x Abu Dhabi, UAEThursday 18 January 2018

Arabian Gulf League: Club line-ups taking shape

Ahmed Rizvi and Amith Passela look at the comings and goings at the clubs in the UAE's top-flight league.

Italian Pasquale Foggia has joined Dubai.
Italian Pasquale Foggia has joined Dubai.

Al Ahli

Foreign players (* = remaining at club)

* Grafite, S, Brazil.

Hugo Viana, M, Portugal - playmaker joins from Braga

* Luis Jimenez, M, Chile (midfielder is set to fill the Asian player's slot as the club awaits confirmation of the Chilean's dual nationality as he holds a Palestinian passport)

Ciel, S, Brazil - joins from Al Shabab

Leaving the club

Yousef Mohamed, Achille Emana, Ricardo Quaresma

Key Emirati changes

In - Esam Dhahi, D, Shabab; Walid Abbas, D, Shabab.


Foreign players

* Boris Kabi, S, Ivory Coast

* Driss Fettouhi, M, Morocco

Mohammed Reza Khalatbari, M, Iran - former Al Wasl player arrives on a one-year deal from Sepahan

Simon Feindouno, M, Guinea - signed a one-year deal after spells at Kalba and Dubai.

Leaving the club

Founeke Sy, Fawzi Bashir

Al Ain

Foreign players

* Asamoah Gyan, S, Ghana

* Mirel Radoi, D, Romania

* Alex Brosque, S, Australia

Michel Bastos, M, Brazil - a long-time target, he will replace Jires Kembo Ekoko

Key Emirati changes

In - Ibrahim Diaky, M, Jazira; Sultan Al Ghaferi, M, Baniyas

Out - Musallem Fayez, D, Jazira


Foreign players

Carlos Munoz, S, Chile - Joins on a three-year contract from Chilean club Colo-Colo

Abdulsalam Al Mukhaini, D, Oman - Joins on a one-year loan deal from Saudi club Al Raed

* Christian Wilhelmsson, M, Sweden

Luis Farina, M, Argentina - on a one-year loan agreement from Racing

Leaving the club

Mohamed Aboutrika, Nick Carle, Mohamed Zidan.

Key Emirati changes

In - Ahmed Dada, M, Jazira; Mohammed Bargash, S, Al Jazira

Out - Sultan Al Ghaferi, M, Al Ain)

Al Dhafra

Foreign players

* Makhete Diop, S, Senegal

Emanuel Clottey, S, Ghana - The forward has moved on a one-year loan from Esperance of Tunisia

Bilal Najjarine, D, Lebanon - International defender followed his coach Abdulla Misfir from Dibba Al Fujairah

Kamel Chafni, M, Morocco - The midfielder joins on one-year deal from Brest, the French side

Key Emirati changes

In Ali Abbas, M, Wasl


Foreign players

Pasquale Foggia, M, Italy - Former AC Milan winger arrives from Lazio

Andre Alves, S, Brazil - Moves from Cypriot side Omonia Nicosia, where he score 20 league goals last season

Aboubacar Tamabadou, S, Mali - The forward arrives after four seasons in Tunisia

One spot to fill (Asian player)

Leaving the club

Richard Porta, Rodrigo Vergilio, Magrao, Juliano Antonello


Foreign players

Jair Eduardo da Silva, S, Brazil - Moves to UAE on a one-year loan from Japan's JEF United

Luis Henrique, S, Brazil - crosses over from Al Shabab

Rodrigo Souza Silva, M, Brazil - Former Shaab man signs as the club's Asian player after getting East Timorese citizenship

One spot to fill

Key Emirati changes

In Abdulla Moosa, GK, Nasr

Al Jazira

Foreign players

* Ricardo Oliveira, S, Brazil

* Shin Hyung-min, D/M, S Korea

Abdelaziz Barrada, M, Morocco - signed for Dh47m from Getafe

Nelson Valdez, S, Paraguay - joins Spain U21 coach Luis Milla after signing two-year deal

Leaving the club

Matias Delgado, Fernandinho

Key Emirati changes

In Musallem Fayez, D, Al Ain

Out Ibrahim Diaky, M, Al Ain

Al Nasr

Foreign players

Leonardo Lima, S, Brazil

Brett Holman, M, Australia - Moved from Premier League club Aston Villa on a two-year contract

Ibrahima Toure, S, Senegal - Signs permanent contract from Monaco, the French Ligue 1 side

Eder Luis, S, Brazil - Leaves Vasco da Gama to complete foreign quartet

Leaving the club

Takayuki Morimoto, Giuseppe Mascara, Bruno Correa

Key Emirati changes

In Darwish Ahmed, D, Al Wasl; Tariq Ahmed, M, Al Ahli; Yousuf Abdullah, GK, Al Ahli

Out Humaid Abbas, M, Al Ahli; Abdulla Moosa, GK, Emirates

Al Shaab

Foreign players

Michael N'dri, S, France

Billy Celeski, M, Australia - signs one-year deal after leaving Melbourne Victory

Thiago Quirino, S, Brazil - on a season-long loan from Japanese club Shonan Bellmare

One spot to fill (one Asian)

Leaving the club

Filipe Tiexiera, Noel Kaseke, Hassan Maatouk

Key Emirati changes

In Mohammaed Malallah, S Al Ain

Al Shabab

Foreign players

* Edgar Bruno, S, Brazil

* Azizbek Haydarov, M, Uzbekistan

Carlos Villanueva, M, Chile - playmaker returns after missing the last season due to injury

Adeilson, S, Brazil - a direct replacement for compatriot Ciel

Leaving the club

Luis Henrique - stays in the Arabian Gulf League after signing with Emirates

Key Emirati changes

Out Esam Dhahi, D, Ahli


Foreign players

Jose Carlos, S, Brazil -Arrives from Chinese side Changchun

Mauricio Ramos, D, Brazil - The centre-back, 28, arrives from Brazilian club Palmeiras

Fellype Gabriel, M, Brazil - Botafogo midfielder was Sharjah's first new foreign recruit of the season

Kim Jung-Woo, M, South Korea - On loan from Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors

Leaving the club

Edinho, Moussa Narry, Ahmed Zuway

Key Emirati changes

In Saleh Bashir, D, Ajman

Al Wahda

Foreign players

* Dino Djulbic, D, Australia

Sebastian Tagliabue, S, Argentina - The target man moves from the Saudi powerhouse Al Shabab

Damian Diaz, M, Argentina - Arrives from Ecuador club Barcelona

Marco Estrada, M, Chile - Won the title in 11/12 with the French Ligue 1 club Montpellier

Leaving the club

Papa Waigo, Srdan Andric, Marcelo Oliveira

Al Wasl

Foreign players

* Mariano Donda, M, Argentina

Kaio Felipe, S, Brazil - Signed from the Yokohoma, the second-tier Japanese club

Milan Susak, D, Australia - arrives from Sepahan to replace Ahmed Ibrahim as the Asian player

Andre Senghor, S, Senegal - Joins from Baniyas

Leaving the club

Ahmed Ibrahim, Emiliano Alfaro, Jussie


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