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Saudi Pro League: Which players have joined Saudi teams this summer? Part 2


Al-Hilal have won a record four Asian Champions Leagues and 18 Saudi titles. Ex-Benfica boss Jorge Jesus replaced former Oxford manager Ramon Diaz this summer.

They made a splash on 15 August when they signed Brazilian superstar Neymar from Paris St-Germain for a reported 90m euros (£77.6m), while also acquiring Serbia striker Aleksandar Mitrovic from Fulham in a reported £50m deal.

Another PIF-owned club, they also spent £47m this summer to sign Wolves captain Ruben Neves and also brought in Kalidou Koulibaly from Chelsea, former Barcelona player Malcom from Zenit St Petersburg and Lazio midfielder Sergej Milinkovic-Savic for big fees.

Ex-Porto striker Moussa Marega, former West Brom playmaker Matheus Pereira, Peru winger Andre Carrillo, once of Watford, and Morocco goalkeeper Yassine Bounou are also in the team.


Al-Ittihad - also owned by PIF - are Al-Hilal's big rivals in a derby known as Saudi's Clasico. They are the defending champions, with ex-Wolves and Tottenham boss Nuno Espirito Santo leading them to last season's title. Scot Ian Cathro is one of Nuno's first-team coaches.

Formed in 1927, they are Saudi Arabia's oldest football club.

They were one of the biggest movers this summer, signing Real Madrid's Ballon d'Or winner Karim Benzema and N'Golo Kante, formerly of Chelsea, plus £25m Celtic forward Jota.

They join ex-Brazil keeper Marcelo Grohe, former West Brom defender Ahmed Hegazi and Brazilian midfielder Igor Coronado, who played for Banbury United in 2012 after coming through the MK Dons youth set-up.

The club has also completed a deal for Brazil midfielder Fabinho from Liverpool.

Nine-time champions Al-Nassr beat their league rivals to worldwide headlines by several months when they signed five-time Ballon d'Or winner Cristiano Ronaldo in January after his Manchester United exit. He scored 14 goals as they finished second in the Pro League.

Ronaldo's fellow Portuguese Luis Castro replaced Rudi Garcia as boss this summer, and they are another PIF-owned club.

Bayern Munich winger Sadio Mane, Inter Milan captain Marcelo Brozovic, Man Utd full-back Alex Telles and Lens midfielder Seko Fofana also made the move recently, as well as Ronaldo's Portugal team-mate Otavio, who joined from Porto.

Spain defender Aymeric Laporte then followed from Man City, joining ex-Arsenal keeper David Ospina, former Argentina international Gonzalo Martinez, ex-Benfica forward Talisca and Ivory Coast defender Ghislain Konan at the club. Saudi international Mukhtar Ali played for England at Under-16 and U17 level.


Al-Okhdood, who have never won a major trophy, were in the third tier just five years ago. Their manager Jorge Mendonca was Reading's assistant boss from 2018 to 2019.

The Najran-based team have no household names, with veteran Brazilian goalkeeper Paulo Vitor joining from Portuguese side Chaves this summer.


Another one of the smaller teams in the top flight, Al-Raed have no significant silverware and are managed by ex-Shakhtar Donetsk boss Igor Jovicevic. They share a ground with Buraidah rivals Al-Taawoun.

Their Brazilian defender Pablo Santos has played in the top flights in Portugal, Russia and Turkey.


Al-Riyadh's best season was in 1993-94, when they finished second in the league and won the Crown Prince Cup. They were promoted last season and have just hired Belgian manager Yannick Ferrera.

Goalkeeper Martin Campana has won nine caps for Uruguay, while former Southampton forward Juanmi is on loan from Real Betis.


Six-time champions Al-Shabab are currently looking for a new manager.

Former Valencia and Argentina midfielder Ever Banega is their most famous player. Colombia international Gustavo Cuellar and goalkeeper Kim Seung-gyu, who has gone to three World Cups with South Korea, are also in the squad.


Al-Taawoun, the 2019 King Cup winners, are managed by Brazilian Pericles Chamusca, his 30th managerial job despite only being 57.

Spanish midfielder Alvaro Medran made five appearances for Real Madrid in 2015-16.


Al-Tai, who have yet to win a major trophy, appointed Croat Kresimir Rezic as their manager this summer.

Guinea-Bissau midfielder Alfa Semedo had loan spells in the English Championship with Nottingham Forest and Reading between 2019 and 2021.


Al-Wehda, who were formed 88 years ago, last won a trophy in 1966 with the King Cup. Former Greece midfielder Georgios Donis is their manager, having moved from Al-Fateh this summer to replace Jose Luis Sierra.

Costa Rica defender Oscar Duarte scored at the 2014 World Cup against Uruguay, while midfielder Faycal Fajr and goalkeeper Munir Mohamedi both featured at the 2018 World Cup for Morocco.


Former AC Milan, Atletico Madrid, West Brom and Romania player Cosmin Contra was named Damac manager earlier this year. The club have no major silverware.

Domagoj Antolic won six caps for Croatia and Adam Maher played for the Netherlands, while winger Georges-Kevin Nkoudou played in the Premier League at Tottenham and Burnley.


Khaleej narrowly avoided relegation last season, having been promoted the previous season. They are managed by Portuguese Pedro Emanuel.

Veteran defender Lisandro Lopez won four caps for Argentina and played for Benfica and Inter Milan. Fabio Martins is one of four former Portugal youth internationals in the team.

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