instead of Diaz, losing 3 consecutive finals with Al-Hilal, it started with Al-Fayhaa in the King’s Cup final, and lost its time on penalties.
He also lost the Club World Cup final against Real Madrid, then the defeat against Japan’s Urawa Red Diamonds in the AFC Champions League final.
Since Ramon Diaz was crowned the 2017 King’s Cup, he has played 7 finals with 3 clubs, and failed to climb to the podiums.
The beginning was with losing the 2017 AFC Champions League final against Urawa, then the Saudi Super Cup against Al Ittihad Jeddah in the 2018-2019 season.
And he lost with the Emirati victory, the final of the Arabian Gulf Cup, and the final of the President’s Cup 2021, in addition to losing 3 consecutive finals with Al Hilal.
Although Al-Hilal won yesterday by penalties, Diaz failed to achieve victory for the tenth consecutive match in the finals, since his victory over Al-Ahly in 2017.
Ramon Diaz played 6 finals with the one-match system, not back and forth, with 5 defeats and one win by penalty kicks.
Diaz increased the number of Argentine coaches’ titles to 5 at the level of the Custodian of the Two Holy Mosques Cup, as the coach with the most harvest since her return in 2008, and comes behind Enzo Hector, who won the championship 3 times.
Diaz added, his fourth championship during his career with Al-Hilal, by the Saudi League and the King’s Cup (twice each), and he also lost with Al-Hilal, 6 titles over two terms.
As for the goalkeeper, Abdullah Al-Mayouf, he won the King’s Cup for the sixth time, as the player who won the most championship after its return with the new system.
Al-Mayouf won the King’s Cup 6 times, including 3 with Al-Ahly Jeddah in 2011, 2012 and 2016, and the same thing with Al-Hilal in 2017, 2020 and 2023.
This tournament is the 12th for Abdullah Al-Mayouf with Al-Hilal over the course of 7 seasons.
Al-Mayouf played 35 matches this season with Al-Hilal, and scored 16 clean sheets.