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SPORT & LEISURE - FOOTBALL

Al Ain qualifies to Asian Cup final

Posted on 31/08/2003

Al Ain Club qualified for the final of the Asian Cup championship of champion clubs although they went down 3:4 to Dalian Club of China in their second leg match held here today. Al Ain will clash with BEC Tero Sasana Club of Thailand for the coveted cup. Playing at home five months ago, Al Ain beat Dalian 4:2 to bring the total result of the two-leg tie at 7:6, which gave the Emirati club its first berth to the final of the continental tournament, making it the first club from the UAE to ...  >>MORE

Rashid invites Manchester United to play in Dubai

Posted on 16/06/2003

Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum the Dubai club President announced his intentions to invite English Premier league champions Manchester United to visit Dubai and play a friendly match. "Manchester United will visit Dubai soon, I have a very good relations with United boss Peter Kenyon and they know that I support them," he said. Sheikh Rashid was speaking to the media during celebrations when his team clinched the Prime Cup in Al Ain recently. He added that Manchester United ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Sultan meets champions of the President's Cup

Posted on 02/06/2003

H.H. Dr. Sheikh Sultan bin Mohammed Al Qasimi, Supreme Council Member and Ruler of Sharjah, yesterday received here Chairman and Board members of the Sharjah Sports Club, administrative staff and players who won the President's football cup of 2002/2003. Muhsin Musabah, captain of the team, presented the cup to Sheikh Sultan in recognition of his support for youth and sports. (The Emirates News Agency, WAM) ...  >>MORE

Al Ain clinch Super Cup

Posted on 17/05/2003

Al Ain proved that they are the best football team in the UAE when they outclassed arch rivals Al Wahda 3-1 in the Super Cup final to clinch their second major title in the current season after winning the league championships last month. Al Ain will now look for the third title when they meet Dalian of China in the Asian Champions league final second leg which the AFC decided to be held at the end of August in China. Al Ain have won the first leg (4-2) held in Al Ain last month. Dr. Ali ...  >>MORE

Al Ahli blank Al Khaleej in quarterfinals

Posted on 03/05/2003

Defending champions Al Ahli blanked Al Khaleej 4-0 in the President's Cup quarterfinals at the at the Al Shaab stadium yesterday. Al Ahli will meet Sharjah in the semifinals on May 22 to decide a finalist for the May 29 showdown. The match was not a tough battle for Al Ahli, who didn't have much difficulty in surpassing the runners-up of the second division, who won promotion to the first division last month. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

UAE defeats Tajikistan in Asian Olympic qualifications

Posted on 27/04/2003

The UAE edged closer to a first-ever qualification in an Olympic Games with a close 1-0 victory in their away match against Tajikistan played at the Central Stadium in Dushanbe yesterday. The victory gave the UAE a 4-0 aggregate score and a place in the second round of the Athens Olympics qualifiers against Thailand later. The UAE had humbled the Tajiks 3-0 in their home game played at the Al Wasl Club ground last week. Though securing the smallest of victory margins, it was the UAE side, which ...  >>MORE

UAE's patience pays rich dividends

Posted on 20/04/2003

It was a just reward for patience. After being kept at bay by a stubborn Tajikistan defence for a full 50 minutes, the UAE opened its preliminary campaign of qualifying for the 2004 Athens Olympics with a fluent 3-0 win at the Al Wasl Club Stadium yesterday. The home team did everything right only to be repeatedly denied a goal by the visitors right through the first half. But once they managed to break loose and score for the first time in the 51st minute, there was no stopping them. The ...  >>MORE

Mohammed gives Emarat title

Posted on 18/04/2003

Mohammed Hasan scored the golden goal for Emarat Club, just 38 seconds from the start of the first extra time, to clinch the second division league championship following a hard-fought match against Al Khaleej club held at Al Maktoum stadium yesterday. The regular time finished 2-2. Both the teams have earned promotion to the first division last week and yesterday's match was to decide the second division champions. Sultan Saqr Al Suwaidi, General Secretary, General Authority of Youth and ...  >>MORE

UAE Olympic team gearing up to take on Tajikistan

Posted on 17/04/2003

The UAE National Olympic team continued training yesterday at the Al Wasl stadium under English coach Roy Hodgson. They are in the process of finalising their preparations before meeting Tajikistan at home on Saturday in the 2004 Athens Olympic qualifier. The away match will be held in Tajikistan a week later. "All the players took part in the training session, they are fit and ready for the match," Abdul Majeed Hussain, the UAE Olympic team manager told Gulf News yesterday at the end of ...  >>MORE

Saeed bin Zayed resigns from Football Federation Chairmanship

Posted on 13/04/2003

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chairman of the Seaport Authority, yesterday submitted his resignation as Chairman of the UAE Football Federation, UAEFF, saying that he will not give up to work for the development of UAE football. Sheikh Saeed, however, said that he would continue to remain as the chairman of the Mondiale Organising Committee as part of his support for the world youth championship to be hosted by the UAE. Wishing success to the new UAEFF Board, Sheikh Saeed said that the ...  >>MORE

UAE to stage youth event in November

Posted on 09/04/2003

In what can best be described as a dramatic turn of events the World Youth Football Championship will be held in the UAE this year from November 27 to December 19. The announcement of the fresh dates was made in a statement by Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the Supreme Organising Committee (SOC) and President of the UAE Football Association UAE FA. Sheikh Saeed's announcement followed a crucial meeting between Mohammed bin Hammam Al Abdullah, Chairman Asian Football ...  >>MORE

UAE delegation for Kuala Lumpur

Posted on 05/04/2003

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE Football Association and President of the Supreme Organising Committee (SOC) of the 2003 FIFA Youth World Cup Championship, instructed to form a delegation to represent the SOC in a meeting with Mohammed bin Hammam Al Abdullah, Chairman of the Asian Football Confederation (AFC) which will be held on Tuesday at the AFC premises in Kuala Lumpur. The purpose of the meeting is to co-ordinate between the AFC Chairman and the SOC representatives ...  >>MORE

UAE Olympic team begin preparation

Posted on 02/04/2003

The UAE National Olympic football team started a closed training camp in Dubai yesterday under the English coach Roy Hodgson. The UAE team are preparing for the 2004 Athens Olympics qualifiers in which they meet Tajikistan in two leg matches. The home match will be in Dubai on April 19 and the away match is in Tajikistan after one week. The UAE team manager said the Olympic team will play two warm up matches to have good preparation for the Tajikistan matches. Abdul Majied Hussain said that he ...  >>MORE

Saeed not optimistic about UAE's chances

Posted on 02/04/2003

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, UAE FA President and the 2003 World Youth Championship Supreme Organising Committee President said that he was not optimistic that the Youth World Championship would be held in the UAE. Sheikh Saeed, in a statement to the media, claimed that he had his doubts when the FIFA executive committee in a meeting held on March 6, asked President Sepp Blatter and Asian Football Confederation chairman Mohammed bin Hammam to decide on the 2003 Youth World Championship. ...  >>MORE

Bujsaim adjudged best Arab referee

Posted on 14/03/2003

The UAE's Ali Bujsaim is delighted on being adjudged the best football referee of the Arab World. This is the seventh time since 1996 that the UAE's top soccer official has been bestowed the coveted award for his fine showing on the football field. The annual award, given away by Lebanese sports magazine, Al-Hadath Al-Riyadi, was announced late on Wednesday. "I am proud to get the award. It is such a proud moment in my life. And I am equally proud that the name of my country is right there on ...  >>MORE

Saeed sets the record straight

Posted on 08/03/2003

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan Chairman of the (SOC) supreme organising committee FIFA Youth World Cup Championship and the UAE Football Association president issued a statement yesterday. Sheikh Saeed's statement came after FIFA's executive committee decided to postpone the World Youth Championship to an unspecified date. FIFA's decision was made following safety fears triggered by the threat of war against Iraq. The championship was due to run from March 25-April 16. Sheikh Saeed's ...  >>MORE

GCC event to be held in Dubai

Posted on 25/02/2003

The First GCC beach football championship will kick off on March 4 in Dubai. The event sees the participation of the six GCC countries; Kuwait, Oman, Bahrain, Saudi Arabia, Qatar and the hosts UAE. The tournament will be held under the patronage of Sheikh Rashid bin Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, President of Dubai Club. Sheikh Rashid will play in the UAE team along with his brother Sheikh Hamdan bin Mohammed bin Rashid with representatives of the UAE national team, who played in Italia '90. ...  >>MORE

Abu Dhabi ready for FIFA Youth World Cup tournament

Posted on 22/02/2003

Hassan Ali Al Hammadi, Chairman of the Pubic Relations of Abu Dhabi Group for the FIFA Youth World Cup to be hosted by the UAE from March 25 to April 16, has confirmed that the Abu Dhabi city is fully prepared to host the championship, the country's guests and the participants in this great event. Al Hammadi reiterated that the Group has spared no effort to provide all the requirements of success for the two groups, which will play at the Zayed Sports City and Al Wahda Sport stadiums. Serious ...  >>MORE

ETISALAT to sponsor FIFA event

Posted on 04/02/2003

The Emirates Telecommunications Corporation (ETISALAT) signed a Dh1 million contract with the 2003 FIFA World Youth Championship Organising Committee under which ETISALAT will become an event sponsor of the FIFA World Youth Championship (FWYC) to be held in the UAE from March 25 to April 16. Mattar Al Tayer, director FIFA World Youth Championship, and Mohammed Ahmed Al Fahim, executive vice president, marketing, ETISALAT, signed the contract at the ETISALAT building in Dubai yesterday. ...  >>MORE

Emirates a key sponsor of FIFA World Cup in Germany

Posted on 29/01/2003

Emirates, the international airline of the UAE, yesterday became an official partner of the 2006 FIFA World Cup in Germany as they spread their wings to acquire a greater global profile.The landmark alliance was announced in the presence of Sheikh Ahmed bin Saeed Al Maktoum, President, Dubai Civil Aviation and Chairman of Emirates Group, FIFA Vice President Jack Warner and 2006 Organising Committee Chairman Franz Beckenbauer at a Burj Al Arab press luncheon. Sheikh Ahmed signed the ...  >>MORE

Adnan feted in style

Posted on 04/01/2003

Adnan Al Talyani, one of the famous sons of the Emirates, was given a fitting farewell by over 60,000 faithful and appreciative fans that poured into the Zayed Sports City stadium in Abu Dhabi last night. Talyani, the highest-capped UAE footballer, made his appearance 13 minutes from the full time to a standing ovation - the best ever crowd seen at the same stadium after the country's Asia Cup final against Saudi Arabia in 1996. The former UAE captain couldn't have asked for a better send ...  >>MORE

ADNOC signs major deal with UAE FA

Posted on 30/09/2002

ADNOC FOD signed up as one of the main sponsors of the FIFA Under-20 World Cup to be hosted by the UAE in March and April next year. ADNOC FOD signed a million dollar deal yesterday at the company's premises in Abu Dhabi. The proceedings were attended by Mattar Al Tayer, the Secretary General of the UAE FA and Tournament Director, Jamal Al Dharif, Managing Director of ADNOC, Ramadhan bin Aamer of FIFA and Abdul Karim Al Zarounie, of the Higher Organising Committee of the event. Al Tayer ...  >>MORE

UAE youth squad gearing up for Asian tourney

Posted on 05/08/2002

The UAE youth under 17 national team continued their daily training sessions at the Zayed sports city in Abu Dhabi in preparation for the Asian youth under 17 championship, to be held in Abu Dhabi and Dubai from September 6-22. The UAE youth, who returned to Abu Dhabi last week after conducting a three-week camp in Hungary, will leave to Iran on August 15 to take part in an international youth tournament, which begins on August 17. The UAE youth then will return to Abu Dhabi on August 25 ...  >>MORE

Khalifa donates Dh4.6million to Al Ain Club

Posted on 29/07/2002

H.H. Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, has donated Dh4.6 million to Al Ain, in appreciation of the general performance of the Club last season. According to Mohammed Khalfan Al Rumaithy, Chairman of the Club's Executive Committee, Dh3.3million out of the total amount, has been given to the Club's senior side, including the players, technical and administrative teams for winning the national football league last ...  >>MORE

President raises prize for Zayed cup football championship winners

Posted on 11/06/2002

President H.H. Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan yesterday increased the prize of the Zayed Cup football tournament to Dh350,000 for the first winner and Dh150,000 for the second winner. A statement issued by the UAE Football Association, UAFA, said that Sheikh Zayed's generous gesture was a true reflection of the President's appreciation for those citizens who excelled through their hardwork and his keen desire to encourage to instil the spirit of dignified competition. "It is also an ...  >>MORE

English coach Hodgson takes on UAE Football Association

Posted on 18/04/2002

English football coach Roy Hodgson joined the UAE Football Association on 13 April to take over as coach to the national soccer team. Hodgson has worked with top clubs in Europe including the Italian Serie A clubs Udinese and Inter Milan. In England he coached Blackburn Rovers, Bristol City, Swedish club Malmo and FC Copenhagen. ...  >>MORE

UAE defeats Oman by 1 goal

Posted on 17/01/2002

The UAE today defeated Oman by one goal goal scored by Alu Ali in the first fifteen minutes of the game. The UAE team showed a high level of preparedness and played with great confidence in its opening match the 15th Gulf Cup with Oman. All the six GCC states are participating in the the 15th Gulf Cup that started here yesterday. (The Gulf News) ...  >>MORE

UAE begin preparation for Gulf Cup

Posted on 02/01/2002

The UAE football team began the new year with the first training session, under the guidance of the Dutch caretaker coach, Jo Bonfrere, who is on loan from Al Wahda Club. The UAE are preparing for the 15th Gulf Cup, to be held in Saudi Arabia from January 16-30. Sheikh Dhiyab bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice-President of the UAE FA, attended the training held last night at the main ground of Zayed Sports City. The indications are that the FA officials are giving a lot of importance to the ...  >>MORE

President's Cup kicks off today

Posted on 02/01/2002

The 26th President's Cup tournament begins today with the preliminary rounds in four groups. The UAE Football Association decided to hold the first round matches without clubs' national team players who are preparing to take part in the Gulf Cup in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia, from January 16-30. The 29 clubs are divided into four groups. Group A, C, and D comprise seven clubs each and Group B consists of eight teams. Each group will have a round robin league from January 2 to 31. The top four ...  >>MORE

UAE FA introduces 'reserve league'

Posted on 15/12/2001

The UAE Football Association tournaments committee decided in it's last meeting to introduce a new tournament called 'The Reserve League'. This event will commence from the 2002-2003 season. The committee has also decided to play the youth tournaments in the 2002-2003 season. They are as follows: Under 18, Under 16, Under 14. The committee decided to bring forward the date of the Al Ahli-Al Shaab league match to be played on January 1, instead of the earlier fixed date which was ...  >>MORE

UAE loses chance of World Cup final

Posted on 01/11/2001

The UAE national football team lost the match against Iran on 31 October 3-0. The UAE now has no hope of getting to the second stage of the World Cup finals. ...  >>MORE

Play off spot clinched by UAE

Posted on 21/10/2001

UAE got the point they needed when they managed to scramble a draw with bottom of the table Oman at Abu Dhabi yesterday. UAE went a goal down after 22 minutes when Taqi Moubarak put Oman ahead, and two down after 41 minutes through Hani Dhabet. UAE pulled one back just after half time when Abdulrahman Ibrahim scored for them. Dutch coach Tini Ruijz then brought on attackers Bachir Said and Yasser Salem in an effort to save the game. The changes paid off when Said provided the pass for ...  >>MORE

UAE to host World Youth Football Cup

Posted on 16/06/2001

Football's world governing body Fifa has selected the United Arab Emirates (UAE) to host the 2003 world youth (Under-20) finals, according to Fifa president Joseph Blatter. The announcement followed a Fifa executive committee meeting in Zurich. The UAE was in competition with South Korea, which is to co-host the 2002 World Cup tournament with Japan. A Fifa delegation recently inspected facilities in the Emirates recently. The UAE organised the finals of the 11th Asian Cup in 1996 and now ...  >>MORE

UAE football team should qualify for Mondiale 2002-Sheikh Saeed

Posted on 21/05/2001

Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, the new Chairman of the UAE Football Association, today said that his prior objective at the present stage was to ensure that the UAE National team qualifies for the World Cup 2002 to be held in Korean and Japan. Speaking at a press conference after succeeding his brother Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, Sheikh Saeed said that the recent setbacks of the team were considered normal for a team of its age. Asked whether ...  >>MORE

Sheikh Abdullah steps down as football association chief

Posted on 20/05/2001

Sheikh Abdullah bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Minister of Information and Culture, and President of the UAE Football Association, resigned from his post yesterday. The reasons cited were private and public obligations. The post of UAEFA President will now be taken up by Sheikh Abdullah's brother Sheikh Saeed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Chief of the Abu Dhabi Ports Authority and President of the Al Wahda Sports and Cultural Club. The resignation of the UAEFA President also leads to the resignation of the ...  >>MORE

UAE women clinch indoor soccer title

Posted on 29/04/2001

UAE women's team won the first Indoor Women's Soccer tournament which concluded at the Al Wasl indoor stadium on Friday. UAE, led by Hamda Abdulla, defeated France 3-1 on tiebreaker in the final. The two teams scored one goal each in normal time. France took an early lead through a goal from Ella and UAE fought back and levelled through a free-kick from Abdulla. Earlier, in the semi-finals UAE, who defeated the Arab, US and Russian teams in the preliminary rounds, edged past the star-studded ...  >>MORE

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