Sami Al-Jaber leaves Al-Hilal, appointed advisor to Saudi General Sports Authority

Al-Jaber, who spent most of his playing career at Al-Hilal, is the new director for international relations at the GSA. (Twitter: Al-Hilal)
Updated 14 September 2018
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Sami Al-Jaber leaves Al-Hilal, appointed advisor to Saudi General Sports Authority

  • Al-Jaber will be the director of international relations at the GSA
  • Prince Mohammed bin Faisal will succeed him as the president of Al-Hilal

JEDDAH: Saudi footballing legend Sami Al-Jaber has been appointed as the advisor to the Kingdom's General Sports Authority, local media reported on Thursday.
Al-Jaber will be the director of international relations at the GSA.

The 45-year-old, who has spent most of his playing career at Al-Hilal, will leave his role as president of the Riyadh-based club.
Prince Mohammed bin Faisal will succeed him at the helm of Saudi Arabia's most successful club.
The club thanked the outgoing president and welcomed the new with a pair of tweets on their official Twitter account.
Al-Jaber, who is considered one of the best players in Saudi history — he is the only player to appear in four consecutive World Cup tournaments - will be advising a body which has been responsible for a number of new sports initiatives, including a recent announcement of holding a 4-team tournament where the Green Falcons will take on Argentina and Brazil in Saudi Arabia.
In March, the authority signed an extensive 10-year contract to bring WWE shows to the Kingdom on an annual basis.


Virgil van Dijk sets sights on an awesome foursome of trophies for Liverpool

Updated 20 September 2018
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Virgil van Dijk sets sights on an awesome foursome of trophies for Liverpool

LIVERPOOL: Virgil van Dijk wants to create history with Liverpool this season as he set his sights on an unprecedented quadruple of trophies.
The Anfield outfit are full of confidence after recording six successive wins at the start of a season for the first time since 1961.
Having reached the Champions League final in the previous campaign, they opened up this one with a thrilling 3-2 victory over Paris Saint-Germain thanks to an injury-time strike from Roberto Firmino after the French champions had pulled back a two-goal deficit.
While pundits have suggested Liverpool should prioritize the Premier League, van Dijk said they have the belief to do even better.
“Everyone is excited, feeling good, wanted to be part of this,” he said. “We know the season is very long, four competitions to play and we want to win everything. That’s basically our mindset. You need to have ambitions.
“With the size of this club, the people around here and with the history, we want to try to win everything. It’s going to be hard, we know it’s something very difficult to do, but we are going to try. That’s what we are here for.
“I’ve enjoyed every bit since I arrived here and hope to keep going. I want to win things, create memories here and write history as well with all of these boys.”
The Dutch defender also feels rivals will see Liverpool as contenders for the big prizes having overcome Neymar and Co.
“We were not in the [Champions League] final last season for no reason,” he added. “I think we should have already got the respect, but this season is new.
“Everyone starts over and we need to show it in every game. We need to keep going, keep improving, but also enjoy it. It’s the highest stage.
“If you are going to be on the pitch and you don’t believe it [that you can beat teams like this] then you need to stay home. You need to believe in your team. I have the belief. I’m enjoying it. You want to play in these games, you want to play these clubs. I think it’s a great time to be a Liverpool player.
“If you look at the team, the whole squad, players who are not even in there and have so much potential, so much quality, it says a lot about our team.”