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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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When You Didn’t See What You’ve Seen

October 10th, 2016 · 1 Comment · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, The National

Going back to the Abu Dhabi days here. In the UAE, daily English-language journalism is, 95 percent of the time, not dissimilar from English-language journalism in the U.S. or Britain. Timely, fact-based, well-sourced. But then there is that 5 percent when things get a bit squirrely, and you didn’t really see what you saw — […]

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Dubai’s Boss and the Empty Government Office

August 29th, 2016 · No Comments · Dubai, UAE

I love this story. Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid, the ruler of Dubai and the UAE’s vice president, made some surprise visits to the city-state’s governmental agencies yesterday. At one municipality office, identified by The National as the Department of Economic Development, not a soul was to be found. During working hours. An embedded video went […]

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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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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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Dubai Finally Gets Around to a Big Stadium

May 6th, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Football, soccer, UAE

During six years following the sports scene in the United Arab Emirates, I often returned to one question: Why does Dubai not have a big stadium? Dubai has hundreds of big buildings, including the world’s tallest. Dubai loves big buildings. Much of its reputation is based on big buildings, and that skyline of skyscrapers. But […]

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Soccer Diplomacy Fails Saudi and Iranian Clubs

March 17th, 2016 · No Comments · Champions League, Dubai, Football, soccer

Just the other day I was thinking about how remarkable it is that nation states that don’t like each other often manage to go on playing soccer matches. I was thinking in particular of the Asian Champions League, which this year has three groups that include clubs from both Saudi Arabia and Iran — which […]

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Emirates Seizes U.S. Beachhead in Dodger Stadium

February 22nd, 2016 · No Comments · Arsenal, Baseball, Dodgers, Dubai, Travel, UAE

Heretofore, “Emirates” was a name American sports fans saw just about only on the jerseys of prominent European soccer teams. Real Madrid. Arsenal. PSG. AC Milan. This season, the logo of the aggressive, Dubai-based airline, will be seen in a baseball stadium for the first time — behind home plate and at the foul poles […]

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A Little Languedoc Club and Two French Soccer Championships

February 3rd, 2016 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Dubai, Football, soccer, The National

I must first have noticed the city of Sete on the map, where the Languedoc region of southern France creeps down to the edge of the Mediterranean Sea. Sete is near the southern end of a confused stretch of French coastline, where land gives way to water and back again from west of Marseille almost […]

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Drones and Their Natural Enemies: Birds of Prey

December 18th, 2015 · No Comments · Dubai, The National

Drones? Turn the birds of prey loose on them! This became a local story, in Dubai, when someone’s drone, hovering over Jumeirah Park, was brought down by a falcon, as explained in this story in The National. A Polish expat, who witnessed the falcon attack, got a photo of the falcon perched atop its victim, […]

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