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Kirito

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I called this in a different thread - people going for money and then wanting out immediately because of the lifestyle. Was told that it wouldn’t be the case because these footballers would be living in their own sectioned off areas… but you’re still in Saudi.

Next up Iran league chat then North Korea
 

DJS

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I called this in a different thread - people going for money and then wanting out immediately because of the lifestyle. Was told that it wouldn’t be the case because these footballers would be living in their own sectioned off areas… but you’re still in Saudi.

Next up Iran league chat then North Korea
I’m hoping Mitrović is next, as having declared his love for Fulham I was disappointed at how quickly he then forced a move away from them purely for the money.
 

Dirty Ewok

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I called this in a different thread - people going for money and then wanting out immediately because of the lifestyle. Was told that it wouldn’t be the case because these footballers would be living in their own sectioned off areas… but you’re still in Saudi.

Next up Iran league chat then North Korea

I'm friends with a few guys who spent time in Saudi for work (they all used to work in oil) and lived in the "Western Compounds", they more or less said.....INSIDE the compounds it is, ok-ish. The Saudi's by and large leave them alone, but there just isn't much to do inside the compounds and there isn't much you are allowed to do OUTSIDE the compound, So you end up just.....biding your time.

They all told me the same thing, that if you went and checked the laptops of any of the western workers you would find some variant of a excel worksheet that calculated how much they had made, were making and stood to make in their time in SA. They all said that all the Western workers basically had a time worked out where they knew they had made an amount of money that they deemed a trade-off was worth it and the moment that they hit that number they requested a transfer out.

Funnily, all of them lasted longer than the footballers seem to be and they went in eyes WIDE OPEN as to why they were going to the middle of a desert for money.

The footballers should have done more research.
 

spanishspur

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My Dad worked out there in Dhahran for 7 years or so. BAe contract. Great money, funded their retirement to France. But absolute shithole.

Entirely from my Dad's observations, 20 years ago now: Women are treat like cattle. The town square had a chopping block in the middle for cutting off hands and heads, and there was a pit for putting women in and stoning them if they went out of line. They aren't allowed to drink or mingle so all the lads race around in flash cars, smoking like chimneys. They're all gay as well, because they're sexually frustrated so basically turn to each other, which just highlights the further hypocrisy of their anti-gay laws. The date is literally 1400 or something there, because the Islam calendar started after the Roman calendar, and it feels like its the middle ages.

Different cultures and all that, fine... but it is not a pleasant place for westerners by the sounds of it.
The Saudis I met were quite open about things. I asked how they picked a wife if all they could see was their eyes. I was told they had private parties where the girls dressed up in western clothes.
I also noticed when we was coming in to land in London the Saudi girls would disappear into the toilets to come out 10 minutes later as if they were ready to go clubbing and showing off lots of their bodies, quite an eye opener.
So many cultures get around things when they want to.
 

Gassin's finest

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The Saudis I met were quite open about things. I asked how they picked a wife if all they could see was their eyes. I was told they had private parties where the girls dressed up in western clothes.
I also noticed when we was coming in to land in London the Saudi girls would disappear into the toilets to come out 10 minutes later as if they were ready to go clubbing and showing off lots of their bodies, quite an eye opener.
So many cultures get around things when they want to.
It's almost like it's a load of bollocks.
 

Westmorlandspur

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Feb 1, 2013
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I'm friends with a few guys who spent time in Saudi for work (they all used to work in oil) and lived in the "Western Compounds", they more or less said.....INSIDE the compounds it is, ok-ish. The Saudi's by and large leave them alone, but there just isn't much to do inside the compounds and there isn't much you are allowed to do OUTSIDE the compound, So you end up just.....biding your time.

They all told me the same thing, that if you went and checked the laptops of any of the western workers you would find some variant of a excel worksheet that calculated how much they had made, were making and stood to make in their time in SA. They all said that all the Western workers basically had a time worked out where they knew they had made an amount of money that they deemed a trade-off was worth it and the moment that they hit that number they requested a transfer out.

Funnily, all of them lasted longer than the footballers seem to be and they went in eyes WIDE OPEN as to why they were going to the middle of a desert for money.

The footballers should have done more research.
Henderson didn’t even live in Saudi. He and his family lived just over the border in Bahrain. Hour drive each way to training. Border controls etc.
Average crowd of 2-3k. Only got that high because 13k turned up for game v Ronaldos team.
The Saudi league is an irrelevance. Gets no space in the press any more. Who cares.
 

sam_mason

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I'm friends with a few guys who spent time in Saudi for work (they all used to work in oil) and lived in the "Western Compounds", they more or less said.....INSIDE the compounds it is, ok-ish. The Saudi's by and large leave them alone, but there just isn't much to do inside the compounds and there isn't much you are allowed to do OUTSIDE the compound, So you end up just.....biding your time.

They all told me the same thing, that if you went and checked the laptops of any of the western workers you would find some variant of a excel worksheet that calculated how much they had made, were making and stood to make in their time in SA. They all said that all the Western workers basically had a time worked out where they knew they had made an amount of money that they deemed a trade-off was worth it and the moment that they hit that number they requested a transfer out.

Funnily, all of them lasted longer than the footballers seem to be and they went in eyes WIDE OPEN as to why they were going to the middle of a desert for money.

The footballers should have done more research.

There's a lack of institutional knowledge amongst footballers as its a new thing - those in Oil and gas have this kind of knowledge handed down from those that have done it before.

If you have that knowledge, you can make a much more informed decision about how it might impact you / your family , but if you don't have that knowledge or colleagues / contacts with that experience, you can see why it might be attractive to some footballers (particularly those without young families).
 
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Tucker

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There's a lack of institutional knowledge amongst footballers as its a new thing - those in Oil and gas have this kind of knowledge handed down from those that have done it before.

If you have that knowledge, you can make a much more informed decision about how it might impact you / your family , but if you don't have that knowledge or colleagues / contacts with that experience, you can see why it might be attractive to some footballers (particularly those without young families).
This is true, but one of the reasons Henderson didn’t like it was because it was so hot there. If I was moving to another country, I’d at least look at it on a map. He’d have maybe noticed it was a desert then.
 

allatsea

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This is true, but one of the reasons Henderson didn’t like it was because it was so hot there. If I was moving to another country, I’d at least look at it on a map. He’d have maybe noticed it was a desert then.
Sorry but Henderson must be plain stupid if he didn't know Saudi was hot.
 

Arden

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Sorry but Henderson must be plain stupid if he didn't know Saudi was hot.
I’m sure he knew it was bloody hot there, he probably didn’t realise how much it would affect him. I mean he might be dumb but surely he’s not that fucking stupid
 

NickHSpurs

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I hope none of these greedy ****s get decent moves. I'm so glad we have a manager like Ange who looks for a certain type of personality, wouldn't want us to sign any prick who went there.
 

McFlash

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Oct 19, 2005
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Sorry but Henderson must be plain stupid if he didn't know Saudi was hot.
I mean, it's not like he was playing a big tournament in the part of the world recently or anything?!
 

newbie

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I'm friends with a few guys who spent time in Saudi for work (they all used to work in oil) and lived in the "Western Compounds", they more or less said.....INSIDE the compounds it is, ok-ish. The Saudi's by and large leave them alone, but there just isn't much to do inside the compounds and there isn't much you are allowed to do OUTSIDE the compound, So you end up just.....biding your time.

They all told me the same thing, that if you went and checked the laptops of any of the western workers you would find some variant of a excel worksheet that calculated how much they had made, were making and stood to make in their time in SA. They all said that all the Western workers basically had a time worked out where they knew they had made an amount of money that they deemed a trade-off was worth it and the moment that they hit that number they requested a transfer out.

Funnily, all of them lasted longer than the footballers seem to be and they went in eyes WIDE OPEN as to why they were going to the middle of a desert for money.

The footballers should have done more research.

there agents are not living in Saudi though
 

aliyid

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