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31-year-old attacker Newcastle almost signed scores as Saudi Arabia pull off huge World Cup shock today
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31-year-old attacker Newcastle almost signed scores as Saudi Arabia pull off huge World Cup shock today

Newcastle United fans would have been very pleased with their players performances for England against Iran yesterday.

However, they could have been celebrating one of their players pulling off one of the biggest shocks of all time if things had gone differently two years ago.

A report from Sport360 in 2020 suggests that Newcastle were linked with one of Saudi Arabia’s greatest players.

The report states that Newcastle beckoned for forward Salem Al-Dawsari as an offer had been made.

The move never materialised, and Al-Dawsari stayed at his boyhood club Al-Hilal SFC.

The 31-year-old isn’t a household name outside of the Middle East, but has made plenty of headlines today.

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Al-Dawsari scored an absolute screamer for Saudi Arabia as they recorded a historic victory over Argentina at the World Cup.

The tricky forward beat three Argentine defenders before smashing the ball into the top corner past Aston Villa’s Emi Martinez.

It’s a moment he’ll never forget and cements Al-Dawsari’s place in Saudi footballing history.

Al-Dawsari scores a screamer, Newcastle nearly signed him

The report from Sport360 suggests that Newcastle’s links with Saudi Arabia could have led to a move for the left winger.

The takeover hadn’t been confirmed at this point, but the connection was already growing between the country and the Magpies.

Al-Dawsari could have ended up being a very popular player on Tyneside, with his direct, skilful style.

His goal against Argentina was his second at a World Cup after scoring against Egypt four years ago.

It was nothing like the screamer Al-Dawsari scored today though, and he’s given the Green Falcons a real chance of reaching the knockout stages.

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Al-Dawsari’s only stint playing in Europe didn’t go to plan at Villarreal in 2018.

However, Newcastle may have offered him the perfect opportunity to thrive.

His national team manager Herve Renard spoke about him in World Soccer Magazine (World Cup 2022 edition, page 99) and was full of praise for his captain.

“Salem is a great player, one of the best in Asia like Salem Al Faraj,” Renard said.

“I’m waiting for them to be among the best players in the World Cup.

“Their level is so good and, with their talent, they are able to make their country proud.”

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