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Entries Tagged as 'Arabian Gulf League'

A Coach, and a Team, Struck Down on Verge of Breakthrough

November 28th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Dubai, Football, soccer, The National

His given name was Luiz Carlos Saroli, but he was known by the informal Caio Junior, going back to his playing days in Portugal and his native Brazil. And that is how we referred to him in the pages of The National while he coached in the UAE. He died in a plane crash tonight, […]

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Ricardo Quaresma: From Dubai Rejection to Euro 2016 Hero

June 25th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Barcelona, Dubai, Football, France, soccer, UAE

It was three years ago that I saw Ricardo Quaresma at what must have been his low ebb. This would have been in Abu Dhabi, in the stands at Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium, where I watching the final of the President’s Cup — which pitted Al Ahli and Al Shabab on a stultifying May evening. […]

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BMW, Al Ain and the UAE National Anthem Debacle

May 31st, 2016 · No Comments · Arabian Gulf League, Football, soccer, The National, UAE

This falls under the heading of a particularly broad category of human events. To wit: What were they thinking?!? Someone at a BMW dealership and someone at Al Ain FC, the most celebrated soccer club in the UAE, thought it would be a good idea to do a commercial spot. So far so good. However, […]

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Quique! A Classy Coach Jettisoned by Delusional English Club

May 15th, 2016 · No Comments · Arabian Gulf League, Arsenal, Dubai, English Premier League, Football, soccer, Spain, The National, UAE

Ah, Quique Sanchez Flores. Here we are on Day 2 of My Favorite Soccer Coaches Roundup, which includes a certain Spanish player and coach who grew up wanting to be a sports writer. But more about that in a bit. I have been a fan of Quique Sanchez Flores from the moment he was named […]

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UAE and a Long, Hard Fight to 2018 World Cup

April 14th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Football, soccer, UAE, World Cup

This never was going to be easy but until the Asian Football Confederation draw for the final round of qualifying earlier this week … it didn’t seem quite so daunting. Two groups of six with the top two in each group — following a 10-match home-and-away, round-robin competition — securing a place at Russia 2018. […]

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Always a Sports Partisan

December 5th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Arsenal, Dubai, English Premier League, Football, soccer, UAE

Is this just me, or does anyone else find a rooting interest in every sporting contest ever invented? Seems a bit odd, now that I think about it, but that’s how it works. And not just with teams I know. Within five minutes of watching a match between teams I do not know … I […]

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Hell Freezes Over; Dibba 4, Al Jazira 2

September 26th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Fifa, Football, soccer, The National, UAE

This was the mind-boggling score of the weekend. Actually, of the season, so far. Maybe the decade, to date. A team from a hamlet, really, of the northern UAE outback that is Fujairah, scoring four on Al Jazira, the big, proud club smack in the middle of the 1 million people on Abu Dhabi Island. […]

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Little Brother Decides Jazira-Wahda Derby

September 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Football, soccer, The National, UAE

I need to scold the newspaper headline writer for this one. “Matar man of the moment …” is how it started. And anyone who follows UAE soccer would immediately think of someone other than the man to whom the headline writer was referring. That would be Ismail Matar, the Al Wahda forward universally considered one […]

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The 8-Year-Old Kid and the Bentley GT V8 Coupe

September 14th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Dubai, Football, The National, UAE

It is tempting to say that little Mohammed Khaled is the first kid on his block to have a Bentley, but given the mania for cars in the UAE, that’s an assumption we can’t make. It is fair to suggest he will have the longest wait to get behind the wheel of the new Bentley […]

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Wahda’s Newcomer Gives ‘Friends’ a One-Finger Salute

September 13th, 2015 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Football, soccer, The National, UAE

Jorge Valdivia is known for being … a bit controversial. Arguments with soccer authorities, rumors about off-the-field issues … But he usually overcomes any of that with his football skills, which are advanced. Al Ain fans still get a bit rapturous when recalling his two-season stay with the team from 2008 to 10. Fans in […]

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