Al NoorCoach: Asr Ahmed
Al-Noor will take part in the IHF Men’s Super Globe only for the second time in their history, making their way to the competition as the second host team to be invited, after they secured the second place in the Prince Faisal bin Fahad Saudi Handball League last season.
The Saudi side finished the competition with 19 wins and three losses, with only two points behind the champions, Khaleej Club, after a nip-and-tuck battle between the two powerhouses in the Saudi Arabian competition, with everything decided by the finest of margins.
However, they will make their second appearance in the IHF Men’s Super Globe, two years after their first participation, when they ended up on the seventh place. That time around, Al-Noor lost against EC Pinheiros, 33:34, in the quarter-finals, but bounced back with a win against the San Francisco CalHeat, 30:24.
From that moment on, things have changed, with plenty of players leaving, yet Al-Noor still have serious experience in their roster, with some of the players, like Hussain Furaij, Hussain Al-Tarouti and Mojtaba Al-Salem all representing Saudi Arabia at the 2023 IHF Men’s World Championship.
However, the Saudi side will have a mountain to climb to avoid their worst finish in the competition, as Al-Noor have been handed the toughest possible draw at the 2023 IHF Men’s Super Globe, in Group A, alongside the most decorated team in the history of the competition, Barcelona, and against Egyptian powerhouse Al-Ahly.
Both Barcelona and Al-Ahly are better equipped to handle the pressure, but Al-Noor, who had a good start in the Saudi League this season, will aim to use their home advantage, with plenty of fans, to take the challenge to their opponents.
Key players: Hussain Furaij (right wing), Marouen Maggaiz (goalkeeper), Mojtaba Al-Salem (centre back)
Qualification for 2023 IHF Men’s Super Globe: Hosts
History in tournament: 2021: 7th
Group at 2023 IHF Men’s Super Globe: Group A (Al-Ahly, Al-Noor, Barcelona)