34 Articles
Javi Gracia named new coach of Al Sadd

Javi Gracia named new coach of Al Sadd

Former Watford and Valencia coach Javi Gracia has taken charge of Al Sadd. Gracia moves to the Qatari champions to succeed Xavi, after he left for Barcelona last month. The Spaniard, 51, has been out of work since his sacking by Valencia in May. Having worked in Greece, Russia and England, this is Gracia's first job outside of Europe. Source: Tribal Football
Barcelona Closing In On Xavi As B Team Coach Sergi Barjuan

Barcelona Closing In On Xavi As B Team Coach…

Xavi is currently coach of Al Sadd but prising him away from the Qatari club is not expected to be a problem, with the Spaniard eager to complete a sensational return. Barcelona are close to finalising Xavi Hernandez's long-anticipated return as coach, according to various reports in the Catalan press on Thursday, with B team coach Sergi Barjuan put in temporary charge following the sacking of Ronald Koeman. Barca president Joan Laporta was reportedly in talks with Xavi about the vacant position on
QNB Stars League: Al Sadd Defeat Qatar SC

QNB Stars League: Al Sadd Defeat Qatar SC

Al Sadd fought back from a goal deficit to beat Qatar SC 3-1 in Week 2 of the 2021-2022 season QNB Stars League at the Khalifa International Stadium on Thursday Sebastian Soria (39th minute) opened the scoring for Qatar SC, but Al Sadd fought back with goals from Andre Ayew (63rd minute), Guilherme Torres (78th minute) and Baghdad Bounedjah (83rd minute). In the sixth minute, Akram Afif found defender Mohammed Waad with a low flick inside the Qatar SC box, but the latter
Barca return reports 'incorrect' as Xavi signs new Al-Sadd deal

Barca return reports ‘incorrect’ as Xavi signs new Al-Sadd…

DOHA: Qatari side Al-Sadd announced on Wednesday (May 12) former Spain midfielder Xavi has signed a contract extension to keep him as their coach until 2023. Xavi, 41, has been linked with a move back to Barcelona to replace Ronald Koeman but the 2010 World Cup winner denied the reports in the Spanish press. "This is incorrect. I have a two-season contract with Al-Sadd, and I respect this contract, and I also respect the official negotiation methods between all parties," he said in
Xavi's victorious Qatari side Al-Sadd finish league campaign unbeaten

Xavi’s victorious Qatari side Al-Sadd finish league campaign unbeaten

Xavi Hernandez added another feather to his cap as manager when his champion side Al-Sadd finished the Qatar Stars League campaign without losing a single game after winning the final match of the season on Friday.Having already sealed the title when second-placed Al-Duhail were mathematically out of the title race last month, Al-Sadd beat Qatar Sports Club 3-0 to finish with 19 victories and three draws in their 22 games to win the title by 13 points.The former Barcelona and Spain midfielder previously

Al Sadd returns to winning ways, while Al Duhail…

Week 20 of the QNB Stars League's 2020-21 season saw thrilling action, with as many as 18 goals scored. On Saturday, all six games were played. Al Sadd, the new champions, returned to winning ways with a 2-0 victory over Al Gharafa to move to 54 points. The Wolves won their 17th game, while the Cheetahs fell to 30 points after suffering their ninth loss. They fell to the sixth position in the table as a result of this. Al Duhail beat Al

Al Sadd and Al Rayyan will play in the…

The ‘Qatar Clasico' games between Al Sadd and Al Rayyan in the QNB Stars League (QSL) have always drawn a lot of interest from fans and teams, and it will be the same today when the two Qatar football giants face off. Despite the fact that Xavi Hernandez's Al Sadd have already clinched the QSL trophy, the arch-rivals' Round 21 clash, which kicks off at 8:30 pm at Al Sadd Stadium, still has a lot on the table. Xavi, whose team has yet

Al Wakrah wins Al Sadd, while Al Duhail and…

Al Sadd, the recently crowned QNB Stars League (QSL) champions, were taken to a 1-1 draw at home by Al Wakrah yesterday, while Al Duhail beat Al Sailiya 2-0 in their respective Round 19 matches. Rodrigo Tabata gave Al Sadd the lead in the 25th minute, but Khalid Muneer equalized in the 83rd minute, resulting in Al Sadd's third draw of the season. As Al Duhail avenged their 1-2 defeat to Al Sailiya in the first leg, Michael Olunga converted a penalty (20)

Amir Cup: Al Sadd beat Al Gharafa 5-0

Al Sadd, the reigning champions, thrashed Al Gharafa 5-0 in the Amir Cup semi-finals at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium yesterday, thanks to a brilliant double by Algerian goal machine Baghdad Bounedjah. The Wolves will face Al Arabi in the semi-final after Al Arabi came back from a goal down to beat Al Sailiya 4-1 in the other quarter-final yesterday.  For Xavi Hernandez's Al Sadd, Nam Tae-hee, Akram Afif, and Yousuf Abdurisag were all on track in their search for a record-extending 18th Amir
HH the Amir Cup: Al Sadd Book Semifinal Spot with 5-0 Win over Al Gharafa

HH the Amir Cup: Al Sadd Book Semifinal Spot…

Al Sadd defeated Al Gharafa 5-0 in HH the Amir Cup 2021 quarterfinal clash that was played Wednesday at Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium. Nam Tae-hee put Al Sadd in the lead with the first goal in the 25th minute, before Baghdad Bounedjah added the second a minute later. Akram Afif then made it 3-0 at the stroke of halftime. Bounedjah scored his second goal and Al Sadds fourth in the 72nd minute, and then substitute Yousuf Abdurisag netted the fifth in the 80th

Al Sadd holds the Qatar Cup title with a…

As Al Sadd kept the Qatar Cup title with a 2-0 win over Al Duhail in the final at Abdullah Bin Khalifa Stadium, the dreaded striker Baghdad Bounedjah scored a brace. Al Sadd won the second award in the tournament yesterday, after its relaunch under the new name in 2014. That was also the Wolves' 74th overall title when they lived up to their idol’s name in front of socially-disconnected fans against The Red Knights. Bounedjah, who also scored a brace in last

Sensational thriller for Al Sadd to win against Al…

Last night, when they battled twice to steal a tense 3-2 win over Al Arabi, Al Sadd remained true to the word, thanks to fast goals by Baghdad Bounedjah and Santiago Cazorla late in the game. Leading the match 2-1, Al Arabi were sensing an upset victory over Al Sadd – still unbeaten in the season – but Bounedjah’s 90th-minute header and Cazorla’s stunning shot in the second minute of stoppage time shocked The Dream Team as The Wolves moved to just one

Qatar Cup 2021 Semifinal: Al Sadd Beat Al Rayyan…

Reigning champions Al Sadd beat Al Rayyan 1-0 to reach the final of 2021 Qatar Cup. Santi Cazorla scored the only goal of the feisty semifinal contest by converting a penalty kick in the 84th minute at the Al Duhail Stadium on Thursday. He was declared the Man of the Match for his brilliant allround show in what was a pulsating clash. The start of the much-awaited clash was exactly how fans expect in matches involving the two sides - plenty of action

Al Sadd storm into quarters with magnificent 7-0 win

Defending champions Al Sadd stormed into the quarter-finals of the Amir Cup with a crushing 7-0 win over Muaither SC yesterday. Al Sadd took a 2-0  lead at half time before stepping up to add five more after the break. Al Sadd’s seven-star goal fest was powered by Hashim Ali (10, 30), Mohammed Al Bayati (61), (64), Akram Afif (82), Yusuf Abdurisag (78, 90+2),  Asian Player of the Year in 2019, Afif played a major role in Al Sadd’s win, assisting in three

Al Sadd defeat Al Duhail in 2020-21 Ooredoo Cup’s…

Al Sadd beat Al Duhail 3-0 in a 2020-21 season Ooredoo Cup’s postponed match from Round 1 (Group A) at the Qatar SC Stadium on Saturday. Nam Tae-Hee (third minute), Saoud Al Nasr (11th minute) and Rodrigo Tabata (83rd minute) scored for Al Sadd, who rose to second position in the group with seven points, one less than Al Wakrah. The game was postponed owing to both teams’ campaigns in the 2020 AFC Champions League. Al Duhail remained last in Group A with

Ooredoo Cup Round 4: Al Sadd edge Al Khor…

A goal at the start of second half helped Al Sadd beat Al Khor 1-0 in Round 4 (Group A) of the 2020-21 season Ooredoo Cup at the Qatar SC Stadium on Wednesday. Hashem Ali netted the winner in the 48th minute as Al Sadd registered their first win in the tournament. The Wolves have four points and Al Khor six. In the fifth minute, Al Sadd’s Baha Mamdouh was shown the yellow card for a reckless push against Leonardo De Souza. Two

Amir Basketball Cup Final: Al Sadd vs Al Arabi

The stage is set for an action packed Wednesday night at the Gharafa Sports Club for the 18th annual Amir Cup presented by the Qatar Basketball Federation. Coaches for Al Sadd (Vassilis Bratsiakos) and Al Arabi  (Hatem Mamlok) are set to heat up the sports stadium with the fire in their belly and are their very vocal sidelines antics and advice. The game will tip off 06.00pm Wednesday, November 4, 2020 and will be broadcast live on QBF YouTube and Al Kass Sports

Santi Cazorla of Al Sadd names best player of…

Santi Cazorla of Al Sadd has been adjudged the 2020-21 season QNB Stars League’s Best Player for the months of September & October, 2020. The attacking midfielder, who joined the Al Sadd ranks this season, scored four goals and gave as many assists, according to STATS, the official statistics and figures provider for the Qatar Stars League. In the process, Cazorla, who has had highly-successful stints with many European teams (mainly Arsenal and Villarreal), played a crucial role in Al Sadd’s impressive run

Al Sadd rally to down Al Duhail 4-1 to…

DOHA: Al Sadd came back from a goal down to outplay Al Duhail 4-1 and reach their 26th Amir Cup final at the Abdullah bin Khalifa Stadium on Saturday. It was a game of two halves yesterday with Al Duhail dominating the first, only to be outplayed by Al Sadd in the second. Edmilson had put Al Duhail ahead in the 10th minute after an error from Al Sadd goalkeeper Meshaal Barshem. Al Duhail, after a disciplined defensive show in the first half,