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Andre Villas-Boas quits football management to compete in 2018 Dakar Rally

Former Spurs and Chelsea boss Andre Villas-Boas has quit as manager of Shanghai SIPG to take part in the Dakar Rally.

Villas-Boas will compete in the 2018 Dakar Rally alongside Ruben Faria, a former professional motorcycle racer.

The former Zenit St Petersburg coach had planned to take part on a motorcycle himself, but was advised to attempt the race in a rally car.

Villas-Boas said: “I spoke with my friend Alex Doringer, the manager of the KTM team, who told me that I would still need a full year’s preparation to get there and that it was better to consider doing it with a car.

“So I got in touch with Team Overdrive and here I am!”

In 2013, Villas-Boas spoke of his intention to retire early from football in order to take part in the rally, saying to O Jojo newspaper:

My passion for football makes me live it very intensively over 11 months and dedicate myself to that, but I think life allows you to enjoy other things.

“For me, there is a limit and, in the next five to 10 years, I will quit coaching.

“To compete in the Dakar Rally is a lifetime ambition for me and is something I know I have to do.

“It went from a passion to an obligation, a destination of life, but I can only do it when I leave football. I will do it.”

Source: Eurosports

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