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Thursday August 1 2019
Official: Zukanovic to Saudi Arabia

Bosnia-Herzegovina defender Ervin Zukanovic has left Genoa to join Saudi Arabian side Al-Ahli.

Al-Ahli announced in the early hours of Thursday morning that Zukanovic had signed on for the next two years.

The 32-year-old moved to Italy with Chievo in 2014 and went on to make 129 Serie A appearances for the Flying Donkeys, Sampdoria, Roma, Atalanta and Genoa.

He also has 36 caps for Bosnia, scoring one goal.

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Wednesday June 26 2019
Papu: Rejected Lazio & Saudis

Atalanta captain Alejandro Gomez has revealed that he rejected offers from Lazio and Saudi Arabia to stay in Bergamo.

Gomez marked his fifth season at Atalanta with qualification for the Champions League, and he owed much of the credit for their achievement to Coach Gian Piero Gasperini.

“Since his arrival, Gasperini has given Atalanta a winning mentality,” the forward told Sky Sport Italia.

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Friday June 14 2019
Supercoppa stripped from Saudi Arabia?

Saudi Arabia’s plans to host the next Supercoppa are up in the air after Serie A took legal action over TV piracy in the country, explains Anthony Harwood.

The next edition of the Italian Super Cup is set for August between Scudetto holders Juventus and Coppa Italia winners Lazio.

Luigi De Siervo, the new boss of the top Italian league, said illegal transmissions by the rogue channel BeoutQ were putting a third of its international TV rights, worth about €450m, at risk.

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Wednesday April 24 2019
Giovinco joins exclusive club

Sebastian Giovinco has joined an exclusive group of players to have scored in three elite club competitions.

Giovinco scored the winning goal for Al-Hilal as the Saudi side defeated Esteghlal FC 1-0 in the AFC Champions League group stage on Tuesday.

He netted in last year’s CONCACAF Champions League Final, when Toronto FC lost to Mexican club Guadalajara on penalties after they drew 3-3 on aggregate over two legs.

The 32-year-old, who only joined Al-Hilal in January, managed a total of four goals for Toronto in the CONCACAF Champions League.

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Thursday February 21 2019
Giovinco: Not at Al-Hilal for money

Sebastian Giovinco insists he joined Al-Hilal to become the first player to ‘win Leagues in Europe, the US and Saudi Arabia’ and still has Italy in his sights.

Giovinco ended a historic spell with Toronto FC to join Al-Hilal last month, in a deal that reportedly sees the former Juventus attacker earn as much as €10m a season.

“No player has won Leagues in Europe, the US and Saudi Arabia,” he told Gazzetta dello Sport.

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Wednesday February 13 2019
VIDEO: Giovinco scores first Al-Hilal goal

Italy international Sebastian Giovinco announced ‘Asia I’m here’ after he scored his first goal for new club Al-Hilal.

Giovinco linked up with ex-France striker Bafetembi Gomis before finishing from close range during the Saudis’ 4-1 win against Al-Qadsiah on Tuesday.

“Asia here I’m [sic],” wrote the 32-year-old in an Instagram post after the game.

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Monday January 28 2019
Giovinco to Al-Hilal moves closer?

Sebastian Giovinco has reportedly left Toronto FC’s preseason camp to complete a move to Saudi Arabian side Al-Hilal.

According to The Athletic, Giovinco has returned to Toronto from the Canadian club’s retreat in California ahead of the 2019 season.

The website also cites an unnamed source confirming an earlier report that a transfer to Saudi Arabia was ‘in the works’, although it stresses a deal ‘has not yet been completed’.

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Wednesday January 16 2019
Micciche' hails 'historic' Supercoppa

Lega Serie A President Gaetano Miccichè maintains the first Supercoppa to be staged in Saudi Arabia was “an historic event.”

Juventus beat Milan in Jeddah thanks to a Cristiano Ronaldo glancing header this evening.

“We hope it can be the first international trophy Juventus can win this season, that is what we hope for them and for Italian football,” Miccichè told Rai Sport.

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Tuesday January 15 2019
Chiellini: 'How to neutralise Higuain'

Giorgio Chiellini wants Juventus to “turn the tide” of Supercoppa defeats against Milan and knows how to neutralise Gonzalo Higuain.

It kicks off in Jeddah on Wednesday at 17.30 GMT.

Although Juve have won their last six meetings with Milan in all competition, they lost on penalties in the December 2016 Supercoppa in Doha.

“We have changed a great deal in two years, but it is certainly a trophy we care about and want to win,” said Chiellini in his Press conference.

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Friday January 11 2019
beIN calls to move Supercoppa

There are more calls to move the Juventus v Milan Supercoppa clash from Saudi Arabia, but this time by beIN to combat piracy.

The match is due to take place in Jeddah on January 16, but the choice of venue has caused huge controversy for several different reasons.

It was initially pointed out that Italy should shun Saudi Arabia following the murder of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi, then there were protests that women would only be allowed in to certain sections of the stadium when accompanied by men.

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