The Saudi football thread

Discussion in 'Asian Football Confederation' started by HiJazzey, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. HiJazzey

    HiJazzey Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Al Ittihad Jeddah
    For all Saudi footballing matters.
  2. HiJazzey

    HiJazzey Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Al Ittihad Jeddah
    Pr. Faisal cup (Federation cup) 02-03

    Group 1:


    Hilal - Riyadh (the crescent)

    Nasser - Riyadh (the Victory)

    Shabab - Riyadh (the youth)

    Riyadh - Riyadh

    Ittifag - Dammam (the agreement)

    Qadissia - Khobar (famous battle)

    Group 2:


    Ittihad - Jeddah (United club)

    Ahli - Jeddah (People's club)

    Ta'ee - Hail (famous local tribe)

    Ra'ed - Buraida (the Pioneer)

    Najma - 'Unaiza (the Star)

    Sho'ola - Kharj (the Flame)


    Tournament format:

    group stage home and away.
    Top 2 from each group qualify to knockout stage.

    Rule changes:

    The tournament operates this year with restrictions similar to that of the olympics. Players must be under 23, with the exception of two allowed overaged players
  3. HiJazzey

    HiJazzey Member

    Jan 29, 2002
    Al Ittihad Jeddah
    Ittihad all at sea

    Well we must be entered in the guinness book of records. So far the club has been linked with 25 coaches, yet with only 17 days to go until the opening game of the season Ittihad is still coachless. Ivich was the preffered choice of the club management but they were vetoed by one of the main honourary members. The current favourite for the job is German Reiner Holmann, who previously coached Hilal and Ahli Egypt.

    And while Mansour alBolouwi goes and holiday to Dubai and Egypt (and fuels rumours of him signing Hilal flop Abdullah alJamaan) the club is facing yet more financial worries. It accumulated a debt of five months unpaid wages to it's staff, and with both the staff becoming restless and the main backers away on holidays, the management has resorted to knocking on the doors of sidelined honourary members and shaking the donation box to solve it.

    Of course the issue of new players has been entirely forgotten, while supposed new signings have dissappeared from the radar so has Sergio who hasn't yet returned.

    All in all it's a mess, as in every year. And as in every year we'll probably stay in touch unconvicingly in the early stages and then right at the end get going.

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