Manchester United to aid football development in Saudi Arabia

Man United’s group managing director Richard Arnold with Turki Al-Shikh, chairman of the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia.
Updated 19 October 2017
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Manchester United to aid football development in Saudi Arabia

LONDON: Manchester United have agreed a deal with the General Sports Authority of Saudi Arabia to help develop football in the country.
United will lend business and sporting expertise to clubs and sporting organizations in Saudi Arabia to boost the game’s growth.
The partnership forms part of Saudi Vision 2030 — the plan to diversify the Saudi economy and to develop its public sectors, announced last year by Crown Prince Mohammad bin Salman.
United’s group managing director Richard Arnold told the club’s website: “The club has a long-standing relationship with Saudi Arabia and has over five million passionate fans in the region.
“Our partnership with Saudi Telecom is the longest running of all our commercial partners.
“Having the chance to help shape the football industry in the Kingdom is a great honor and it is something where we believe we can make a big difference.
“I hope that this strategic alliance will benefit generations of Saudi footballers, supporters and young professionals looking to work in football well beyond Saudi Vision 2030.”
Turki Al-Shikh, chairman of the GSA, added: “This relationship is part of an exciting program we are undertaking to transform sport in Saudi Arabia.”


Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 2-1 away to take control of semifinal

Updated 25 April 2018
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Real Madrid beat Bayern Munich 2-1 away to take control of semifinal

MUNICH: Real Madrid substitute Marco Asensio scored a second-half winner on Wednesday to end Bayern Munich’s unbeaten record at home this season and give his side a 2-1 win in the first leg of their Champions League semifinal.
Joshua Kimmich had put the home side in front, but Marcelo equalized before the interval. Asensio came after the break and Lukas Vazquez set up the 22-year-old to claim Madrid’s second away goal 12 minutes into the second half.
The result puts the two-time defending champions in a favorable position before the second leg in Madrid next Tuesday, though Zinedine Zidane’s side will be wary after conceding three goals at home to Juventus in the previous round.
Bayern had to substitute the injured Arjen Robben and Jerome Boateng in the first half, but the side had plenty of chances to score more goals with Franck Ribery, Thomas Mueller and Robert Lewandowski all missing good opportunities.
Cristiano Ronaldo was held scoreless for the first time in the competition this season. The Portuguese star had an effort ruled out in the second half for using his arm to control the ball.
Bayern, which is chasing a treble in Jupp Heynckes’ last season in charge, was hoping to make up for last year’s exit to Madrid, and for the Spanish side’s 5-0 aggregate win at the same stage in 2014.