The clubs of the Saudi Professional League are preparing for a hot new season filled with international stars, which necessitates choosing the best ways to equip their players, especially with regard to preparatory camps, whether internal or external.
The federation had launched the summer transfer period with heavy-caliber deals. As he announced the signing directly with Real Madrid striker, French star Karim Benzema, before joining his compatriot N’Golo Kante, the English star of Chelsea, at a time when many names are approaching to join the big stars in the Saudi League, led by Portuguese star Cristiano Ronaldo, captain of the Al-Nasr team.
The options of the Saudi teams are mostly directed towards the European continent to start their preparations for the new season, at a time when Al-Ittihad, the defending champion and qualifier to participate in the Club World Cup to be hosted by Saudi Arabia next December, chose to set up an indoor camp in Taif.
The title holder was the only one among the teams that chose the internal preparatory school through a camp that will start in the city of Taif on the tenth of next July, as the team will begin the preparation period on the fifth of the same month by conducting medical examinations for the players in batches before the start of the assembly date.
Al-Ittihad chose Taif on the basis that the start of its season will start from there, through the King Salman Cup for Arab Clubs, which will start on the 27th of next month. In the first round of the tournament, Al-Ittihad will meet its counterpart, the Tunisian sports team, Esperance, at King Fahd Stadium in Taif.
The holder of the Saudi Professional League title will continue his matches in the city of Taif in the Arab Championship, as he will face in the second round the qualifier against Al-Hilal of Sudan and Sfaxien of Tunisia, to conclude his matches in the group stage by facing the Iraqi police on the second of August next.
As for the Al-Nasr team, which finished runner-up to its counterpart Al-Ittihad in the league table, its destination will be in Portugal; As he will launch his preparations for the new season on the third of next month, and the camp will continue until the 21st of the same month.
The second step in preparing Al-Nassr for the new season will be to participate in the Japan Championship as a preparatory Asian tour from July 21 to 29, as this tour will include playing two friendly matches against the Italian teams Inter Milan and French Paris Saint-Germain.
Al-Nasr will participate with its main stars in the tournament after completing an official agreement to take part in this preparatory round, which is part of the Al-Asmi club’s preparations for the new season, in which it hopes to return to the podiums after leaving empty-handed last season.
Taif will be Al-Nasr’s first stop to launch its new season. Where he will participate in the King Salman Cup for Arab clubs, and he will be with Al-Ittihad, which hosts their matches at King Fahd Stadium in Taif, as well as the youth team.
As for Al-Hilal, which came third in the standings of the last edition of the league, it will start on Sunday, the 25th of this month, after granting its players a 24-day leave since the end of the season.
The return of the blue team will be through medical examinations for the players and sports tests to determine their levels before the start of the preparatory camp, which will be in Austria, and will start on the second of next month, and will continue until July 20, “the same month.”
The capital’s blue did not reveal the features of its friendly matches that it will play during the preparatory camp in Austria, but the return of Al-Hilal will be to Abha as the first stage of the new season. Where he will launch his season with the King Salman Cup for Arab Clubs.
The matches of Al-Hilal team will be held at Prince Sultan bin Abdulaziz Stadium in Mahalla, in the city of Abha, where it will face in the first round Al-Ahly Tripoli of Tunisia on July 27, while the Qatari Al-Sadd will meet at the same stadium on the 30th of the same month, and the group stage will conclude by facing Moroccan Wydad on the second of August. next.
Next to Al-Hilal, Al-Shabab will be fourth in the last edition of the league in Austria; Where he establishes his external camp there, and the white lion will start his preparations on the 29th of this month in the external camp.
And according to what was announced by the Capital Club, the youth team camp will extend for three weeks, during which the team will play four friendly matches, provided that the team will then join the city of Taif to start its matches in the King Salman Cup for Arab clubs. Where he will face Al-Nasr first, then Zamalek of Egypt, to conclude his matches in the Arab Championship, the group stage stage, by facing the Tunisian Monastir Union on the third of August.
As for Al-Ahly, who is returning to adult competitions after a season in which it was relegated to the first division and quickly rose, it has not yet determined any features of the preparation period for the new season, and whether its camp will be external or internal.
The start of the Al-Ahly team in the new season will be on August 11, which is the date set in advance for the start of the new football season.
A number of clubs announced their preparatory programs for the new football season, where the Al-Fayhaa team will be in a preparatory camp to be held in Austria, and the same will be the case for the Al-Fateh team, which announced the launch of the camp on the ninth of next month after an expected return of the players on the third of the same month that includes medical and sports examinations, and extends The typical team camp runs until July 29, with the team playing four friendly matches in preparation for the new season.
As for cooperation, he chose the Netherlands, an experience that he repeated a lot in the past seasons, as Sukari Al-Qassim will continue its preparations for the new season amidst technical stability led by Brazilian Shamuska, the coach of the team. The newly promoted Riyadh joined the Saudi Professional League next to Al-Taawon, where it will hold a preparatory camp in the Dutch city of Teal for three weeks, during which the team will play six friendly matches that will be revealed successively.
Abha chose Turkey to host its preparations for the new season after a period that was not ideal last season, and the external camp will start on the second of next July for a period of three weeks. The team will play a number of test matches before the start of the new season.
Knight of the South revealed the “Damak” team about its preparatory camp for the new season, which will be in Spain, and will start on July 13th, and will extend until August 3rd, and friendly matches will be determined later.
So far, Al-Ettifaq, Al-Raed, Al-Tai, Al-Wahda, Al-Khaleej and Al-Akhdood clubs have not announced any details of their preparations for the new season.