The 45th edition is launched in exceptional circumstances, headed by "the absence of the masses"
The soccer hustle and bustle returns to the Saudi stadiums today, but without fans, when the 45th edition of the Saudi League championship, which bears the name “Prince Mohammed Bin Salman Professionals Cup League”, begins, amid exceptional circumstances, due to the continuation of the protocols and regulations for the Coronavirus pandemic, and on Chief among them is the application of "social distancing" with the absence of fans attending, as well as differences in some parts of the tournament regulations, such as the continuation of the five substitutions and the prohibition of hugging and shaking hands when scoring goals.
The current version is witnessing an expected conflict between Al Hilal, the title holder of the last edition of the tournament, and Al Nasr team, which showed different and great preparations from the rest of the league teams, with the amount of deals that he concluded in preparation for the next competitions, in addition to the youth team that may show a serious face to compete for the championship after its qualitative deals Distinctive and technical readiness.
In general, the Saudi Professional League teams have completed their preparations for the new version of the tournament, with a number of distinct deals that may reduce the technical differences between the front teams and the middle and newly emerging teams of the professional league.
Today, Saturday, four matches will be held, where Al Hilal, the champion of the last version, will meet his counterpart, Al Ain, the newly promoted team of the Saudi Professional League, while the youth will make their first appearance in front of Abha in the capital, Riyadh, and Al Taawon faces his counterpart Al Faisaly in the city of Buraidah, and Al Qadisiyah will take its first test in the professional league against Al Wahda .
The first round competitions will be completed with four matches on Sunday; Where Al-Nasr faces his counterpart Al-Fateh in the capital, Riyadh, while Al-Ahly will be on a date with a difficult task outside its home, when he is a guest on the subcontractors returning to the championship competitions, and the pioneer will be a guest on your inclusion in Abha, while Al-Ittihad will face its counterpart in the city of Jeddah.
Hilal begins the journey of defending its title with a seemingly mysterious confrontation against the newly promoted Al Ain team from the city of Al-Baha, in the midst of a number of absences surrounding the Blue team in light of the convergence of time between the two seasons, and Hilal’s continued participation in the AFC Champions League after the end of local competition.
Al Hilal is playing its match against Al Ain at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in the capital, Riyadh, after the end of its contract with the Sila Sports Company, which owns the rights of King Saud University Stadium in the past three years.
Al-Hilal supporters are waiting for the first appearance of the team after its players were infected with the Corona virus, which led to its exclusion from the AFC Champions League, and despite all the elements being recovered, there are a number of names that will not participate in the first confrontation due to lack of fitness readiness.
The Romanian Razvan, coach of Al Hilal, seeks to score a good start for the defending champion’s blue team, while Al Ain team is looking to avoid losing to Al Hilal, looking for a breakeven point in its first appearance, or even winning and winning the three points.
In the capital, Riyadh, the youth team is looking forward to making a good start in its first appearance in the new version against the Abha team, in the confrontation that will be held at Prince Faisal bin Fahd Stadium in Riyadh.
The attention of the youth fans and Saudi football in general will be towards the stadium, to watch the debut of the Argentine star Ever Pangea, who recently joined the Saudi club from Seville, Spain, after a distinguished career full of achievements and championships.
The youth completed their preparations in a different way for the new season in search of entering the competition circle, after years of moving away from tournaments and even serious competition for them, but the qualitative deals that the team completed this summer may contribute to its presence on the list of competitors to achieve the title.
As for the Abha team, it enters the match amidst technical stability under the leadership of Tunisian coach Abdel Razzaq Chebbi, who continues to lead the team since it was in the First Division, and Abha has succeeded in equipping its ranks with a number of local and foreign deals.
In Buraidah, cooperation meets with his counterpart Al-Faisali at the King Abdullah Sports City Stadium, in a confrontation through which cooperation seeks to record a positive start and erase the meager image that appeared on it last season, where he was one of the candidates for the first division, before ensuring his survival in the last moments From last season.
The team is led by French coach Patrice Carteron, who scored a good start with the team in the AFC Champions League, and the cooperation succeeded in addressing the defect that occurred to him last season, by equipping the team with a number of distinctive deals and resolving the dispute with the Cameroonian striker Tawamba and bringing him back to the ranks of the team.
As for Al-Faisali, it is entering its new season under the leadership of its Brazilian coach Shamouska, who has been leading it for three seasons, amid the lack of services of a number of its players due to transfers, such as Khaled Al-Ghamdi and Ahmed Ashraf’s return to his Al-Hilal team, in addition to the departure of the duo Yusef Al-Jabali and Khalim Hyland to the Al-Batin team.
Annabi Sedir is looking forward to surpassing the transfer stage, which he is accustomed to in every season, in exchange for the players glowing during their participation in his ranks and their transfer to other clubs.
Finally, Al-Qadisiyah team is going through its first test after rising to the professional league against Al-Wehda, one of the favorite teams to continue its distinction in the new season, especially since Al-Wehda will participate this season in the AFC Champions League for the first time in its history.
The two teams meet this evening at King Abdul Aziz Stadium in the city of Al-Sharaea in Makkah, where Al-Wehdah is looking forward to victory, while Al-Qadisiyah team seeks to score a positive start in its first appearance, after returning again to the Saudi Professional League.
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