Saudi Arabia champions sign Peru World Cup star from Benfica

Andre Carrillo and club president Sami Al-Jaber put pen to paper on the contract in Madrid. (@Alhilal_EN)
Updated 20 July 2018
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Saudi Arabia champions sign Peru World Cup star from Benfica

  • Andre Carrillo will spend the season on loan at Al-Hilal
  • New coach Jorge Jesus pushed for the board to sign the 27-year-old winger

LONDON: New coach Jorge Jesus has stamped his mark on his Al-Hilal squad by driving through the transfer of Peru World Cup star Andre Carrillo.
Jesus was unveiled as Al-Hilal boss last month and Carrillo, 27, was one of the prominent names on a shopping list he gave to club president Sami Al-Jaber when he started work and evaluated the squad.
Jesus worked with Carrillo at Sporting Lisbon for one season in 2015/16, the year Sporting finished second behind Benfica by just two points, losing only two games.
Carrillo transfered to Benfica at the end of that season, but he only played 20 times for the Portuguese giants and was loaned to Premier League Watford last summer. He started well in England under the guidance of former coach Marco Silva, but once Silva was fired, Carrillo’s performances tailed off and Watford decided against making the transfer permanent, opting instead to sign Spain international Gerard Deulofeu.
Despite playing all three group games at the World Cup and scoring against Australia, Carrillo still found himself surplus to requirements at Benfica so Al-Hilal have swooped and landed him on a season-long loan deal with an option to buy. The loan fee is being reported as €2.5 million ($2.9 million) while the option-to-buy fee has apparently been set at €20 million.
“André, whom I know from our time at Sporting, was one of four players I requested,” Jesus is reported to have told the press during their training camp in Austria.


‘It’s epic’: Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal stars tour incredible Ad Diriyah E Prix venue

Al-Nassr’s Nigerian superstar Ahmed Musa (back right) joins (front left to right) Al-Hilal’s Ali Al-Habsi and Mohammad Jahfali and (back left) Saleh Alweheemed ahead of this weekend’s 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E-Prix. (Photo/Supplied)
Updated 10 December 2018
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‘It’s epic’: Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal stars tour incredible Ad Diriyah E Prix venue

  • 22 Formula E drivers will battle it out for glory this weekend
  • "I’m very happy to see how Saudi Arabia is becoming a rising name for big sports"

JEDDAH: They may be fierce rivals in the Saudi Pro League, but some of the biggest stars of Al-Hilal and Al-Nassr football got together to tour the venue of one of the most anticipated motor racing events in Saudi history.
The players soaked up the atmosphere as they visited the home of the 2018 ‘Saudia’ Ad Diriyah E Prix.
This weekend the 2.495km track created within the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah will see 22 Formula E drivers battle it out for glory.
Goalkeeper Ali Al-Habsi said: “I’m totally amazed by what they have built here, the track, the grandstands, the hospitality, it’s incredible what they’ve created for the Formula E.  It’s epic.
“As a professional athlete I’m very happy to see how Saudi Arabia is becoming a rising name for big sports, this will be a fiercely fought contest which is sure to thrill the fans.”

 (Left to right) Al Hilal star players Alberto Botia, Abdullah Almaiouf, Mohammad Jahfali, Ali Al-Habsi and Carlos Eduardo visit the new Formula E track at the stunning UNESCO World Heritage site of Ad Diriyah. (Photo/Supplied)

The racing extravaganza will also be accompanied by fan zones, entertainment and cultural attractions.
Three nights of music concerts will feature some of the biggest names in world. 
US smash hit OneRepublic and superstar DJ/producer David Guetta will wrap up the event after the race ends on Saturday with Enrique Iglesias, Jason Derulo and Amr Diab performing from Thursday.
Al Nassr’s Nigerian superstar Ahmed Mussa said: “We’re all about entertaining fans and bringing people together, that’s what football and sport is all about. These three nights will be a spectacle like nothing we’ve seen before and I urge our fans to come and be part of history.”