Al Gharafa vs Qatar SC — 4th August, 2018 @ 17:35, Al Sadd Stadium

QNB Stars League Week 1

The encounter between Al Gharafa and Qatar SC on Saturday, 4th August, will herald the start of 2018-19 QNB Stars League season. The kick-off is at 17:35 at the Al Sadd Stadium.

The match assumes great importance to both teams as it is crucial for them to make a winning start to the new campaign.

Both Al Gharafa and Qatar SC are sure to go all out and seek full points.

Al Gharafa, who just about managed to finish fourth last season and thereby qualified for the elite Qatar Cup, have Frenchman Christian Gourcuff at the helm. He replaced Turk Bulent Uygun, who joined them midway through last season and helped The Cheetahs go up from the seventh position where the team stood at the end of first phase.

Al Gharafa have the likes of Dutch attacking midfielder and FIFA World Cup runner-up Wesley Sneijder, Iranian striker Mehdi Taremi and Slovakian midfielder Vladimir Weiss, who missed most of last season with an injury.

Qatar SC, who languished at the bottom half early last season, did quite well ever since Qatari coach Abdulla Mubarak replaced Argentinian Gabriel Calderon. The Kings, who once stared at relegation, eventually ended up 10th.

Abdulla is known to bring the best out of his players and that helped the side a lot in last season’s QNB Stars League.

Qatar SC made an overhaul of their squad by replacing three foreign players. They roped in Hussein Ali, Alaeddin Al Dali and Brazilian Dodo while retaining Syrian Osama Omari.