'Where are our stars?’ cry Saudi Arabia fans after La Liga clubs leave out Green Falcons

Fahad Al-Muwallad joined Levante and Salem Al-Dawsari moved to Villarreal
Updated 03 February 2018

'Where are our stars?’ cry Saudi Arabia fans after La Liga clubs leave out Green Falcons

LONDON: Some Saudi Arabia football fans have reacted with bemusement after two of their World Cup stars were left out of the match day squads by their adopted La Liga clubs.
Fahad Al-Muwallad joined Levante and Salem Al-Dawsari moved to Villarreal last month as part of a joint initiative between La Liga and the Saudi Football Federation that saw nine Saudi players move to Spain in a bid for them to gain top-level experience ahead of the World Cup.
However, Al-Muwallad has not been named in the Levante squad for their game with Real Madrid tonight while Al-Dawsari has missed out on selection for Villarreal’s game at Real Betis this evening. Both clubs announced their lineups on Twitter and fans took the opportunity to bombard the accounts of both teams with comments, expressing their frustration, with a mixture of annoyance, frustration and good humor.



 



Formula One comes back to the track with Aramco as sponsors amid new coronavirus lockdown era

Updated 05 July 2020

Formula One comes back to the track with Aramco as sponsors amid new coronavirus lockdown era

  • The return to the track for F1 will also mark a first for Saudi Aramco that are sponsoring the global event
  • Lando Norris secured a career-best fourth place on the grid for McLaren for the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix

DUBAI: Sunday will see the return of Formula One with the first race of the season since the coronavirus pandemic hit the world and closed the sport down.

The return to the track for F1 will also mark a first for Saudi Aramco that are sponsoring the global event.

“We are thrilled to be sponsoring Formula 1. Millions of people around the world saw Aramco’s branding along the racing circuit today for the first time,” read a statement from the Saudi oil giant.

“As the world’s largest energy supplier and an innovation leader, our ambition is to find game-changing solutions for better, more efficiently performing engines and cleaner energy. Partnerships such as this are important to help us to deliver this goal.”

 

Video courtesy of Aramco 

Lando Norris secured a career-best fourth place on the grid for McLaren for the season-opening Austrian Grand Prix and admitted he had exceeded his own expectations.
The 20-year-old Briton qualified behind the pace-setting Mercedes pairing of pole sitter Valtteri Bottas and six-time champion Lewis Hamilton and Red Bull's Max Verstappen, but ahead of both Ferraris and other strong rivals including Racing Point's speedy ‘pink Mercedes’ cars.
“We had our expectations of where we thought we wanted to be and from the very beginning the Racing Points have clearly been extremely quick,” said Norris, who is embarking on his second F1 season.
“We never thought we’d be in a chance of beating them or getting close to them so we are delighted with this and with the car performance.
“The car started to come alive and feel better and better as it went to lower fuel levels and this track was very good for us last year. So we have confidence in the car and feel it suits us at the moment.
“Hopefully, the race goes well and we have two (consecutive) weekends of this and, hopefully, we can repeat it as well.”
Norris will start the race - his and the sport’s first F1 race for 216 days - alongside Verstappen with Alex Albon in the second Red Bull and Racing Point's Sergio Perez behind him.
His Ferrari-bound McLaren team-mate Carlos Sainz qualified eighth.

(With AFP)