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Omar Abdulrahman's record-breaking loan move to Al Hilal is Europe's loss

The Exploding Heads have to cut their holiday short to take calls from footballers around the world searching for moves on deadline day.
FC's Paul Mariner sifts through all the latest rumours surrounding Paul Pogba, Luka Modric, Ousmane Dembele and many more in Rumour Rater.

Not many new signings touch down in a foreign country at 5 a.m. to be greeted by hundreds of fans at the airport, but that is what happened in Riyadh on Wednesday morning.

This was no Brazilian or Spanish superstar arriving however but Omar Abdulrahman, the United Arab Emirates international signing for Saudi Arabian giants Al Hilal on a year-long loan.

The amount of fans was not the only impressive number. The Saudi champions are reportedly playing around €15 million to Al Ain, the club near...

Omar Abdulrahman joins Al Hilal on loan from Al Ain in record-breaking deal

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Omar Abdulrahman is one of Asia'a brightest stars.

Former Asian Player of the Year Omar Abdulrahman has joined Al Hilal on a one-year loan deal from Al Ain, the Saudi Arabian club have announced.

Abdulrahman, who was named the continent's leading player in 2016 when he guided United Arab Emirates side Al Ain to the final of the Asian Champions League, will join the Jorge Jesus-coached Al Hilal for the upcoming Saudi league season and play alongside current Asian Player of the Year Omar Khribin.

According to Arab News, Al Hilal will pay Al Ain €15...

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Saudi Arabia's final World Cup squad omits Nawaf Al-Abed, Mohammed Al Kuwaykibi

The Saudi Arabia national team reveal their final 23 man squad for the 2018 World Cup.
The Exploding Heads sound the World Cup horn as Ian Fiveankles breaks down Group A and Anthony interviews the official match ball of the World Cup.

Juan Antonio Pizzi has cut star playmaker Nawaf Al-Abed from Saudi Arabia's final 2018 World Cup squad of 23, shortly after watching his team lose 3-0 to Peru in Switzerland on Sunday.

The Al Hilal man scored four goals in the final round of qualification as the Green Falcons booked their first World Cup spot since 2006, but has been battling injuries for much of the year. Al-Abed made his first appearance of 2018 for the national team against Peru but did not do enough to convince the former Chile...

Omar Khrbin and Son Heung-Min win prizes at AFC awards

Al Hilal and Syria striker Omar Khrbin was named the AFC Player of the Year at the Asian Football Confederation's annual awards in Bangkok on Wednesday, with Tottenham Hotspur's Son Heung-Min scooping the international award.

Khrbin, who finished as top scorer in the 2017 AFC Champions League and whose goals took Syria to the verge of qualifying for their first-ever World Cup finals, claimed the title ahead of last year's winner, United Arab Emirates' Omar Abdulrahman, and China's Wu Lei.

The win...

Rafael Silva strike seals Asian Champions League crown for Urawa

Rafael Silva's late goal secured Urawa Red Diamonds' first AFC Champions League (ACL) crown in a decade as the J-League side sealed a 2-1 aggregate win over Saudi Arabia's Al Hilal at Saitama Stadium on Saturday.

Silva scored with just two minutes remaining as Urawa followed up their 2007 success with victory in front of almost 58,000 fans as the title returned to Japan for the first time since Gamba Osaka's 2008 victory.

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After a 1-1 draw in the first leg in Riyadh last week, Al Hilal needed to...