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Jiménez and Vecchio join Al Ittihad


Thursday, July 11, 2019
Luis Jiménez - Al Ittihad signing 2019

Manchester: Midfielders Luis Jiménez and Emiliano Vecchio have signed for Saudi Pro League side Al Ittihad ahead of their 2019 AFC Champions League Round of 16 tie.


The 35-year-old Jiménez makes a return to West Asia after transferring from his boyhood club Palestino, where he scored a vital goal to secure the 2019 Copa Chile in the final against Audax Italiano.

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The former Chilean international played for Inter Milan in 2007, before being loaned to West Ham United two years later.

Jiménez first came to Asia in 2011, signing for UAE's Shabab Al Ahli in 2011 before joining Al Nasr in 2015 respectively. He then moved to Qatar's Al Arabi, Gharafa and Qatar SC (on loan).

Welcome E.Vecchio 👏👏👏#صيفية_العميد pic.twitter.com/J0czCRrK8u

— Ittihad Club (@ittihad_en) July 10, 2019

He will be playing alongside Vecchio, who was previously on loan to Shabab Al Ahli.

Vecchio is also no stranger to West Asia, having previously played for Qatar SC in 2016.

The 30-year-old started his career with Rosario Central of Argentina, and went on to play with clubs in Spain and Brazil.

Al Ittihad, who are currently in Manchester for a training camp, will play the first leg match against Zobahan FC of Islamic Republic of Iran on August 5.

Photo: Al Ittihad

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