Pre-Season Training: Al Gharafa To Head For Slovakia Al Arabi Announce Austria Camp

(MENAFN- The Peninsula) Fawad Hussain | The Peninsula

Doha: Qatar Stars League (QSL) side Al Gharafa on Monday announced they will hold a pre-season training camp in Slovakia as clubs head for Europe ahead of the new season.

Al Gharafa under Portuguese Pedro Martins – declared as the best coach of the 2023-2024 season – will kick off their overseas preparations from July 16 with their training camp scheduled to conclude on August 1.

The Cheetahs were impressive in the last season as they stayed in contention for the QSL title until the end before settling for a third place behind eventual champions Al Sadd and runners-up Al Rayyan.

Martins will look for a bright start in the top flight which is scheduled to begin on August 9 as Al Gharafa will start as among the favourites. But their first major challenge would be the AFC Champions League Elite qualifiers in August.

Meanwhile, Younes Ali-coached Al Arabi will travel to Vienna, Austria ahead of the new season, the club has announced.

Their training camp will take place from July 7 to 27 with coach Ali hoping for a turnaround after the Dream Team finished fifth in the previous season.

Also aiming for a strong performance in the upcoming season, Umm Salal have planned a training camp in Limburg, the Netherlands from July 17 to August 3.

The Orange Fortress finished in seventh position in the QSL but they had clinched a trophy in the last season winning the maiden Ooredoo Cup crown in January.

Earlier, Al Rayyan and Al Shamal had also announced to travel to the Netherlands to prepare for the new season. The Lions will start hold their camp from July 10 to 29 while Al Shamal, who recently signed striker Baghdad Bounedjah, will also be based in the Netherlands from July 14 to August 2.


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