Well-known British soccer broadcasting personality Jimmy Hill has signed a contract with Saudi Arabia to create and build up a soccer team for the country.
GV Hill and Saudi official signing contract. (SILENT)
CU Hill speaking
GV Qatar (playing from left to right) attacking and nearly scoring. (SILENT)
GV Saudi Arabia gain possession and attack Qatar's goal. (2 shots)
HILL: "They finished I think, next to bottom in the last Arab tournament which took place in March. Kuwait won it, a country with only 400,000 people, and Saudi has eight and a half million so they didn't like their neighbours carrying off the trophy and I think that set about this determination to do something about it."
REPORTER: "But it seems a formidable task to me that, I mean can you really create a world class team in so short a time?"
HILL: "I, in five years you can't create a world class team. What is absolutely certain is that they will play far better than they're able at the moment. And what's equally certain is that a ten-year-old kid in the past, born in Saudi, would have no chance of becoming a top class player. From now on, he'll have a chance."
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Background: Well-known British soccer broadcasting personality Jimmy Hill has signed a contract with Saudi Arabia to create and build up a soccer team for the country.
SYNOPSIS: The contract was signed in London over the weekend between Hill and Prince Faisal representing Saudi Arabia. It gives him at least 25 million pounds sterling and the right to establish and entire soccer programme. He's also to hire a manager, with a tax-free salary of about 45 thousand pounds and another 15 Britons as coaches, referees and administrators. Hill explains why he has been hired and how good the Saudis are at soccer.
In this match, Saudi Arabia was beaten by Qatar one-nil. It was part of the Gulf tournament and was played in March, this year. In all, seven gulf countries, including Iraq, Bahrain, Oman and the United Arab Emirates took part.
Saudi is seen here attacking Qatar's goal mouth, but without success. Hill's team will all be staying in Saudi Arabia for two years and they'll be allowed to take their wives and families with them. But the has warned that it will not be an easy life. At present there are no facilities to work with.
Hill is a former manager of the Coventry City Club and once played for Fulham. He has written several books on the sport and is now a television commentator.