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SPL kicks off under the patronage of Turki AL Shekih



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SPL kicks off under the patronage of Turki AL Shekih

The inaugural ceremony of the Saudi Professionals League 2018-2019 season will be held on Tuesday under the patronage of Turki Al-Sheikh, Chairman of the General Sports Authority as the biggest tournament in the history of the league.
The ceremony will be held at the indoor arena of King Abdullah Sports City.
128 foreign players holding 41 nationalities will participate in the league including 90 newcomers were signed by the Saudi Pro League clubs during the summer transfer window.
The league includes 35 African players, 63 South American players, 16 European players, 12 Asian players and two North American players.
240 matches will be held in 30 rounds over the coming season.
The Saudi clubs go into the new season in a new shape after His Excellency Prince Mohamed Bin Salman the Crown Prince of Saudi Arabia ended the debt crisis of the clubs that hampered their ability to conclude new contracts and made the clubs face The threat of financial and disciplinary sanctions.
The league will start on Thursday with the participation of 16 teams for the first time.
The clubs of 2018-2019 season are: Al-Hilal, Al-Ahli, Al-Nasr, Al-Ittihad, Al-Ittifaq, Al-Fateh, Al-Raed, Al-Faisaly, AL-Taween, AL-Fayhaa, Al-Shabab, Al-Batin, Al-Qadsya, Ohod, Al-Wahda and Al-Hazm.
The first day of the opening round will see three matches between Al-Ittifaq and Al-Raed, Al-Nasr and Ohod and in the third game Al-Wahda will face Al-Hazm.
On Friday Al-Qadsya will meet Al-Fateh, Al-Hilal will host AL-Fayhaa, Al-Ittihad will visit Al-Shabab and Al-Faisaly will face Al-Batin.
On Saturday the matchday will be concluded with Al-Ahli game against AL-Taween.