25 Jul 2018 – 2:30
DOHA: The new QNB Stars League season will officially kick off today with a colourful opening ceremony.
The ceremony will be attended by top officials of the Qatar Stars League Management (QSLM), team players, club coaches and members of the local media.
The high profile opening ceremony will also have coaches of the teams addressing the media ahead of the start of the new season on August 4.
This year, the QNB Stars League will kick off a few weeks earlier than usual to accommodate the Qatar national team’s international assignments that includes the 2019 Asian Cup to be played in January next year.
All the 12 clubs are nearing the end of their pre-season training camps away from Qatar. Most of the sides camped in various countries across Europe.
Al Gharafa are currently playing a Friendly Tournament in Oman where Al Ahli are also training for the new season.
A number of sides have already announced their new arrivals on the coaching and player rosters.
Al Duhail – who have signed new coach Nabil Maloul – will launch the new seasons as the defending champions having won three trophies last season.
The 12 teams are Al Duhail, Al Sadd, Al Rayyan, Al Gharafa, Al Khor, Al Kharaitiyat, Al Arabi, Umm Salal, Al Ahli, Qatar SC, Al Sailiya and newcomers Al Shahaniya.
A few of the top names in the new season include Dutch star Wesley Sneijder, Korean Jung Woo-young, Ghana’s Kwame Karikari, Brazil’s Diego Jardel, Morocco’s Rachid Tiberkanine and Ivory Coast’s Yannick Sagbo.
The matches in the first rounds of the new season will be played at the Khalifa International Stadium and the Al Sadd Stadium – two venues with state-of-the-art cooling technology.
The opening ceremony of the new QNB Stars League will be held at the W-Hotel.
Source : The Peninsula Qatar