Al Rayyan To Train In Netherlands As QSL Teams Build Up For New Season

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Fawad Hussain | The Peninsula

Doha, Qatar: Al Rayyan were impressive in the previous season finishing runners-up in the Qatar Stars League (QSL) but they remained without a silverware, also losing the Qatar Cup final.

Hoping to bag maximum trophies in the new season, the Lions are looking to attain full readiness as they begin their preparations with an overseas training camp to be set up in the Netherlands next month.

According to a recent announcement made by the club, Al Rayyan's training camp will be held from July 10 to 29, with the 2024-2025 QSL season getting underway on August 9. Also Al Shamal, who finished in ninth position in the top flight, will follow Al Rayyan as they announced to set up their preparatory camp in Tiel, the Netherlands from July 14 to August 2.

Meanwhile, Al Sadd, who relished a dominant season winning the QSL and Amir Cup titles, are solidifying their squad following the departure of Algerian striker Baghdad Bounedjah, who departed after spending more than eight years with the Qatar giants.

The Wesam Rizk-coached side will be boosted with new signing Rafa Mujica, who was roped in by the club for four years starting from the forthcoming season.

The forward, Mujica, who represented Spain at the U19 level, last played for Portuguese side FC Arouca. He scored a total of 37 times in 68 appearances in all competitions for the club, including 20 in Portugal's top flight last season.

“It feels great to sign for Al Sadd Club. I have great enthusiasm and passion for the beginning of my new phase with the club,” the 25-year-old had said.

In their build up ahead of the new season, Al Sadd have also renewed contracts of Qatar internationals Tarek Salman and Boualem Khoukhi with both getting extensions for the next three seasons.

In other major developments ahead of the new season, Al Ahli have signed Croatian coach Igor Biscan for one season. The contract can be extended, the club said.

The 46-year-old, who is a former Liverpool player, has also coached Croatia U21, Dinamo Zagreb and Al Shabab during his managerial career. The Brigadiers will hope for a better season under Biscan after finishing 10th in the top flight.

Elsewhere, Al Duhail are also looking for a turnaround after an abysmal season, strengthening their squad as they have recently announced the signing of Spaniard Luis Alberto from Serie A side Lazio.


The Peninsula

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