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Saudi Arabia sack coach Lopez Caro a month before Asian Cup

Ex-Real Madrid coach Lopez Caro was appointed last year after the sacking of Frank Rijkaard

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Three-time Asian champions Saudi Arabia have sacked coach Juan Ramon Lopez Caro, leaving them rudderless a month before the Asian Cup kicks off in Australia.

"Board has decided to cancel Lopez Caro and his assistants' contract," the Saudi FA said in a statement.

"FA President Ahmed Eid will be responsible for negotiating and finalizing a deal with a new coach within a week."

Ex-Real Madrid coach Lopez Caro, who was appointed last year after the sacking of Frank Rijkaard, was under pressure for failing to guide the team to victory in the Gulf Cup in Riyadh last month.

Saudi Arabia lost 2-1 in the final to Qatar at their home King Fahd stadium.