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Man Utd to open Soccer School in Dubai

Posted on 12/09/2012

Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) have announced a new signing in Dubai which will see budding footballers learn to play the United way MUSS has been successfully teaching football to UAE children at its home in Abu Dhabi since 2010, and now the programme has been extended to Dubai after local partner Reem Investments signed an agreement with Repton School. ‘Combine to Attack' kick starts in Dubai on October 5 and will teach boys and girls aged 7 to 16 years the specific skills and ...  >>MORE

Man City-target Abdulrahman backed to succeed in Europe

Posted on 04/09/2012

Omar Abdulrahman has been backed to fulfil his dream of playing in Europe by his brother and Al Ain team-mate, Khaled, despite turning down a move to Manchester City last week. UAE playmaker, Omar, was the subject of a bid from the English Premier League champions following a successful two-week trial in England. The 20-year-old declined City's offer though as he pledged his immediate future to the Garden City club, where he feels he still has unfinished business. Omar was restricted to just ...  >>MORE

Maradona named Honorary Ambassador of Sports in Dubai

Posted on 03/09/2012

Diego Maradona, the football legend has now become the "Honorary Ambassador of Sports in Dubai". On this occasion, an official contract was signed yesterday, Sunday, September 2nd 2012, between Dubai Sports Council and the famous Argentinean star. This contract reflects the good relationship between Dubai city and the legendary Maradona, as well as the desire of both parties to unify their mutual efforts, in a determined framework, to develop and promote sports in Dubai as a lifestyle choice. ...  >>MORE

Al Jazira impress with win in Austria

Posted on 30/08/2012

Al Jazira's overseas contingent proved their class as the UAE President's Cup champions thrashed Austrian Bundesliga side Weiner Neustadt 3-0 in their latest friendly in Austria on Tuesday night. Goals from Ricardo Oliveira, Matias Delgado and Fernandinho ensured a rather straightforward win for Paulo Bonamigo's side in Vienna. Jazira imposed themselves early on after goalkeeper Ali Khaseif dealt with the early pressure to keep the hosts at bay. They took the lead on 15 minutes through ...  >>MORE

Al Wasl reveal ambitious plans for Zabeel Stadium

Posted on 29/08/2012

Al Wasl have announced plans to increase the capacity of the Zabeel Stadium to 25,000 whilst making it the first air-conditioned such venue in the UAE. While no timeline has been put on the project, Wasl spokesman Tariq Abdullah has confirmed meetings will be held "in the next three days” to discuss the matter in further detail. The work will see the capacity of the Zabeel Stadium, Wasl's home since 1974, expanded by 7,000 from its current capacity of 18,000, while operations will also ...  >>MORE

Mahdi Ali confirmed as new UAE national coach

Posted on 15/08/2012

Mahdi Ali was yesterday placed in charge of the senior national team until 2015. His appointment comes as little surprise but it is significant in that the Football Association has given an Emirati the job after a succession of foreign coaches with little success. And he has the right credentials for the role, having led the UAE age group team to a maiden Gulf Cup, Asian Cup, the last eight in the Under 20 World Cup, an Asian Games silver medal, and an appearance at the Olympics Games in ...  >>MORE

UAE's Omar Abdulrahman kicks off Manchester City trial

Posted on 08/08/2012

UAE Olympic star Omar Abdulrahman arrived back in the UK on Tuesday and immediately began a five-day trial with Premier League champions Manchester City. The diminutive playmaker, who starred for the UAE in their recent outing at London 2012, flew to Manchester late on Monday night ahead of the audition, which Sport360° understands can be extended if he impresses. And there was no rest for the rising star as he was put through his paces alongside City stars including Sergio Aguero and Carlos ...  >>MORE

Team GB quick to praise UAE players after ending their Olympic dream

Posted on 30/07/2012

London: They no longer are in contention for a medal, but the UAE Olympic team gained more admirers with a skilled and spirited display against Team Great Britain at Wembley Stadium. Since arriving in England for the London 2012 Olympics, the Emiratis have led Uruguay into the 41st minute and equalised with Team GB on Khalid Essa's goal on the hour last night. But they again were unable to maintain their momentum, absorbing a 3-1 defeat to go with the 2-1 loss to Uruguay, assuring they will ...  >>MORE

UAE team not shying away from clash

Posted on 29/07/2012

London: UAE coach Mahdi Ali is optimistic his team will get better as they line up their next challenge against hosts Team GB in the football competition of the 2012 London Games at Wembley tonight (10.45pm UAE). After going down to Uruguay 2-1 in their Group A opener on Thursday, Ali's group of enthusiastic youngsters are keen to pocket the six points on offer in their next two assignments, including today's much-anticipated encounter. "The first match was a great experience for all of us. ...  >>MORE

UAE prepare for an industrial effort in Manchester

Posted on 22/07/2012

Two decades ago, Manchester staged a bid to host the 2000 Summer Olympics. It was a quixotic attempt from the start, considering the birthplace of the Industrial Revolution had been in decline for decades. It lacked even one five-star hotel and its 1993 population of around 450,000 would have made it the smallest city to host the Summer Games. Manchester survived longer in voting, by the International Olympic Committee (IOC), than did Berlin and Istanbul, no mean feat. But the Mancunian bid ...  >>MORE

Al Wasl hail new boss Bruno Metsu as 'one of the best'

Posted on 18/07/2012

Al Wasl are hopeful the appointment of new boss Bruno Metsu can inspire the club to glory next season. The Dubai club expect their new boss to take office at the Zabeel Stadium next week after the Frenchman signed a two-year deal to replace Diego Maradona. Having dismissed the Argentine legend, Wasl wasted little time in moving for the man who led the UAE to their historic 2007 Gulf Cup of Nations triumph. "Once his travels are confirmed he will be speaking to the press, but that won't take ...  >>MORE

UK expects Olympic spike in tourist flow from UAE

Posted on 11/07/2012

The United Kingdom expects a large number of UAE residents to descend on London for the 2012 Olympics, says British Ambassador Dominic Jermey, who was in his country's capital last week to help review arrangements for the major sporting event opening on July 27. "We have about 80,000 UAE residents going to the UK every year, but we are seeing an upswing of over 10 per cent at the moment, year on year, from where we expect to be normally,” he said. "I would predict a very significant upswing ...  >>MORE

Maradona sacked as coach of Al Wasl

Posted on 11/07/2012

Al Wasl Club has sacked Diego Maradona as their chief coach along with his support staff, according to a decision taken by it's new board late on Tuesday evening. Confirming the news, a club spokesperson said: "The new board of Al Wasl met today and decided to discontinue the services of Maradona for the new season of 2012-13. A decision on his replacement will be taken later." The Argentine legend, incidentally, had a two-year contract with the club of which only one year was over. Asked ...  >>MORE

UAE Olympic team face Gabon in warm-up for London 2012

Posted on 09/07/2012

The UAE Olympic team is due to face Gabon on Sunday in their fourth friendly of the ongoing training camp in preparation for this month's London Olympics. Mahdi Ali's men have played three matches so far. They beat Switzerland's FC Sion 1-0 in their first warm-up match, before suffering a 4-2 beating by Shakhtar Donetsk last week. In Linz, Austria, this week, they overcame Romania's FC Vaslui 1-0. After the Gabon match, the Emirates are scheduled to play three more friendlies against ...  >>MORE

MUSC-UAE granted official status by Manchester United

Posted on 05/07/2012

MUSC-UAE, Manchester United's supporters club in the UAE, has received the honour of becoming an official supporters club for the Premier League side. Originally set up seven years ago but without official affiliation with United, the MUSC-UAE has been steadily growing in numbers and can be found on match day at their regular stomping ground, the Harvesters Pub. However, they are now recognised by Old Trafford as an official club, much to the delight of chairman Mustafa Ibrahim. "I got ...  >>MORE

UAE Olympic National Football Team finishes training camp in Crans-Montana, Switzerland

Posted on 04/07/2012

The UAE national football team has finished its training camp in the Swiss Alps ahead of taking part in the London Olympics. From June 17th to July 2nd, the UAE national football team settled in the Swiss Alpine resort ahead of the 2012 London Games, set to kick off from July 26 to August 9. Landed last Sunday June 17th in Geneva, the team from the Emirates was officially welcomed by Philippe Rubod, CEO of Crans-Montana Tourism: "We in the resort are very proud to have been chosen by the ...  >>MORE

Legends in UAE for Dubai Indoor Football Championship

Posted on 03/07/2012

Christian Karembeu, Fernando Morientes and Aldair lead an all-star cast of ex-professional footballers who will be touching down in the UAE in the coming days to compete in the 2012 Dubai Indoor Football Championship, which kicks off on Sunday. Legends of Real Madrid and Barcelona will once again be making the trip, invoking memories of their thrilling clash in last year's final, where Real overcame their fierce El Clasico rivals after extra time. This year, the Spanish giants are joined by ...  >>MORE

16 UAE hopefuls set for Red Bull Street Style battle

Posted on 28/06/2012

Sixteen of the UAE's top freestyle soccer players will battle it out for the chance to represent their country in the world final of Red Bull Street Style tournament later this year. Returning to these shores for the third time, the competition pits the budding hopefuls against each other as they look to impress judges with their 'tekkers' and vast array of tricks. The first stages of qualifiers took place in Dubai and Sharjah uncovering six of the most talented players, but the capital ...  >>MORE

Al Nasr set to sign Palermo's Fabrizio Miccoli

Posted on 28/06/2012

Exclusive: Palermo striker Fabrizio Miccoli’s agent says the ball is in Palermo’s court over a proposed move to Al Nasr, adding that a deal could be done on Thursday. Miccoli, 32, enjoyed an impressive Serie A campaign last season, scoring 16 goals and boasting 14 assists in 28 appearances, which almost earned him a call-up to Italy’s European Championship squad. With his contract due to expire at the Stadio Renzo Barbera in 12 months, Miccoli could now be set for a move to the UAE ...  >>MORE

Confusion surrounds Diego Maradona’s Al Wasl future

Posted on 18/06/2012

Confusion reigned on Sunday as conflicting reports emerged about the future of Al Wasl coach Diego Maradona. They followed the installation of a new board of directors over the weekend after the previous one resigned en masse on Thursday. Sky News Arabia reported Maradona would be sacked on Sunday evening. The report said: "Sources point out that the new board of directors are convinced at the futility of continuing with Diego Maradona in the position of coach. "This is considering ...  >>MORE

UAE's Khamis Esmail hoping to do Awana proud at Olympics

Posted on 14/06/2012

UAE Olympic team midfielder Khamis Esmail is hoping to give a good account of local football at the London Games and do the late Thiyab Awana proud. Awana was an integral part of Mahdi Ali's squad before his death in a road accident last September aged 21. Close friend Esmail said the former Bani Yas winger often spoke about the Olympics being his biggest dream and that he wanted to use the tournament to put the UAE and himself on the world map. A distraught UAE U-23 side did well to ...  >>MORE

No regrets for Maradona despite Al Wasl's cup agony

Posted on 12/06/2012

Diego Maradona missed out on the first success of his coaching career but insists he has no "regrets” about the way his first season in the UAE ended. Wasl let the GCC Champions League slip through their fingers on Sunday night as a 3-1 first leg advantage over Al Muharraq in Bahrain was erased at the Zabeel Stadium, before the Cheetahs lost the tie on penalties. Ill-discipline cost Maradona his first piece of silverware as coach as goalkeeper Majed Naser was sent off in the 10th minute for ...  >>MORE

Man Utd target aspiring young UAE goalkeepers

Posted on 11/06/2012

Manchester United Soccer Schools (MUSS) in Abu Dhabi is teaching UAE children the vital skills in the art of goalkeeping. Current Manchester United first team keeper David de Gea will act as the inspiration for UK-based goalkeeping expert Peter Nicholls, who is in Abu Dhabi to conduct the four-day course. Taking place from July 1-4, the programme is aimed at the growing number of children interested in following in the footsteps of Manchester United goalkeeping legends Peter Schmeichel and ...  >>MORE

Mohammed bin Hamdan bin Zayed to head new Al Jazira Club board: Mansour Bin Zayed

Posted on 05/06/2012

H.H. Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs and President of Al Jazira Club board stressed that Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed Al-Nahyan will chair the Club's recently reshuffled board of directors and will also select and announce its other members within few days. "We are confident that the new board of Al-Jazira under the chairmanship of Sheikh Mohammed Bin Hamdan Bin Zayed will live up to the responsibility and the aspirations ...  >>MORE

Man City's victory lap lands Premier League trophy in Abu Dhabi

Posted on 31/05/2012

The English Premier League trophy has landed in Abu Dhabi as part of Manchester City's victory lap. The silverware was on display at the Manchester City School of Football at the Officer's Club, accompanied by Mike Summerbee, who was in the City team that won the FA Cup Final in 1969. Mr Summerbee said he hoped the trophy's visit would inspire future players. "If they want to be like their heroes, they have to focus on their favourite players and say they want to be like that," he said. ...  >>MORE

Al Ain sign off Pro-League title winning season in style

Posted on 27/05/2012

Al Ain made sure they ended their Pro League campaign on a high note as they celebrated their coronation as this year's champions with a 4-0 drubbing of Ajman yesterday at the Tahnoon Bin Mohammed Stadium.The entire city of Al Ain went purple in preparation for the grand event and the players signaled their intent from kick-off, as they fought to give the full-capacity crowd one parting gift for the season.An opening goal from Ignacio Scocco in the first half and some heroic touches from the ...  >>MORE

UAE on a high ahead of Futsal Championship

Posted on 24/05/2012

UAE coach Paulo Eduardo de Jesus Pinho a.k.a. ‘Padu' has warned his men not to get ahead of themselves after they beat Qatar and Tajikistan in warm-up games in the run up to the 2012 AFC Futsal Championship, which starts in Dubai on Friday.Brazilian Padu has told his men they can expect a tougher ride when they begin their campaign against Group A rivals Turkmenistan on the opening day at Al Wasl Club.With 2008 Asian runners up Thailand and Kyrgyzstan also drawn in the same group, debutants UAE ...  >>MORE

UAE Olympic football squad announced

Posted on 22/05/2012

Mahdi Ali, coach of the UAE's national Olympic football team, announced his preliminary 24 man squad for London 2012 at the UAE FA headquarters in Al Khawaneej on Monday. Among his selection were four senior players – over the age of 23 – three of whom, as per Olympic rules, can assist the juniors in their quest for medals. They were Al Wahda's striker Esmail Matar, Al Jazira keeper Ali Khasaif, Al Jazira fullback Abdullah Moosa and Al Ahli winger Esmail Al Hammadi. The final cut to 18 ...  >>MORE

Manchester City boss Mancini praises Sheikh Mansour

Posted on 20/05/2012

Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini was quick to credit the support of owner Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak for the club's staggering success in the past 20 months. Qualification for the Champions League and success in last season's FA Cup Final, the club's first piece of silverware since the 1976 League Cup, paved the way for the heart-stopping title success last weekend, when Manchester City won the Premier League with virtually the last kick of the ...  >>MORE

New UAE FA chief has 'big plans' for Emirati football

Posted on 20/05/2012

Yousef Yaqoub Al Serkal has been appointed President of the UAE Football Association after winning last night's ballot by a comprehensive margin from his only rival Abdullah Hareb Al Falahi. Al Serkal and Al Falahi sat side by side talking and smiling as the ballots were cast by representatives of the various clubs in the Emirates. But as the votes were counted, both candidates appeared anxious. The anxiety evident on Al Serkal's face eased when it was announced he had won 26 of the 28 votes ...  >>MORE

Mansour receives Man.City coach; Mancini hails support

Posted on 17/05/2012

Sheikh Mansour Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Presidential Affairs and owner of Manchester City Football Club on Tuesday received the coach of the team Roberto Mancini, his assistant David Platt, the acting chief executive John Macbeath and members of the Club's administration. In remarks at the meeting, Sheikh Mansour hailed the Manchester City's historic win of its first English Premier League title in 44 years. Expressing his best wishes of more achievements ...  >>MORE

Etihad Airways celebrates Manchester City title win

Posted on 15/05/2012

Etihad Airways has led the cheers of celebration for Manchester City as the club was crowned Barclays Premier League champions with victory over Queens Park Rangers at the Etihad Stadium in Manchester. It was the first time since 1968 that Manchester City has won the title in England's top tier of football and the first time the club has lifted the Barclays Premier League trophy. James Hogan, Etihad Airways' President and Chief Executive Officer, said: "We congratulate everyone at Manchester ...  >>MORE

'A lot of prestige in being an Emirati in Manchester right now'

Posted on 15/05/2012

Osama Alamiri, a presenter for Abu Dhabi TV, was at Etihad Stadium on Sunday to see Man City snatch glorious victory from the jaws of defeat. And, he tells The National, there is a lot of prestige in being an Emirati in Manchester right now After the game, an elderly lady approached and asked if I was from Abu Dhabi. When I said yes, she started hugging me. "Please, give big hugs to Sheikh Mansour," she said. She was there in 1968, when Manchester City last won the title. This time, she ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi set for Blue Boom

Posted on 15/05/2012

Abu Dhabi is expecting an economic boost after Manchester City's dramatic victory in the English Premier League on Sunday night. The club, owned by Abu Dhabi ruling family member Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan and sponsored by Etihad Airways could do great things for the UAE capital. Abu Dhabi Tourism and Culture Authority, which is Manchester City's "destination partner”, said it was delighted with the huge publicity from the win. "The destination exposure of our sponsorship is ...  >>MORE

Al Ain-bound Yaqoub credits Wahda boss Hickersberger for his success

Posted on 15/05/2012

Al Ain-bound midfielder Yaqoub Yousef has praised the impact Josef Hickersberger has had on his career as both get ready to leave Al Wahda at the end of the season. The 24-year-old has been a stand-out performer for Wahda, in a strange season that saw them flirt with relegation at one stage yet end the league campaign unbeaten at home and reach the semi-finals of the President's Cup and last eight of the GCC Champions League. Yaqoub's form also led to an international call-up for the UAE, and ...  >>MORE

Manchester City’s Emirati mascot recounts walk with Vincent Kompany at Etihad Stadium

Posted on 06/05/2012

Eight-year-old Emirati Ali Waleed Al Saeedi said his skin is still tingling from the emotions of Monday night's epic clash at the Etihad Stadium. "It was such an exciting day," said Al Saeedi, who won a competition to act as mascot for Manchester City Football Club's titanic derby day triumph over cross-city rivals. "I met all of my Manchester City heroes, even Sergio Aguero. Now City is top of the league again - it just what I wished for!” Al Saeedi returned to Abu Dhabi last night after ...  >>MORE

American footballers pride at progress of the game in UAE

Posted on 02/05/2012

American football made its competitive debut at Zayed Sports City yesterday as two teams from the fledgling UAE Falcons held a proper scrimmage. "Before, we didn't have enough people to do what we did now," said Khalid Al Qassemi, 25, a member of the Sharjah royal family who played offensive right guard for one side. "Before, it was just an offence-against-defence type of game. Now, with two proper teams, we consider this our first local American football game. Reaching where we are right ...  >>MORE

Foreign rule gives UAE Pro League clubs a lift in AFC clashes

Posted on 01/05/2012

Pro League Committee (PLC) Deputy Chairman Abdulla N Al Junaibi believes the league's adoption of the Asian Football Confederation's (AFC) 3+1 foreign player rule as aided UAE clubs in the Champions League. Prior to this season, the clubs were allowed to field three foreign players domestically, making it tough for clubs competing in Asia. Some clubs signed an additional Asian player for the Champions League, but they would only be eligible for that competition. That changed ahead of the ...  >>MORE

Two Emiratis and Lebanese go to Barcelona for Nike Globe Finals

Posted on 30/04/2012

Emiratis Omar Rahmani and Mounir Bourayou and Lebanon's Alexis Khazzaka will represent the Middle East at Nike's The Chance Globe Finals in Barcelona later this year. The trio were picked by Nike coaches from among nearly 300 youngsters from four countries - including Saudi Arabia and Qatar - to participate in the regional trials at Al Ahli Club in Dubai. The first session was held two weeks back and 100 were retained for the final weekend which concluded at Rashid Stadium on Saturday. ...  >>MORE

Emirates Airlines line-up Real Madrid shirt sponsorship deal

Posted on 30/04/2012

Emirates Airlines are in talks to replace Austrian betting firm win as Real Madrid's main shirt sponsor from 2013, Sport360° understands. Emirates added to their extensive sports sponsorship portfolio in July last year when they became a Partner and Official Airline to the Spanish giants. The five-year sponsorship deal marked the first anniversary since Emirates launched flights to the Spanish capital and gave the Dubai-based airline brand visibility at the Estadio Bernabeu and Real Madrid ...  >>MORE

Al Ahli set to hit the sand in São Paulo

Posted on 26/04/2012

The recently crowned champions of the UAE National Beach Soccer League, Al Ahli, will join the beach football event Mundialito de Clubes. The Dubai-based club will hit the sand in the second edition of the event, which takes place at Arena de Guarapiranga in São Paulo, Brazil, from May 12-19, facing the best clubs in the world. The challenge is huge, and in the first stage, Al Ahli will need to do their best in a group shaped by the likes of hosts Corinthians, Sporting Clube Portugal and ...  >>MORE

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Man Utd to open Soccer School in Dubai


Man City-target Abdulrahman backed to succeed in Europe


Maradona named Honorary Ambassador of Sports in Dubai


Al Jazira impress with win in Austria


Al Wasl reveal ambitious plans for Zabeel Stadium


Mahdi Ali confirmed as new UAE national coach


UAE's Omar Abdulrahman kicks off Manchester City trial


Team GB quick to praise UAE players after ending their Olympic dream


UAE team not shying away from clash


UAE prepare for an industrial effort in Manchester


Al Wasl hail new boss Bruno Metsu as 'one of the best'


UK expects Olympic spike in tourist flow from UAE


Maradona sacked as coach of Al Wasl


UAE Olympic team face Gabon in warm-up for London 2012


MUSC-UAE granted official status by Manchester United


UAE Olympic National Football Team finishes training camp in Crans-Montana, Switzerland


Legends in UAE for Dubai Indoor Football Championship


16 UAE hopefuls set for Red Bull Street Style battle


Al Nasr set to sign Palermo's Fabrizio Miccoli


Confusion surrounds Diego Maradona’s Al Wasl future


UAE's Khamis Esmail hoping to do Awana proud at Olympics


No regrets for Maradona despite Al Wasl's cup agony


Man Utd target aspiring young UAE goalkeepers


Mohammed bin Hamdan bin Zayed to head new Al Jazira Club board: Mansour Bin Zayed


Man City's victory lap lands Premier League trophy in Abu Dhabi


Al Ain sign off Pro-League title winning season in style


UAE on a high ahead of Futsal Championship


UAE Olympic football squad announced


Manchester City boss Mancini praises Sheikh Mansour


New UAE FA chief has 'big plans' for Emirati football


Mansour receives Man.City coach; Mancini hails support


Etihad Airways celebrates Manchester City title win


'A lot of prestige in being an Emirati in Manchester right now'


Abu Dhabi set for Blue Boom


Al Ain-bound Yaqoub credits Wahda boss Hickersberger for his success


Manchester City’s Emirati mascot recounts walk with Vincent Kompany at Etihad Stadium


American footballers pride at progress of the game in UAE


Foreign rule gives UAE Pro League clubs a lift in AFC clashes


Two Emiratis and Lebanese go to Barcelona for Nike Globe Finals


Emirates Airlines line-up Real Madrid shirt sponsorship deal


Al Ahli set to hit the sand in São Paulo