MEF - ABHA, SAUDI ARABIA, July 31: Portuguese outfits Maritimo and Iranian league runners-up Esteghlal will be amongst the closest challengers of Al-Ahly, when the 6th edition of the Abha Invitational Tournament kick-start on Thursday in the summer resort city in south-west of the kingdom.
The Al Ahli senior football team and the reserve team leave for a 16-day training camp to Germany today.Iran's Ali Karimi will be absent due to his commitment with the Iranian Olympic team, preparing for the Asian Games in Korea next month.
Iranian football international and Hamburger SV forward Mehdi Mahdavikia returned to team practice following his recovery from a complicated back surgery, the bi-weekly kicker sports magazine reported Thursday.
Iran striker Ali Daei has said that he is looking forward to playing in the United Arab Emirates league in the upcoming season, after being thoroughly impressed by the ambitions of his new club Al Shabab.
PLDC - According to Al-bayan newspaper, issued in Dubai, Khamis Salem, principle of the financial council of Emirates club said: "Kavianpour's presence in Al-vasl will duplicate technical and offensive power of this team.