Dubai Soccer Club to Sign First-ever Israeli Player Following Peace Deal

September 25, 2020

by: Nadav Zenziper

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Israel national team midfielder Dia Saba

Friday, 25 September 2020 | Dubai-based soccer club Al-Nasr SC will sign an Israeli player in the coming days, a move made possible after the United Arab Emirates (UAE) announced it was normalizing ties with the Jewish state last month.

Israel national team midfielder, Dia Saba, who is currently playing for Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F, is set to leave the Far East outfit after a year-and-a-half stint and sign a three-year contract worth US $3 million a season with the UAE club, becoming the first-ever Israeli player to don the kit of an Arabian Gulf state sports club.

Al-Nasr is the first-ever soccer club to be formed in the Gulf kingdom, established in 1945, and plays in its top flight. The club hosts its games at the Al Maktoum Stadium, which has a 15,000-seat capacity.

The club has won the UAE first division three times in its history, lifting its last league title 34 years ago. Al-Nasr has also won the domestic cup four times, the UAE Federation Cup three times, the Supercup twice, and the league cup twice—winning its last honor just last season after a 2:1 win over defending champions Shabab Al Ahli.

The UAE league has not yet started, and a number of games have already been postponed due to the coronavirus pandemic.

Posted on September 25, 2020

Source: (Excerpt from an article originally published by Ynetnews on September 24, 2020. Time-related language has been modified to reflect our publication today. See original article at this link.)

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