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September 25, 2020 9:21 am

Dubai Soccer Team Signs Israeli Midfielder

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Israeli soccer player Dia Saba. Photo: Adir Benyamini via Wikimedia Commons. – The Al-Nasr SC soccer team based in Dubai in the United Arab Emirates will sign Israeli national team midfielder Dia Saba in the coming days in a move that will make him the first Israeli to play on a team in an Arabian Gulf state.

Saba is to sign a three-year contract for $3 million per season after previously playing for the Chinese Super League club Guangzhou R&F, Ynet reported.

The development comes soon after the UAE and Israel signed a normalization agreement that has opened the way for a flurry of cooperation in various fields.

Saba joined the Chinese team in January 2019 after playing with Hapoel Be’er Sheva FC for a reported 5 million euros (nearly $6 million), according to the report.

The Israeli midfielder scored 18 times in 37 appearances while playing with Guangzhou.

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