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SBL Standings
 1 Uhud 16-2 
 2 Al Fateh 15-3 
 3 Al Ahli Jeddah 12-6 
 4 Al Ittihad 11-7 
 5 Al Nasr 11-7 
 6 Al Hilal 11-7 
 7 Al Wehda 6-12 
 8 Al Ansar 4-14 
 9 Al Salam 4-14 
 10 Al Nahda 0-18 
Division 1 Standings
Group A
 1 Hajer 8-0 
 2 Al Noor 7-1 
 3 Al Safa 3-5 
 4 Al-Trgee 3-5 
 5 Al Arabi 2-6 
 6 Al-Taraf 1-7 
Group B
 1 Abha 7-1 
 2 Al Shrooq 7-1 
 3 Al Khaleej 4-4 
 4 Al Hidaya 2-6 
 5 Al Kweldeeh 2-6 
 6 Mder 2-6 
Arab Club Championships Standings
Group A
 1 Beirut Club 4-0 
 2 Al Ettehad 3-1 
 3 Al Arabi 2-2 
 4 Al Nasr 1-3 
 5 Al Sadab 0-4 
Group B
 1 ASS Sale 4-0 
 2 Homenetmen 3-1 
 3 Sporting 2-2 
 4 Al Fateh 1-3 
 5 Qalandia 0-4 
Full Standings

Saudi Arabian men teams in Asian cups 2018-2019
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Interview with coach Ali AlSanhani - May 2, 2018

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Alsanhani had a chance to chat with Ali Alsanhani , head coach of Al Ittihad and Saudi Arabia National Team.

Hi Coach, thank you for chatting with us. The season in Saudi Arabia just ended, unexpectedly your team lost in quarterfinals to Al Hilal. What happened? Was this a big disappointment?
Hello, first of all thank you for that opportunity to talk to you. Yes, from one point it was a big disappointment for us. We were back-to-back champions and were looking for three-peat of course. You always want to win. We won first 6 games of the season and then an important player in our rotation got injured and the problem started. It was just before two important games and we lost them. Despite that we ended the first part of the season as second best team in the league and eventually lost to Al Hilal in the quarterfinals.

How would you describe this past season? As you mentioned you started as the defending back-to-back Champions. Were you happy about the pre-season and all transfers your team made?
It is always really tough to defend the title, especially when you are back to back champions. All other teams wanted to beat us. In pre-season we decided not to pay too much for the foreign players so we can balance between import and local players. Our main focus was to pay all the players on time so everybody can show their full commitment in practice. And we kept our goals. Some other teams they usually have budget only on paper, much bigger than ours. I wouldn't feel good to have players waiting for their check. It would eventually affect the team.

Like in most Mid-Asia clubs the imports are these who make the difference. How import players impact local players? Do you see local players improve their game thanks to Americans?
They do a lot! Of course they bring a quality to the team, but on the other hand when some of them get injured or leave the team during the season... it's hard. That's why I always have good and solid local players in my teams. You can have best import players in the league, but with no support from local players ... you don't have a TEAM. And that TEAM is most important.

Now, please tell us something more about you.
I am local coach, born in Saudi Arabia. I have coached in many different teams so far, each campaign ment a lot for me. I am National Team coach second year, plus in the past I have coached some youth categories. I always work hard and I really think every team I coach shows what I am trying to do and teach them.

Next week your are going to play in GCC cup. When does your contract with Al Ittihad expire? Any plans for the next season?
GCC is the last competition when I will be the head coach of Al Ittihad. My contract expires in December. I am a professionalist, I do not think about the next season, GCC is my focus right now. After the tournament I will decide about my club future. In summer we will have a lot of work with National Team preparing for the World Cup 2019 qualifications.

Where do you see yourself in the future. Let say in 2-3 years.
I am still learning and one is sure - I will be in basketball. I try not to thing too much about the future, I leave all of that for God. Now I am focus on GCC and to help my country to show their best in World Cup qualifiers.

Coach, it was a pleasure to talk to you. Good luck at GCC tournament and Workd Cup qualifiers and hope you talk to you soon!   

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