Similar to the MLS and Chinese Super League in more ways than one, the AGL is the top division in UAE football, and has, since its founding in 1973, offered a competitive game to the Gulf. The most obvious similarity are the rules constraining the overflow of foreign players, although the AGL clubs aren’t just focusing on past-their-prime players.
Foreign players who have stolen the spotlight
Al-Ain's Asamoah Gyan (L) fights for the ball with Naft's Amin Hajmohammadi (R) during their AFC Champions League Group B football match Iran's Naft Tehran against UAE's Al-Ain at Sheik Hazza Bin Zayed stadium on May 6, 2015 in Al-Ain. AFP
Anderson de Carvalho Barbosa
UAE's Baniyas club player Andre Senghor (R) fights for the ball with Saudi Arabia's Al-Ittihad club player Osama Harbi (L) during their Group B, AFC Champions League football match in Abu Dhabi on April 17, 2012. AFP