Originally Posted by Vaughany
Cheers Jazzey, i c tht u support Ittihad (im guessin of Arabia!) so could u tell me about them and rivals Al Hilal (i.e. players, attendance average, finances, etc...) Also about other top players in the league. I know of Yasser Al-Qaytani (is he going to join Hilal? btw) but i dont know any other promising players. Cheers
Ittihad is the oldest club in the country. The club was established in Jeddah in 1928. Ittihad means United, so you could call them Jeddah United
We're currently the reigning Asian champions, and we've won 5 of the last 8 Saudi league championships.
Top players include, Mohammed Noor (best midfielder in Saudi Arabia), Manaf Abushgeir (left midfield), Hamad alMontasheri (young defender who already cemented his place with the national team), Saud Kariri (defensive midfield), Redha Tokar (international defender), and Mabrouk Zayed (no1 goalie). That's the core of the team, there are many other stars in the team. The majority of the Saudi national team play for Ittihad. And most of the rest of Ittihad's squad are ex-international.
Rising stars include Mohammed Amin Haidar (versatile attacker) and Osama alMowallad (defender). I would say Montasheri is established now, so I won't put him in this category.
Attendance figures aren't available, but Ittihad are believed to have the highest average attendance, with Hilal a close second (Hilal have the bigger stadium but Ittihad have more reliable attendance). I would estimate the season average to be between 15-20 thousand.
As for finances. Ittihad is one of the richest clubs in the region. It has long been associated with Jeddah's main merchant families, so fund raising isn't a problem.
BTW our main rivals are Ahli not Hilal.
phew, that was a long post