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رغبة منا بالتعرف على مستوى رضاكم عن موقعنا وبهدف تطويره وتحسينه، فقد قمنا بتصميم استبيان سريع لقياس مدى الرضا عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة روعي في تصميم الاستبيان أن يكون قصيرا وسريعا كي لا نطيل عليكم، وعليه نرجو منكم التكرم باستكماله عن طريق الرابط التالي
استبيان رضا المتعاملين عن موقع دولة الإمارات العربية المتحدة

Historic triumph for UAE

posted on 10/12/2003: 1765 views



The UAE made soccer history yesterday when Ismail Matar struck a last-gasp match-winner against Australia to send the hosts into the quarterfinals of the FIFA World Youth Championships at the Sharjah Stadium.



The UAE created history of sorts as they have never reached the quarterfinals of a FIFA-sanctioned event. Yesterday, it all changed. Matar, who posed a constant threat to the Australians with his outstanding ball skills and silken passes that set up a series of dangerous opportunities for his strikers, fittingly found the net in the final minutes of an absorbing pre-quarterfinal.



The UAE captain led his forces from the front and virtually pulled the strings both in midfield and attack. Prior to the match UAE coach Jean-Francois Jodar commented on Matar skills: "It's like having Zinedine Zidane in the French team. With his presence and play, he increases the confidence level in the squad." Speaking before the match to journalists a confident Matar himself proclaimed: "At this stage of the competition, there are no minnows. We must respect the Australians for having got this far. I feel that the team which is stronger mentally will win it." Matar proved that he had the mind and the skills to help his team advance in historic fashion. (The Gulf News)

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