Ex-Chelsea & Spurs Boss Andre Villas-Boas to Take Part in the 2018 Dakar Rally

Ex-Chelsea & Spurs Boss Andre Villas-Boas to Take Part in the 2018 Dakar Rally

Former Chelsea, Tottenham and Porto manager Andre Villas-Boas is set for a rather odd change of career direction after it was announced that he’ll take part in the 2018 Dakar Rally.

The Portuguese coach was once heralded as one of European football’s brightest managerial prospects after winning a treble with Porto during the 2010/11 season without losing a single league match along the way.

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But Villas-Boas is out of work at the moment after being sacked by cash-rich Chinese outfit Shanghai SIPG earlier this week after only a year in charge, and his stock amongst football fans seems to have dropped somewhat. 

However, he’s probably not too worried about that at the moment as he prepares for an almighty gear change.

According to, the 40-year-old will compete in the Dakar Rally behind behind the wheel of a Toyota Hilux in the car category, with former motorcycle class front-runner Ruben Faria joining him as co-driver.

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The annual challenge starts on January 6, 2018 and ends on January 20 and involves racing amongst competitors through Argentina, Bolivia and Peru.

Personally, we can’t wait to see how he gets on – it can’t be any worse than the job he did at Chelsea, eh!

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