Reporter Joo Dae-eun = It seems that money can buy players but not fans.
Sports media ‘Sports Bible’ reported on the 23rd (Korean time), “Saudi Al-Etifaq, led by coach Steven Gerrard, lost in front of only 696 fans.”
Recently, Saudi capital is threatening European soccer. Although the level is not high, the huge salary that Saudi Arabia has is an attractive point. Famous European stars such as Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar, and Sadio Mane have already headed to Saudi Arabia.
There are not many ways for European clubs to stop Saudi Arabia. Manchester City coach Pep Guardiola said about Saudi Arabia’s move, “Mahrez (who moved to Saudi Arabia) received an amazing offer. “That’s why we couldn’t tell them not to go.”
An anonymous executive working in the Saudi Professional League told the Mirror, “This is just the beginning. “The league budget is astronomical and there is already interest from some of England’s leading players in moving here,” he said. “You can guarantee that more top players will arrive next year.”
There is something that the Saudi league, which is getting everything it wants with huge ‘oil money’, is not getting. It is a ‘fan’.
Al Etifah, led by coach Gerrard, lost 0-1 to Al Riyadh in the 10th round of the Saudi Professional League held on the 23rd (Korean time). On this day, Al-Etipark fielded a number of players with European experience, including former Liverpool captain Jordan Henderson, Demarrey Gray, and Georginio Wijnaldum.
What stood out after the game was not Al Etifaq’s defeat. The number of spectators attracted attention. According to ‘Sports Bible’, only 696 people came to watch this game. This is a very small number considering that a lot of money was spent.카지노사이트
The media compared Al-Eti Park and England’s 9th division. ‘Sports Bible’ said, “3,195 fans came to the match between Bury and Winsenshaw in England’s 9th division,” adding, “This is an incredibly low attendance rate for the Saudi league.”
Saudi Arabia is threatening Europe with ‘oil money’ on a scale never before seen in the history of soccer. Money is being poured in to catch up with European soccer, but there is still a long way to go.