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


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

Saudi Pro League teams have made many headlines this summer, with stars like Neymar, Karim Benzema and Riyad Mahrez joining Cristiano Ronaldo in the country.

Saudi Arabia's Public Investment Fund recently took over four of the country's top teams - Al-Ittihad, Al-Nassr, Al-Hilal and Al-Ahli - while the other 14 top-flight clubs have some big-name players too.

So many players - and managers - have recently moved to Saudi Arabia, that it's hard to keep up.

Here's an easy guide to which stars are playing for which clubs.

Abha, from the city of the same name, were playing in the third tier as recently as 2017-18 before winning back-to-back promotions. They have never won a major trophy.

They are managed by Czeslaw Michniewicz, who was Poland's boss at last winter's World Cup in Qatar, and their biggest name is Felipe Caicedo, the 34-year-old Ecuador striker who played for Manchester City 14 years ago.


Al-Ahli are one of the country's biggest teams, and one of the four taken over by the PIF recently. The three-time champions were in the second tier last season but went up as champions. The Jeddah side, who share a ground with Al-Ittihad, are still looking for a manager.

Al-Ahli have been busy attracting talent from the Premier League this summer, having signed French winger Allan Saint-Maximin from Newcastle for an undisclosed fee and paid £30m deal to bring Manchester City forward Riyad Mahrez to the club.

Ex-Liverpool striker Roberto Firmino and former Chelsea goalkeeper Edouard Mendy are their other two biggest signings this summer. Ezgjan Alioski and Modou Barrow have both played in the Premier League, for Leeds and Swansea respectively.

Ivory Coast midfielder Franck Kessie arrived from Barcelona, while 25-year-old Turkey defender Merih Demiral has joined from Atalanta.


Former Rangers and Aston Villa boss Steven Gerrard will manage Al-Ettifaq this season, with England and Liverpool midfielder Jordan Henderson joining him after completing a deal worth £12m plus add-ons.

Scotland defender Jack Hendry has signed from Club Bruges, the 28-year-old having also spent a period last season on loan in Italy with Cremonese.

Winger Amin Younes, who has won eight senior caps for Germany, should be back in their squad this year after a loan spell with Utrecht. Forward Robin Quaison is a Sweden international.

Their last silverware was in the 1980s.


Al-Fateh's only title came back in 2013. They are managed by former West Ham boss Slaven Bilic, who was appointed in July to replace former Blackburn Rovers midfielder Georgios Donis, who has taken over Al-Wehda.

Their most notable player is ex-Barcelona winger Cristian Tello, who won one cap for Spain. Fellow Spaniard Fran Velez and former Monaco left-back Tristan Dingome are also in their squad.


Al-Fayha won the Saudi title in 2017 and the King Cup in 2022. Their manager is former Yugoslavia international Vuk Rasovic. Their Al Majma'ah Sports City stadium, with a 7,000 capacity, is the smallest in the league.

Veteran goalkeeper Vladimir Stojkovic is a former Serbia international and has played for Wigan and Nottingham Forest. Striker Milan Pavkov also played for Serbia, although he was sent off against Germany in his only cap. North Macedonia's Aleksandar Trajkovski scored the goal that denied Italy the chance to go to the 2022 World Cup.


Al-Hazem, who were promoted last season, have never won a major trophy. Boss Filipe Gouveia played for an managed a host of Portuguese teams.

They are one of the few teams in the league without any well-known players. Goalkeeper Aymen Dahmen has played for Tunisia.

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