Qatar Championship: a new version and efforts to break Al Sadd’s rule

Doha: on Saturday the Qatar Football League begins amidst the ambitions to break the hegemony imposed by Al-Sadd in the last edition, when he became champion for the fifteenth time in its history, four rounds from the end of the competition and with a record lossless. The “leader” will start the title defense campaign against Al-Sailiya on Sunday, betting on stability to repeat last season’s goal, after keeping his coaching staff led by Spaniard Xavi Hernandez, keeping four of his foreign players: the Spanish Santi Casorla, the Algerian Baghdad Bounedjah, the South Korean and Young Jong, and the Brazilian Guillerme Torres. The administration has concluded a one-off contract to award former Swansea City England player Andre Ayew, in replacement of South Korean Nam Tae Hee, who returns to the ranks of Al Duhail, to play for the club of which his father Abedi Pele wore his colors in 1983. Al Sailiya, on the other hand, disappointed by occupying ninth place in the previous version, seeks a better look. However, the starting task will not be easy, according to Tunisian coach Sami Trabelsi, who continues in his place for the ninth consecutive season: “We aspire to the best, especially after the new assignments, but the start will be very difficult for one of the best teams. Asian, and not just locally “. – Radical changes in Al Duhail – Al Duhail, runner-up, on Sunday begins the journey of the competition against Al Khor, amid drastic changes in the ranks of the team that left last season empty-handed, to which he was not used. The beginning was with the coaching staff when the French Sabri Lamouchi was released and the Portuguese Luis Castro, former Ukrainian coach of Shakhtar Donetsk, was hired. The administration has awarded three players: Belgian defender Toby Alderweireld of Tottenham Hotspur, Tunisian Ferjani Sassi of Zamalek and Nam Tae Hee of South Korea, in change of maintenance of Belgian Edmilson Jr. and Kenyan top scorer Michael Olunga. However, there have not been many developments in Al Khor, who retained his German manager, Wenfred Schaefer, who saved him from relegation supplement, and was content to sign with South Korean Ja Chul Koo, the former Al Gharafa player. The first round will see a strong confrontation between Al-Ahly in Qatar. Al-Duhail followed the example of quest’last and made extensive changes by assigning Spaniard Javi Martinis, former German Bayern Munich player, Algerian international Djamel Belamari, former French Lyon defender and Belgian striker Isaac Mbenza. Qatar also signed former Internacional coach Ze Ricardo, who revealed great ambitions and declared in a press conference: “I have a great responsibility to help the team be an active player in the competition. We look forward to a great start which will motivate us to achieve our goals.” Al-Ahly, fifth last season, hopes instead of compensating for the loss of the continental seat in the last meters: he prepared adequately and signed four players, among them the Serbian Marko Jevtovic, to provide the management with the requirements of the Montenegrin coach Nebosha Jovovich in search of competition. in Al Rayyan – Al Rayyan starts in third place last season, Saturday’s race against Umm Salal, amid fears of delays in the conclusion of contracts that would have helped him to be an active part in the title race, like the team of French coach Laurent Blanc has not made any deal at the level of foreigners until now.The departure of the Argentine Gabriel Mercado. The Riyan administration is under pressure from the masses to not be convinced by some of the names present, such as Ivorian striker Yohan Boli and Iranian Shuja Zadeh, especially as the team is about to face Al Sadd in the 2021 Amir Cup final. October 22. On the other hand, Yemeni Umm Salal al-Nafs to stay away from being part of the relegation and annexation equation, as in the past three years. The team has seen changes in terms of players, unlike the contract with the Brazilian manager Sergio Farias to succeed the Moroccan Aziz Ben Askar. “The launch is definitely important because it will be a strong motivator,” said Farias. We have prepared ourselves perfectly and are looking forward to a good performance despite the difficult task against a great team like Al Rayyan. As for Al-Gharafa, who hardly reserved a place in the continental supplement, the newly promoted North will meet on Saturday at the beginning of the journey amid shortcomings in completing the contracts, as the administration has contented itself with appointing a player, the Algerian Mehdi Taherat, and retained his compatriot Sofiane Hani and Ivorian Jonathan Kodjia. Al-Gharafa managed to sign the Italian coach Andrea Stramaccioni, but the delay in finalizing the contract with two players is worrying. Al-Arabi, disappointed at seventh place, will meet Al-Wakra Eighth on Sunday, jointly looking for an ideal start. Al-Arabi fired his Icelandic manager, Heimir Hallgrimsson, and contracted with former Qatari manager Younis Ali, but kept most of his foreign players and was pleased with the assignment of Gabon striker Aaron Popenda , while the developments in Al-Wakra were limited to the contract with Angolan Gelson Dala, while retaining the Spanish manager Tintin Marques. (AFP)

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