After nearly a year without coaching, Pereira, a two-time national champion with FC Porto in 2011–12 and 2012–13 returns to work after being unemployed since departing Brazilian team Flamengo in April 2023.

Ten years later, the former midfielder who was born in Espinho returned to Saudi Arabia to coach Al-Ahli Jeddah in the 2013–14 season.

In Saudi football, Vítor Pereira joins compatriots Luís Castro (Al Nassr), Pedro Emanuel (Al-Khaleej), and Jorge Jesus (Al Hilal).

The Portuguese coach's resume also included stints at Santa Clara, Olympiacos (Greece), Fenerbahçe (Turkey), Sanjoanense, Sporting de Espinho, Munich 1860 (Germany), Shanghai SIPG (China), and Corinthians (Brazil).

On February 16th, Al Shabab will play Damac FC in his debut.


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