"Professional" clubs' summer deals... offensive

“Professional” clubs’ summer deals… offensive

“Professional” clubs’ summer deals… offensive

Saudi stadiums have become a major destination for Algerian stars


Friday – Muharram 1 1444 AH – July 29, 2022 AD Issue No. [
15949]


The clubs of the Saudi Professional League focused in their recent polarization on the attackers (Asharq Al-Awsat)

Riyadh: Faris Al-Fazi

The Saudi Professional League continues to attract professional players in various lines during the current summer transfer period, with a double interest in including offensive elements that contribute to creating and scoring goals; In order to prepare in the best possible way for the competitions of the new season of the competition, which will start on August 25th.
The transfers of goalkeepers have also clearly dominated the summer Mercato so far, with the presence of 11 new goalkeepers during the new season at the level of new contracts, led by the Colombian David Ospina, the goalkeeper of Al-Nasr, and the Moroccan Mounir Mohammadi, the goalkeeper of Al-Wahda, and the Brazilian Santos, the goalkeeper of cooperation, the transfers of attackers also increased. Recently, it reached about 13 deals concluded by the professional league teams for the players of the last offensive third this summer.
The Latin stars had the largest share of Saudi club contracts in attack this summer, with the transfer of 4 new players, including a Colombian duo, an Argentine player and a Brazilian player. A new trio also moved from Europe, with a player from France, another from Luxembourg, and finally from Romania, two players from Africa, and a Saudi quartet.
Damak club recently announced the signing of Brazilian striker Bruno Durate, a former Portuguese player from Vitoria Guimaraes. Dorati shined clearly during last season’s competitions in the Portuguese league, to score 7 goals with 4 assists, with a clear distinction in the air games and headers, to be the new striker to join you under the leadership of his Croatian coach Rezic next season.
Al-Wahda was the first team to support its ranks with new strikers, after the management of the newly promoted club to the Pro League championship announced its contract with French striker John David Bogel until 2024. Bojil has great experience in Czech stadiums after his brilliance with the teams Dukla Praha, Zlin, and Victoria Plzen. He was the top scorer in the Czech League last season.
Al Wahda’s offensive contracts did not stop there. The club also signed Gerson Rodriguez, the Ukrainian winger for Dynamo Kyiv and the captain of the Luxembourg national team, who plays more in the offensive wing, with his participation last season with the French team Troyes on loan in 12 matches in the French League, To score one goal and make the same.
Al-Taie supported its ranks with the best strikers in the Moroccan League last season, after announcing that it had obtained the services of the Congolese striker Guy Mbenza, who clearly starred with the Wydad team in the Moroccan League and African Champions League competitions, as he competed strongly to include more than one African team, led by Al-Ahly. Al-Masry and Moroccan Raja, before Al-Taei secured his services for two seasons until 2024.
The management of the newly promoted Gulf Club to the professional league has completed the contracting procedures with the Colombian wing, Brian Riascos. Riaskos played for the Ukrainian team Metalist for a while before leaving due to the Russian-Ukrainian war, after which he moved to the Swiss team Grasshoppers, and from there to the Gulf this summer.
The Justice Club also signed Argentine striker Lautaro in Asios, to lead the team’s offensive line during the next season. The Latin striker has previously played with several clubs, most notably the Chilean Audax Italiano and the Chilean San Felipe. And the justice team supported its ranks with more than one attacking player this summer, to also sign Colombian Rinaldo Linis, who had previously played for Greek and Latin clubs.
Al-Raed club announced the signing of Cape Verdean player Julio Tavares from Al-Faisaly club during the current summer transfer period.
The player Cape Akhdar decided to leave Al-Faisaly after being relegated to the Yellow League.
Al-Raed also included the Romanian Alexandro Mitrita, the former Al-Ahly player.
The Saudi clubs did not include professional players only in the offensive line, but also contracted with a number of Saudi players and newborns, as Damak Club announced early this year (2022) its contract with the player Ahmed Al-Zain, starting from next season, after representing a large number of Saudi clubs. Such as Al-Ahly, Al-Taawun and Al-Raed.
Al-Fayhaa club included Khaled Kaabi, the Al-Faisaly winger, after the end of his contract with his former team in a free transfer deal. The club, which won the Saudi King’s Cup last season, also signed Mohamed Majrashi, the former Al-Ahly player, for two seasons in a free transfer deal. Meanwhile, Al-Shabab club strengthened its ranks with the player Ahmed Abdo, who previously played in several Saudi clubs, most notably Al-Fayhaa, Al-Taei and Al-Wahda before he officially moved to Al-Asimi Club.
It is worth noting that Nigerian Odion Ighalo was the top scorer in the Saudi League last season, scoring 24 goals, 4 goals ahead of Brazilian Anderson Taliska, Al-Nasr player, and his compatriot Romarinho, Al-Ittihad striker, each with 20 goals, knowing that the last local Saudi scorer for the tournament was in the 2013-2014 season. He is Nasser Al-Shamrani with 21 goals that season.
On the other hand, Saudi stadiums have become a new destination for Algerian football stars, who are active in the local first division. Since the beginning of this summer, a number of them have chosen Saudi clubs in search of better financial conditions, given that the majority of Algerian teams are facing financial hardship and are unable to fulfill their financial commitments towards the players. However, some of them do not hide the reason for choosing Saudi Arabia, which is to develop their sporting performance.
In the past years, Tunisia and Qatar were Arab stations for dozens of Algerian players. But it seems that the prospects for many have changed compared to what the recent contracts of many of them showed.
Al-Khaleej Club announced its official contract with Algerian international defender Djamel Belamri to represent the team in the Prince Mohammed bin Salman League, next season. The Gulf recently climbed to the Prince Mohammed bin Salman League, after it was crowned the current season with the Yellow League title for first-class clubs.
Belamari, 32, had previously represented the Saudi Al-Shabab Club in 2016 and lasted for nearly 4 seasons, before his relationship with the youth management was strained and he left the team in 2020. Belamari had previously played for French clubs Lyon, Algeria’s ES Setif, JS Kabylie and Qatar.
In the first league, Qaisumah Club announced the support of its ranks with four Algerian players at once, namely Sid Ali Lakroum from Medea Club (Algerian second division), Ashraf Boudrama from Bizerte Club in the Tunisian championship, Ammar Khaled from the Algerian Makra Club (first degree), and Hamid Jawshi from Casablanca club of the third tier.
And last June, Reda bin Sayeh, captain of the ancient club JS Kabylie, joined the Jabaleen team. The great goalkeeper of ES Setif, Sofiane Khadaria, was also involved in the Shoala players group, with a two-year contract.
As for Rafik Riah, a player for JS Kabylie, he signed a contract with the Jebelin club and was previously affiliated with the Tunisian club Sfaxien.
In the new football season, Moloudia Oran striker Adel Jabout will be part of the Saudi club Ohod.
Several Algerian players have been found in the Saudi League for years, most of whom are part of the national team census, most notably Amir Saoud, Malik Asla, Sufian Bin Debka, Mustafa Zaghba, and Farouk Shafei, in addition to the veteran Rais Mbolhi.


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