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Pedal Faster! Lighting the House with Our Workouts?

August 15th, 2017 · No Comments · UAE

I remain on the mailing list of numerous public-relations companies in the United Arab Emirates. Generally, their missives call for about a five-second look-see at whatever person or product is being flogged, followed by punching the “delete” key. Today, I got a release that actually got me past the first 15 words. To wit: RUNNING […]

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From Bora to Caio, Wandering Soccer Coaches I Have Known

July 29th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Arabian Gulf League, Football, soccer, UAE

If it sometimes seems as if American sports tend to cycle through the same few dozen coaches … well, it’s pretty much the case. How else to explain Larry Brown, Buck Showalter, Marty Schottenheimer, et al? But international soccer coaches take it to a whole ‘nother level. Some of these guys have coached at 10, […]

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U.S. Soccer and an Age-Group Success?

May 26th, 2017 · No Comments · Arsenal, Fifa, Football, France, Italy, London 2012, Rio Olympics, soccer, Spain, UAE

In 1999, a U.S. team led by Landon Donovan got to the semifinals of the Fifa Under 17 Championship, in New Zealand. The young Americans played Australia to a 2-2 draw but lost the shootout 7-6 when Kenny Cutler missed his penalty and Oz’s Joshua Kennedy converted. Brazil won the tournament and the Yanks finished […]

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Omar Abdulrahman: Asia’s No. 1 Soccer Player

May 23rd, 2017 · No Comments · Arabian Gulf League, London Olympics, soccer, UAE, World Cup

In six-plus years based in Abu Dhabi, I saw this kid play dozens of times in person, hundreds of times when we add TV exposure … and it seems to me a highly justified decision by one on the web’s most important soccer sites: Omar Abdulrahman of Al Ain and the United Arab Emirates, best […]

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When Three Soccer Clubs Disappear in a Day

May 17th, 2017 · No Comments · Arabian Gulf League, Dubai, Fifa, Football, soccer, UAE

The most authentic sports experience in the United Arab Emirates is anything pertaining to the domestic soccer league — the Arabian Gulf League. It is a league overseen by Emiratis, largely staffed by Emiratis, featuring clubs overwhelmingly made up of Emirati footballers, and the whole of the league is largely watched by Emiratis, whether on […]

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Look Who Has a Job! Diego Maradona

May 14th, 2017 · No Comments · Arabian Gulf League, Dubai, Football, soccer, UAE

El Jefe Loco, as I liked to call him while writing my countdown-sa2010 blog, back when Diego Maradona was coaching Argentina ahead of the 2010 World Cup, is off the unemployment rolls. He has been hired to coach a club in the UAE. The biggest and best? Al Ain or Al Ahli? Well, no. One […]

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Freakshakes: Yes, It’s a Thing in the UAE

May 8th, 2017 · 1 Comment · UAE

Never minimize the United Arab Emirates’ ability and willingness to be part of any conversation about overindulging. The country may not have invented wretched excess, but it has embraced it. Take, for instance, the so-called “freakshake”, described in this story in The National newspaper as “basically, oversized, pimped-out milkshakes. … The bigger, the better.” Freakshakes […]

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This Is What World Cup Qualifying Disaster Feels Like

March 28th, 2017 · No Comments · Russia 2018, soccer, UAE, World Cup

As fans of the U.S. national team, we have skewed perceptions of what qualifies as hard times. As a fan of the UAE national team, I can vouch for that. For the Americans, World Cup qualifying losses to Mexico and Costa Rica, two of the top sides in the western hemisphere, ranks as a panic […]

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World Cup Qualifiers: A Sinking Feeling, Twice

March 22nd, 2017 · No Comments · Fifa, Olympics, Russia 2018, soccer, The National, UAE, World Cup

I follow two national soccer teams, the United States and the UAE. Both play twice in the coming week in crucial 2018 World Cup qualifiers. I don’t feel good about either national team’s chances. For reasons that apply to both — key injuries, the pressure to produce results and competent opponents. First, the U.S.

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March Madness and a Dog in the Hunt

March 16th, 2017 · No Comments · Abu Dhabi, Basketball, France, UAE, UCLA, USC

After leaving the U.S. for Abu Dhabi, in 2009, my interest in college basketball waned. As I noted in blog posts from recent years, while living in the UAE, it requires work to follow the college game from the other side of the world. Too many teams, too many games, too big a time gap […]

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