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Nasser Al-Johar (Arabic: ناصر الجوهر‎; born 1943) is a retired Saudi footballer and football manager, and currently a member in Saudi Arabia Football Federation technical staff.

He coached the Saudi Arabia national team at the 2002 FIFA World Cup when they were defeated 8-0 by Germany in the first game.

He is known to be an "Emergency Coach" for the Saudi national team whenever a coach is sacked. On the other hand, Al-Johar denies that fact, and he always state himself as a professional coach & not "Emergency". His first mission started in the 2000 AFC Asian Cup when he took over Milan Máčala position as coach after the 4-1 defeat from Japan in the opening match. Ultimately, Al-Johar lead Saudi Arabia to the final match, and lose again from Japan 1-0.

Al-Johar second mission was in the 2002 FIFA World Cup Qualifiers when he took over Yugoslav coach Slobodan Santrač following the 2-0 defeat by Iran in Tehran. He continued coaching the Saudi team for the rest of the tournament until miraculously reaching top Group A and qualified to 2002 FIFA World Cup leaving Iran in second place for AFC play-off.

Al-Johar took over Helio dos Anjos position as a coach for Saudi Arabia in the 2010 World Cup Qualifiers after low performance in the Third Phase Qualification resulted in 3-0 defeat by Uzbekistan and a barely 2-1 win over Lebanon in Riyadh. Al-Johar, then, lead the Saudi team to top the Third Phase group, and a revenge 4-0 win over Uzbekistan.He continued coaching the Saudi team in the Final Phase until Saudi Arabia’s first ever loss to North Korea (1-0) in Pyongyang, where he resigned due to huge criticism. Portuguese José Peseiro took over Al-Johar position for the remaining tournament.

Al-Johar is currently technical consultant in the Saudi Football Association.

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