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Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Yakin Arrives in Doha

Swiss international midfielder Hakan Yakin arrived in Doha on Tuesday to complete his move to Q-league champions Gharrafa.

Yakin who scored three goals in the European Championships last month can play In either an attacking midfield role or as a striker, and was top scorer of the Swiss Super League last season as he led his team Young Boys Berne to a second place finish.

Last season was Yakin's best since 2002/2003 in which he was crowned as Switzerland's Player of the year after great performances with Basel in the UEFA champions league.

Player info

Name: Hakan Yakin
Age: 31
Country: Switzerland
International Career: 69 matches – 18 goals

Former Clubs

BS Concordia (SWI) – Basel (SWI) – Grasshoppers (SWI) – Stuttgart (GER) – St Gallen (SWI) – Galatasaray (TUR) – Young Boys Berne (SWI).

Honours

Swiss League 2000/2001, 2001/2002 (Basel)
Swiss Cup 2001/2002, 2002/2003 (Basel)
Swiss Footballer of the year 2003 (Basel)
Swiss Super League Top Scorer 2007/2008 (Young Boys Berne)


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Rayyan Signs Diane


After months of speculations, Rayyan finally succeeded in signing Ivorian international striker Amara Diane from French side PSG.

The deal believed to be worth around 8 million Euros, and will keep Diane at the Qatari club for 4 years for a salary of around 2.5 million Euros per season.

Rayyan was keen on signing Diane since the start of the year but his French club refused to let him leave as they were in a middle of relegation battle, and the Ivorian striker proved influential as he scored 11 goals that helped PSG to stay at the top flight.

Diane, 25, was a product of ASEC Abidjan youth system, one of the best youth academies in Africa, he moved to France in 2002 to join amateur side Roye, he then joined Reims for 2 seasons before moving to Strasbourg in 2005/2006 season.

In 2006 PSG was able to get him from Strasbourg for a fee of 3.5 million Euros, and although he played 71 games for the club over the past 2 seasons (29 of them as a sub) scoring 16 goals, he was always living in the shadow of his teammate, Portuguese forward Pauleta, the main star attraction of the Parisian club.

Player info

Name: Amara Diane
Age: 25
Country: Ivory Coast
International Career: 6 matches – 3 goals
Former Clubs: ASEC (CIV)Roye (FRA), Reims (FRA), Strasbourg (FRA), PSG (FRA).
Honours: French League Cup – 2008 (PSG)
More News

- According to Qatari newspaper Al RAYA (July 9th 2008), Burkina Faso international striker Momouni Dagano will join Al Khor from French side Sochaux, and Brazilian striker Itamar of Mexican side Jaguares de Chiapas may be on his way to Al Rayyan.

- Brazilian striker Kim left French side Nancy to join Al Arabi, after a good season with the French side in which he led them to a UEFA Cup place.

- Former National team coach Jamaluddin Musovic may join second division side Al Ahli (Oldest club in Qatar) after the later failed to make it back to the top flight.

- Qatari Newspaper Al Watan (July 8th 2008) said that Qatar SC and national team striker Sebastian Soria will be playing in the Spanish league next season, but the newspaper did not announce the name of the club.

- Newly promoted Al Khoraitiyat signed Omani international defender Ashraf Eid from Omani club Al Nasr.

* Image source: Rayyan Club official site http://www.rayyanclub.com/