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Omar Abdulrahman's record-breaking loan move to Al Hilal is Europe's loss

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Not many new signings touch down in a foreign country at 5 a.m. to be greeted by hundreds of fans at the airport, but that is what happened in Riyadh on Wednesday morning.

This was no Brazilian or Spanish superstar arriving however but Omar Abdulrahman, the United Arab Emirates international signing for Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal on a year-long loan.

The amount of fans was not the only impressive number. The Saudi champions are reportedly playing around €15 million to Al Ain, the club near...

Omar Abdulrahman joins Al Hilal on loan from Al Ain in record-breaking deal

Omar Abdulrahman
Omar Abdulrahman is one of Asia'a brightest stars.

Former Asian Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman has joined Al Hilal on a one-year loan deal from Al Ain, the Saudi Arabian club have announced.

Abdulrahman, who was named the continent's leading player in 2016 when he guided United Arab Emirates side Al Ain to the final of the Asian Champions League, will join the Jorge Jesus-coached Al Hilal for the upcoming Saudi league season and play alongside current Asian Player of the Year Omar Khribin.

According to Arab News, Al Hilal will pay Al Ain €15...

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Diego Maradona leaves position with Al-Fujairah FC in UAE's second-tier

Maradona coaching Fujairah FC
Diego Maradona has left his post as manager of Al-Fujairah in the UAE after less than a year in charge.

Diego Maradona has left his position as the manager of United Arab Emirates second-tier club Al-Fujairah just hours after his team failed to gain automatic promotion to the country's top flight, his lawyer Matias Morla announced.

"After today's draw and not having achieved the goal of promotion for Fujairah, Diego Maradona will no longer be the coach of the team.The decision was taken by mutual agreement and Diego leaves the team in a playoffs position and wishing the best to the club that opened...

 By Paul Murphy

AFC predicts that expanded 2019 Asian Cup will spark football boom

The Asian Football Confederation (AFC) have revealed ambitious plans to use the expanded 2019 Asian Cup to make football Asia's number one sport.

The 2019 tournament in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) will showcase the best of Asian talent and feature Thailand and Vietnam as Southeast Asia's representatives, while the Philippines and Myanmar are still in with a chance of qualifying.

The Organising Committee for the continental championship met in Bangkok this week and outlined their vision for the...

Matildas' star Sam Kerr finalist for top Asian player of 2017

Australia's Mark Milligan and Bailey Wright recap a long qualifying campaign and what to expect from them at the World Cup.

Australia's Sam Kerr is on the three-player shortlist for the Asian Women's Player of the Year, the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) announced on Saturday.

Kerr was controversially excluded from the final list of nominees for FIFA equivalent award in September, despite a stellar season for the Matildas and Perth Glory. Japan's Saki Kumagai and Sung Hyang-Sim of North Korea are also on the shortlist, but Kerr is the front runner to win the top prize.

The 24-year-old's exclusion from the final shortlist...