Raul signs with Qatar's Al Sadd

2012-05-13 14:16

Doha - Spanish veteran striker Raul Gonzalez has signed with Qatar's Al Sadd, several weeks after announcing he would leave Bundesliga club Schalke at the end of the season.

The Qatar Football Association said on Sunday that the Doha club had signed the 34-year-old former Real Madrid and Spain captain to a one-year deal. No further details were released.

Raul was in the stands on Saturday to watch Al Gharrafa beat Al Sadd 5-4 on penalties in the Emir Cup.

Raul was a fan favourite at Schalke, where he scored 27 goals in 63 Bundesliga appearances. He won the German Cup and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League in his first season with the club.

Raul's signing continues a trend of aging stars ending their careers in the cash-rich Gulf.