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The final card is between Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia, the defending champions, and Al-Duhail Al-Qatari.



The final card is between Al-Hilal Saudi Arabia, the defending champions, and Al-Duhail Al-Qatari.

Al-Hilal will be looking to retain the title and extend their record tally to five, but first Al-Thumama must overtake Al-Tuhail at the World Cup Stadium.

The winner qualifies for East’s representative Urawa Red Diamonds, Japan, to return home on April 29 and meet in Urawa on May 6.

And if they retain the title, Al-Hilal will become only the second Saudi team to achieve the feat after Al-Ittihad in 2004 and 2005, which won the title in 1991, 2000, 2019 and 2021.

The AFC will complete last year’s edition of the Champions League 2022 in the current year in an attempt to adjust the scheduling of club competitions in line with the European calendar.

After the elimination rounds for the Western region began earlier in the week with the assembly in Qatar, Al-Hilal defeated Emirati youth Al-Ahli 3-1 and then Iran’s Fulat Kostan 1-0.

And after “Jaeem” scored the winning goal in the 87th minute against Foulat Al-Irani, Malian striker Moussa Marika said, “We kept our consistency, we didn’t let them score, and in the end we were able to win. The goal. I scored because of the team’s build-up from behind.” said.

The semi-finalist continued, “Having suffered some fatigue as a result of our frequent participation, we need to recover and be well prepared for the next match before facing Al Tuhail.”

Al-Hilal returned from a successful participation in the Club World Cup in Morocco, where they reached the final for the first time in the Saudi club’s history, losing 3–5 to European champions Real Madrid.

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In turn, his Argentina coach Ramon Diaz said, “I congratulate the players who put in a very good effort, because they recently finished a strong competition in the Club World Cup, and then they are now in a strong competition in the AFC Champions League. , they play hard every three days.”

On the decisive Western Region clash against Al Tuhail, the 63-year-old former international striker added, “We know Al Tuhail very well and their coach Hernan Crespo has played under my supervision and we have achieved many achievements together. Both teams have great players in Saudi Arabia and Qatar. Because of that, it will be interesting and interesting for the big fans watching the match against them.

Conflict between teacher and student

Al-Tuhail became the second Qatari club to qualify for the finals after Al-Saad, who won the title in 2011, beating compatriot Al-Rayyan 7-6 after a 1-1 draw. , then Al-Shabaab Al-Saudi 2-1 on Thursday.

He is guided by his Argentine coach Hernán Crespo, who began his illustrious career with River Plate under Diaz’s tutelage in the mid-1990s and crowned him with the 1996 Copa Libertadores.

A sentiment shared by Diaz on Saturday, “It’s great to have two Argentine coaches in the semi-finals. I know Crespo very well. He has experience and will be a strong challenger.”

Crespo, a former international striker, expressed his happiness at qualifying, saying, “We have achieved a historic feat. We have never qualified for the semi-finals before. I am proud to be a part of this historic victory..Al-Hilal are champions and a great experience, but I told my players: ‘You become champions.’ If desired, you must defeat heroes +”.

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He continued, “But they have a lot of experience. A month ago, they beat Flamengo (the Brazilians in the Club World Cup) and then played a great match against Real Madrid (the Spaniards in the final).”

“He’s got a knock and we’re waiting for the medical team’s assessment,” Crespo (47) said after the quarter-final when Belgian Edmilson Jr., the championship’s top scorer, was out with an injury. “If Edmilson doesn’t play, we have replacements ready,” he said.

In turn, his Kenyan striker Michael Olonga, the best player in the face of the Saudi youth, said, “At the beginning of the match, I was unlucky to score because of Edmilson’s good cross pass, but in such matches the striker must be patient and try.”

“To continue my role and try to use the gaps and move well, the coach asked me at half-time and in the end I scored two goals,” he added.

He added, “Every player wants to play strong matches against opponents at the highest level and at Al Tuhail we believe in team play as the support of my colleagues is what makes me effective on the field.”

The seventh match between Al-Tuhail and Al-Hilal will take place in the AFC Champions League. Al-Tuhail won the first match, Al-Hilal won twice against three draws and Al-Hilal excelled in the quarter-finals. 2015 Edition (4-1 and 2-2).

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Emirates News Agency – Khaled Al Qasimi praised the achievements of Sharjah Chess Club players in the UAE Under-20 Individual Championship.



Emirates News Agency – Khaled Al Qasimi praised the achievements of Sharjah Chess Club players in the UAE Under-20 Individual Championship.

Sharjah, September 23 / WAM / Sheikh Khalid bin Humaid Al Qasimi, Chairman of Sharjah Cultural Chess Club, has extended his warm greetings and blessings to Sheikh Dr. Sultan bin Muhammad Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah. In the UAE Individual Chess Championship for U20, the club’s players won the first three places, including the second place in the men’s category.

Sheikh Khalid bin Humaid Al Qasimi confirmed in his statement that the Sharjah Chess Club achieved these achievements with the grace of God and the attention and guidance of the Ruler of Sharjah. The club and its players, and the management of the club, appreciated the efforts of its players and administrative and technical staff.

Clubman, Saeed Sultan Al-Tahar won the UAE Youth U-20 Championship gold medal and title with a total of six points from seven rounds, while Clubman Yahya Shuaib Al-Khaf finished second. The silver medal for the event was five and a half points, with player Hamad Badr Hover taking third place and bronze by five points in seven rounds.

At the UAE Men’s Championship, the club’s player Salem Abdel Rahim Boyoun collected five points in eight rounds to finish second and the silver medal.

Sharjah Cultural Chess Club Secretary General Waheeb Jaber Al Jaroni affirmed the club’s commitment to training programs to raise the standard of its players in an effort to achieve results that satisfy ambitions. Al Qasimi and his passion for improving players’ performance, raising their technical level and achieving goals.

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Pochettino’s position in Chelsea’s medical staff after player injuries



Pochettino’s position in Chelsea’s medical staff after player injuries

Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino insists the medical staff at the west London outfit are not responsible for the player’s injuries that have disrupted his start to life with the struggling English Football League side.

Pochettino only had 15 ready players during last weekend’s disappointing draw at Bournemouth.
After the club’s takeover from American Todd Buhle’s conglomerate in 2021, despite spending around $1.2 billion to attract new players, the Blue Team suffers from a major disadvantage.
He missed 12 players against Bournemouth, forcing Pochettino to call up three under-19 players who had not previously featured with the first team.
Residents of the team clinic include Frenchmen Christopher Ngungu and Wesley Fobana, Reece James, Belgian Romeo Lafia, Carne Chukwu, Emeka, Trevo Saloba and Ecuadorian Moise Caicedo with an impressive contract.
Ahead of Sunday’s clash against Aston Villa, Yadim is in fourteenth place with Chelsea having won five matches.
But Pochettino did not hold the medical staff accountable. “Before we came here, we did everything to analyze the risks to create a clear picture of the serious injuries that occurred last season.”
He continued, “It has to do with the player’s file, the risks he is exposed to. Not with the people working on the medical staff.”
He added, “I think we have to respect these professional and qualified departments of the club. That’s why they work in football. Players have individual risks that need to be analyzed.”
The former Tottenham coach concluded: “There’s also unhappiness. We’ve had injuries in a season or maybe two, but with Chelsea they’re out of control.”

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Sweden Women’s National Team on the Brink of Crisis, “Kiss of the World Cup”



Sweden Women’s National Team on the Brink of Crisis, “Kiss of the World Cup”

Players from the Swedish and Spanish national soccer teams appeared Friday with a banner bearing the phrase “Our war is a global war,” in the world champions’ first appearance since the recent “World Cup kiss” crisis.

The Swedes showed their support for Spain as the two teams went head-to-head in the Europa League, with La Roja’s women winning by three goals to two.

The match, held in Gothenburg, Sweden, was a rematch of the World Cup semi-final in which Spain won 2-1, beating England with a clean sheet to clinch the title.

In a related context, the Associated Press reported Friday that the Spanish soccer federation has decided to remove the phrase “women’s soccer” from the national team’s name, which it hopes will reflect a “change in perceptions” and its vision for the game. .

The name of the women’s national team usually includes “women’s football”, and by removing this term, the women’s and men’s national teams are officially known as the “Spain national football team”.

After ‘World Cup kiss’ crisis… Spain’s women’s players agree to return to national team ‘on terms’

Most of Spain’s female players, world soccer champions and strikers, have agreed to join the national team to face Sweden and Switzerland in the European Nations League, after a kiss from former local football federation president Luis Rubiales. A treaty with the Confederation and the Government of Spain.

Most of Spain’s female players, who have been on strike since former local football federation president Luis Rubiales kissed player Jenny Hermoso, have agreed to join the national team to face Sweden and Switzerland. After reaching an agreement with the League of European Nations, the Confederation and the Spanish government.

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“We have reached a series of agreements to be drawn up and signed by the Federation and the Supreme Council for Sports,” Victor Francos, head of the Supreme Sports Council of the Ministry of Culture and Sports, said on Wednesday.

He added: “Out of the 23 female players invited, two requested the opportunity to leave the training camp (…) for reasons related to personal discomfort.”

“Kiss scandal”…Questions surround Spanish men’s national team coach

Spanish men’s national team coach Luis de la Fuente said he and his team will focus solely on football after questions were raised on Monday about the resignation of Spanish confederation president Luis Rubiales over a kissing scandal.

A government representative did not reveal the identity of the two players involved, but confirmed that they “will not be subject to sanctions” contrary to earlier reports.

On Monday, the new coach of the “La Roja” team, Montse Tammy, made a surprise by inviting 15 world champions and other female players to the matches between Sweden and Switzerland. Changes were made at the Football Association following an incident where Rubiales forced a kiss on the lips of national team star Hermoso during the World Cup coronation in Australia last month.

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