Kuala Lumpur: In just a few days, Shanghai SIPG will take to the AFC Champions League knockout rounds for the fourth successive year as the last 16 clash against Jeonbuk Hyundai Motors sees them maintain their perfect record of advancing from the group stage every time since debuting in 2016.
It has been a remarkable rise for a club that only arrived in China’s top flight in 2013 and have since gone on to to acquire talent of the calibre of Hulk and Oscar, the Brazilian duo who helped inspire them to their maiden Chinese Super League title in 2018 after three successive top-three finishes.
Arguably, however, no one has been more important in their surge to prominence than Wu Lei, who was the league’s top scorer last year before he signed for La Liga side Espanyol at the beginning of 2019 where he has since gone on to become the first player from his country to score in Spain’s top flight.
Doha: Argentina international Gabriel Mercado has signed for Qatari team Al-Rayyan, the club said Tuesday, following a three-year stint at Sevilla.
"In our first deal for the new season, the club announces it has officially signed the Argentine defender Gabriel Mercado to be one of our foreign players for next season," Al Rayyan posted on their Twitter account.