The day the Pro League was crazy-busy

Beta V.1.0 - Powered by automated translation

We will try to keep each item short, because SO much went on today.

--Al Ahli announced a sponsorship deal with Toshiba that The National determined is worth around Dh100 million ($27.2m). That's serious money for a team in a league where the average attendance is 2,500. That might almost pay for Fabio Cannavaro. It definitely pays for branding of the Al Ahli stadium, and "Toshiba" on the players' shirts.

--Al Jazira revealed a tie-in with Barclays bank (yes, the Premier League title sponsor) for two years. No money figures revealed yet, but the two towers at Jazira's big stadium will now be called the Barclays Towers.

--Al Ain continued the league's raiding of top-level Brazilian teams shedding salary (apparently) because they are near the bottom of the Serie A table, picking up the veteran midfielder Elias Ribeiro de Oliveira from Atletico Goianiense. Elias, as the player is known, is one of three players with a league-leading nine goals.  He is expected in Al Ain in the morning, but expecting him to be ready for the Friday home match against Sharjah seems a bit much.

--Hugo, another Brazilian pickup, is expected to be in the First XI on Thursday night for Al Wahda when the champions play at Al Jazira in the Abu Dhabi derby at 8 p.m. Hugo comes to the league from Gremio, also buried in the Serie A table.

--And Baniyas, which like Jazira and Al Ain have six points from their first two matches, are also pursuing a Brazilian attacker. They were close to obtaining Diogo Rincon, but talks broke down. The club apparently will offload the Senegalese striker Andre Senghor, who scored in each of Al Ain's victories.

More, much more about all of this on this website ... and in the morning newspaper version of The National.


NEWSLETTERS
MORE FROM THE NATIONAL