Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi happy with Asia Cup preparations in Dubai

Juan Antonio Pizzi has expressed his satisfaction with the situation with his camp ahead of their first game against North Korea on Jan. 8. (Twitter: @SaudiNT)
Updated 24 December 2018
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Saudi Arabia coach Juan Antonio Pizzi happy with Asia Cup preparations in Dubai

  • The Saudi Arabian national team are currently in Dubai for their final preparations before next month’s Asia Cup in the UAE
  • Pizzi has expressed his satisfaction with the situation with his camp ahead of their first game against North Korea on Jan. 8

DUBAI: The Saudi Arabian national team are currently in Dubai for their final preparations before next month’s Asia Cup in the UAE.

And coach Juan Antonio Pizzi has expressed his satisfaction with the situation with his camp ahead of their first game against North Korea on Jan. 8.

Speaking on Monday, the Argentine said: “We came to this camp as we were looking forward to reaching this stage before the 2019 Asian Cup.

“We have been watching and evaluating the performance of each player with his club during the recent period, we have to be fully aware of their abilities and strengths and we rely on this in every match with the national team in such tournaments.

“In this regard, we chose three new players for this team camp after a comprehensive follow-up of all the Saudi professional league players throughout the season,” he added.
Pizzi also said he believes he has got a much better idea of his squad for the tournament.

“We believe that this list (of players) is the best in terms of the integration of its elements, and will allow us to adopt certain tactical plans, and I think these players are in the best technical and physical condition.

“My message to all is to enjoy the tournament, we deserve to take part in this event. We are ambitious to show an outstanding level, and we have had a good preparation process,” he added.

The Green Falcons’ other group games are against Lebanon (Jan. 12) and Qatar (Jan. 17).


Brazil legend Ronaldo attends Arab Club Champions cup final in Al-Ain

Updated 18 April 2019
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Brazil legend Ronaldo attends Arab Club Champions cup final in Al-Ain

  • The match featured Saudi side Al-Hilal and Etoile Sahel from Tunisia
  • Former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid player photographed with Abu Dhabi crown prince

AL-AIN, UAE: Brazilian football superstar Ronaldo was a special guest at the final of the Arab Club Champions Cup, which was held at the Hazza bin Zayed Stadium in Al-Ain.
The former Barcelona, Inter Milan and Real Madrid player was photographed with Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed Al-Nahyan and Saudi Arabia’s Turki Al-Sheikh, chairman of the General Sports Authority.
The match — featuring Saudi side Al-Hilal and Etoile Sahel from Tunisia — was won 2-1 by the Tunisian team, whose Mohamed Methnani scored an injury time winner to take home the trophy for his side.
The tournament is organized by the Union of Arab Football Associations (UAFA) and is contested by elite clubs from the Arab world, including 20 from the Asian Football Confederation and 20 from the Confederation of African Football.
Earlier this week, it was announced by Al-Sheikh that the 2020 edition of the tournament would be named after King Mohamed VI of Morocco.
“I am honored as the President of the Arab Football Federation (to announce) that the second edition of the Arab Champions Cup will bear a name dear to all Arabs, His Majesty King Mohammed VI, may God protect him, who honored us with his approval,” Al-Sheikh posted on Tuesday on his official Facebook page.