Saudi school football league kicks off 

The second edition of the Schools Football League was launched on Monday by Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal (picture) and Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh. (SPA)
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Updated 28 January 2020

Saudi school football league kicks off 

RIYADH: Prince Abdulaziz bin Turki Al-Faisal, chairman of the board of directors of the General Sports Authority (GSA) and Hamad bin Mohammed Al-Sheikh, minister of education, launched on Monday the second edition of the Schools Football League.  

Prince Abdulaziz said that the project is one of the authority’s most important initiatives, which is organized in cooperation with the Ministry of Education to develop a new generation of Saudi footballers.

“We understand the sport’s needs and the aspirations of our country to hone and empower new talents so as to achieve what is befitting this country and its sons. The School League project represents a key step and starting point to reach the best results,” he said.

The prince added: “The School League project is the most important for us in the GSA towards building a promising generation capable of creating a better future for our sport. All sports fans, me included, were delighted with what was achieved in the first version of this project.”

The project saw the participation of 5,000 schools, more than 11,000,000 teams and 150,000 students who played in 47 Saudi provinces and cities.

Ibrahimovic’s return to training with Sweden’s Hammarby sparks rumors about future

Updated 10 April 2020

Ibrahimovic’s return to training with Sweden’s Hammarby sparks rumors about future

STOCKHOLM: AC Milan striker Zlatan Ibrahimovic’s return to training in Sweden with Hammarby, the club he part owns, as the coronavirus pandemic continues to lockdown Italy, has fueled speculation regarding his future.

Italian newspaper Gazzetta dello Sport reported the 38-year-old Ibrahimovic will choose against renewing his Milan deal which finishes at the end of the season.

The Swedish outfit’s president, Richard Von Yxkull, said the decision was in the hands of the attacker who played 116 times for his country before retiring from international duty in 2016.

“It’s about knowing how Zlatan sees his future and what he wants to do,” Von Yxkull told newspaper Dagens Nyheter.

Earlier in April the Spanish, Italian, French and Dutch league winner said he wanted to stay in the game after retiring.

“I want to learn something new about football, with a different angle. I will contribute from the sidelines, not on the pitch,” he told newspaper Svenska Dagbladet.

Ibrahimovic’s last Milan appearance was the loss to Genoa on March 8.

All football in Italy has been suspended due to the coronavirus which has claimed the lives of nearly 18,000 people in the country.

Measures to fight the outbreak in Sweden are lighter which have allowed Ibrahimovic to train with Stockholm’s Hammarby, a side which he bought a 25-percent share in last November.

Ibrahimovic started his career with hometown club Malmo before trophy-laden spells with some of the world’s biggest outfits including Juventus, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain before rejoining Milan in January.