Next Tuesday, Riyadh will host the 2021 AFC Champions League final at King Fahd International Stadium, when the club Saudi Al Hilal and South Koreans Pohang Steelers will meet.
Al Hilal will play the eighth final in all continental tournaments at King Fahd International Stadium, while Pohang has already played in this stadium in 1997 when they lost to Al Hilal 0-1 in the first game, and Sami Al Jaber scored the winning goal for the Saudi team.
The King Fahd International Stadium can seat around 68,000 spectators and bears the nickname “The Pearl of the Stadiums” knowing that it was built in 1988 to contribute to the 1989 World Youth Cup Kingdom Hospice.
King Fahd International Stadium is the only stadium that has hosted more than one Confederations Cup final, which was launched in the Kingdom in 1992, when Argentina crowned the title after beating Saudi Arabia 3-1 and Saeed Al-Owairan scored the Saudi team’s goal.
The 1995 edition of the Confederations Cup saw Denmark crown the title after defeating in Argentina in the final, while the third edition of the tournament in the Kingdom saw Brazil beat Australia 6-0.
At the Asian level, the first final was for the club Saudi Arabia Al-Nasr, who lost the 1995 Asian Club Championship final to South Korean Seongnam Ilhwa Chunma 0-1, and crowned the 1997-1998 Asian Club Cup Champions title after beating Suwon Samsung Bluewings at the same stadium.
And between 1996 and 2002, Al Hilal won three continental titles at King Fahd Stadium, the first of which was the Asian Clubs Cup Champions after beating Japan’s Nagoya Grampus 3-1, then winning the Asian Club. Championship 1999-2000 when he beat Japan’s Jubilo Iwata 3 – 2, while his third victory came in 2000 through the Asian Super Cup when Al Hilal beat Japan’s Shimizu Bulls.
In 2014, Al Hilal lost at King Fahd Stadium, the AFC Champions League final, after drawing in home to the Western Sydney Wanderers 0-0 after losing in Australia 0-1, and then in 2017, drew with the Japanese Urawa Red Diamonds 1-1 in Riyadh Lose 0 – 1 in Saitama.
Al Hilal crowned the 2019 AFC Champions League title by playing the first leg against the Japanese Urawa Red Diamonds at King Saud University Stadium in Riyadh, which ended with a score of 1 – 0, and in the second leg at Saitama Stadium, Al Hilal he defeated 2-0, and crowns the champion of the 2019 edition.
The upcoming continental final, next Tuesday, will see a full public presence, after the Asian Football Confederation approved the Saudi Federation’s decision on the matter, while maintaining the protocols to deal with the “Covid-19” pandemic. in AFC and in The kingdom.
The delegation of the South Korean team of the Pohang Steelers arrived yesterday in Riyadh, in preparation to face the representative of Al-Hilal Saudi in the final of the AFC Champions League 2021.
Pohang’s team was received by some employees of the Saudi Football Association.
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