Figo29 » Sponsored For Football and Me Thu, 21 Jul 2016 11:09:25 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium in Dubai Mon, 09 May 2016 11:31:32 +0000 When art and football meet on Dubai’s soil, the result is phenomenal.

This is the least to be said after seeing the newly revealed plans to build the “Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium”, in Al Aweer area in Dubai, UAE.

His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice President and Prime Minister of the UAE and Ruler of Dubai, has seen the designs for the new stadium and ordered execution of the project according to the scheduled timeline.

Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid checking the Stadium design
Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid checking the Stadium design

The AED 3 billion (almost 817 million US Dollars) stadium will be the world’s first fully air-conditioned and raised off the ground stadium. It will be compliant with FIFA’s standards, hosting 60,000 seats, training halls, a 5000 car park, a sports museum and conference halls.

More details about the timeline and execution of the highly anticipated stadium will be revealed soon, yet it is expected to be part of the hosting stadiums for the AFC Asian Cup 2019, to be held in UAE.

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The joy of seeing such a project being developed in Dubai is overwhelming. Dubai is among the world’s best places and cities and it is about time to boost such a football related achievement.

A stadium like the Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium will be the touristic attraction to look forward while visiting UAE, and Dubai in specific. With how it is planned to be, it will surely surpass the other jewel of the UAE, the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium which is a state of the art stadium and one of the most advanced sporting arena in the Middle East.

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I am too thrilled to see this new stadium and it is no secret that I always thought and wanted Dubai to have a more than 50,000 seat football stadium. I am already imaging international teams and clubs plying their trade within this fantastic achievement. We might even see the Spanish Super Cup, the European Super Cup, or even an El Clasico hosted at the Mohammed bin Rashid Stadium.

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du Football Champions Thu, 08 Oct 2015 09:37:51 +0000 du adds life-to-life to a new generation of sports savvy individuals with the launch of du Football Champions (duFC), to discover young talents in the UAE and thus build tomorrow’s football stars, in partnership with La Liga.

du football champions

Through a ground breaking partnership with La Liga, duFC is designed to offer youth talent from across the UAE the opportunity for a professional international and national football career.  The Championship is also endorsed by the UAE Football Association and is open to boys and girls aged 11-17 from across the UAE. Featuring the UAE Schools Cup and UAE Streets Cup, duFC officially kicks off its inaugural edition on October 17 in Abu Dhabi and will run until March 19, 2015.

Designed to attract the largest number of football enthusiasts, duFC is at no charge to schools or street teams and will enable some 8,000 players (boys & girls) from across the UAE to participate in the Championship.

The announcement and launch of du Football Champions was attended by Fernando Sanz, La Liga Director General in MENA and first La Liga Global Ambassador; Saeed Al Tenaiji, Executive Committee Member UAEFA and Chairman of Social Responsibility Committee, Yaqoob AlSaadi, Head of Abu Dhabi Sport Channel,  Michel Salgado, Director of du Football Champions; and newly appointed La Liga Global Ambassador, Abdallah Madhoun, Regional Marketing Director of Chevrolet Middle East; Hussein Murad, CEO at Inspiratus, the organizers of the Championship; as well as other officials and invited guests.

People behind duFC

Hundreds of schools and thousands of youth will compete for the grand prizes.

For the Schools Cup: – Winners in the boys U16 category will spend 14 days in a training camp in the Andalusia region of Spain, play competitive matches against top youth clubs in La Liga, and enjoy football tourism in the region. Top players will have the opportunity to start their football career with one of the top clubs in La Liga. – Winners in the Boys U14 & Girls U17 category will win a trip to England to watch a Manchester United match live at Old Trafford and train with Manchester United coaches.

For the Street Cup: – Winners will spend 14 days in a training camp in the Andalusia region of Spain, play competitive matches against top youth clubs in La Liga and enjoy football tourism in the region, with the opportunity to start their football career with one of the top clubs in La Liga.

ALL players will benefit from a world-class tournament under the direction of football legend and former Real Madrid star Michel Salgado.

Inspiratus, the organizers of the competitions,  and through its CEO Hussein Murad summed up the whole initiative saying: “du Football Champions is a celebration of the nation’s youth footballers.  Creating this platform, with our partners du and La Liga and sponsors Chevrolet, celebrates football excellence in the UAE and will be the catalyst to the development of the future pro-footballers on an international scale.”

If you dream of becoming a professional football player, du Football Champions will maximize your chances of being discovered!

Visit the du website and register to be part of the best football platform for youths in the UAE: 


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The Victorious – Season 2 Mon, 14 Sep 2015 11:13:08 +0000 If you have been waiting for the popular Arab talent shows like “The Voice” or “Arab Idol” or even “Arabs Got Talent”, then you have been waiting for the wrong show to start.

It is today that the biggest talent show in the Arab world starts: The Victorious.

The Victorious returns in its second season on Dubai Channels Network (DCN) and it promises to be better and bigger than the first season.

The hunt and search for the best football talents among the Arab youths is what The Victorious is all about and it will broadcast starting Monday, 14 September, 2015 on DCN at 22:30 Dubai Time – 18:30 GMT.

the victorious poster

The Victorious will be a weekly show on Dubai Sports TV and Dubai TV, and its format has been tweaked from last year’s. This year, there will be a judge’s panel consisting of Michel Salgado, Khalid Al-Shenaif, and Mohamed Barakat. Throughout the show, resident football stars will accompany the participants and help them improve their skills, under the supervision of coach (and show producer/creator) Jehad Muntasser, who was an ex-Arsenal professional. The lineup of superstars includes big names like Javier Zanetti, Luis Figo, Michael Ballack, Thierry Henry, Edgar Davids, and Alessandro Del Piero. Hosting the show will see Nathalie Mamo and Sherif Fayed join forces to present an enjoyable experience for the viewers and players.

The 44 contestants of the show were selected after several tryouts in many Arab countries. They all went to a boot camp in Lebanon after which 20 finalists were chosen to be part of the finals. The finalists will be in Dubai Sports City where the show will be shot over the next two months. In each episode the audience and viewers’ vote will save one player to stay, while the judges will give their vote to a second one.


The winner takes home a grand prize of 100,000 USD and a tryout opportunity with a well-known European football club.

Because “Life Is Football”, The Victorious is hope for many young Arabs and a step into a better future.

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The 9th Dubai International Sports Conference Sat, 27 Dec 2014 12:35:31 +0000 Dubai is the football destination of the world for the ninth consecutive year.
The Dubai Sports Council is organizing the the 9th edition of the Dubai International Sports Conference on 28 and 29 December, 2014, at the Atlantis Palm Hotel, Dubai, UAE, under the generous patronage of H.H. Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al-Maktoum, Crown Prince of Dubai & Chairman of Dubai Sports Council, under title “Toward Smart Football”.

The 9th Dubai International Sports Conference by Dubai Sports Council
The 9th Dubai International Sports Conference by Dubai Sports Council


The lineup for the conference from speakers and attendees include a host of football legends, experts, and famous faces.

To name a few, here are some of the confirmed:

  • Mehdi Benatia
  • Filippo “Pippo” Inzaghi
  • Fabio Capello
  • Patrick Kluivert
  • Stephan El Shaarawy
  • Gianni Infantino
  • Andrea Agnelli
  • Michel Platini
  • Jorge Mendes
  • Fernando Torres

The program for the conference can be downloaded HERE.

On the eve of 29 December 2014, the second big event will commence: Globe Soccer Awards Gala Dinner.

For the sixth time Globe Soccer will run alongside the Conference and once again promote the Awards for the biggest names in football and reward the real stars of 2014 during its official gala dinner. Globe Soccer will determine the player of the year, the best team, the best coach, the best referee, the leading director and agent, as well as presenting special career and media awards.

the 9th Dubai International Sports Conference


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Manchester City FC to bring League and Cup trophies to Abu Dhabi for major fan event Mon, 27 Oct 2014 06:44:54 +0000

The English Premier League trophy and the Capital One Cup will go on display at a Manchester City FC Fanzone event in Abu Dhabi.

The club, who won both titles last season, are flying the silverware in for a live screening of the big game with Manchester United on Sunday, 2 November 2014.

The family event, on the outdoor Pitch 1 next to the tennis stadium at Zayed Sports City, starts at 4.30pm with kick-off at 5.30pm. Entry is free for all City fans living in the UAE, with pre-event registration required by emailing

At half-time a competition will be held with the lucky winner traveling to the UK for a City game later this season.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening along with the chance to try Etihad Airways’ incredible F1 car simulator.

Manchester City FC captain Vincent Kompany said: “Fans all over the world will be watching this game and it is always hugely important to both sets of fans. Obviously we can all still remember winning both of those trophies last season and it was an amazing feeling for me personally to lift them both.”

“It’s fantastic that City fans in Abu Dhabi are getting the chance to see them in real life as they support the team in the game against United.”

City have been putting on Fanzones in Abu Dhabi for several years with more than 400 fans heading to Zayed Sports City for the final game of last season when the team landed the league title.

The club also coaches hundreds of young players every week at Zayed Sports City at the City Football School.

World Cup winning legend Patrick Vieira, who runs the Elite Development Squad at City and is a regular visitor to Abu Dhabi, added: “We have seen both the Fanzone events and City Football School in Abu Dhabi go from strength to strength over the years and taking the trophies there is a brilliant way to say thanks.”

Vincent Kompany and Manuel Pellegrini with the English Premier League Trpphy

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Manchester City FC Launch Latest Coaching Sessions For Young Players In The UAE Sun, 24 Aug 2014 07:46:59 +0000 The new sessions are open to boys and girls between the ages of five to 18 years’ old wishing to learn the skills of their Manchester City FC heroes

Manchester City FC manager Manuel Pellegrini and star midfielder Samir Nasri have spoken of their pride in seeing the club help develop young players in the UAE.

It comes as the new season of the City Football School at Zayed Sports City in Abu Dhabi gets underway.

Boys and girls can sign up now for the coaching sessions which start at the end of August at the indoor arena before going out onto the pitches once the weather cools.

City manager Pellegrini, who took the team to the league title last season, said: “The importance of coaching starts at a young age and it is great the way these players in Abu Dhabi, both boys and girls, are being taught in the right way.
“What we must do as a club is make sure the same methods are used by everyone and it is not just important what happens on the pitch but also what happens off it.
“Manchester City is now a global team and that strikes me when I see what is happening in Abu Dhabi with the young player coaching – it’s very satisfying.”

City Football Schools in the UAE teach young players the same techniques taught at the club – from the first team stars to the youth teams. MANCHESTER CITY FC LAUNCH LATEST COACHING SESSIONS FOR YOUNG PLAYERS IN THE UAE

Hundreds of players have been taught at Zayed Sports City in the last three seasons with the football school growing all the time with new coaches added along with improved training sessions.
Midfielder Nasri added: “Football is very much about passion and I see that with the young players and fans in Abu Dhabi.
“The game has always been popular in the Middle East but I really see that the new emerging players are taking the standards higher and it is only going to get better from here.”

For all information on City Football Schools e-mail or visit the CityStore in Marina Mall, Abu Dhabi.



*NOTE: This post is part of the PR efforts of MCFC in UAE
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NIKE New Football Application Thu, 31 Jul 2014 20:27:35 +0000 NIKE LAUNCHES NEW FOOTBALL APP: The best of Nike Football — and a route into the professional game — in your pocket.

Whether it is news, banter, products info, shopping, exclusive stuff, or getting into the Nike Academy, you have to download the NIKE Football mobile application to get all.

I am already falling in love more and more with NIKE’s football products and this is a must have application.

“This is Nike Football in your pocket.  The app will allow members of the Nike Football community to be the first to access the latest product, stories and event experiences. It’ll be the only way to earn a spot in the Nike Academy and earn your way to the highest level of the game.”

Here is the full description of the application: Read HERE

You can download it:

For iOS (iPhone and Co.): Download HERE

For Android: Download HERE


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David Luiz: NIKE’s Emotional Video for the World Cup Fri, 11 Jul 2014 22:26:03 +0000 Hold on a second! Hold your horses! Before hating this blog or ridiculing this post or even the player, remember: LIFE IS FOOTBALL.

Well, David Luiz may not be the most loved player on planet Earth at the moment, but his promotional video produced by NIKE sums a lot about football, and yes, it is worth sharing.

NIKE released “DAVID LUIZ: THE BLOOD IN MY VEINS RUNS YELLOW AND GREEN” and it is a new that film highlights the passion and pride of Ladislau, father of David Luiz.

David Luiz NIKE AD

The beauty in this movie is it that it touches the dreams of every person and the pride of representing the National Team in a World Cup tournament.

In short, Ladislau Marinho was a footballer in Belo Horizonte who had a dream of playing for Brasil. Marinho never realized that dream – his son did.

His son is David Luiz…



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A Retrospective Of Brasil’s Yellow Jersey by NIKE Sun, 22 Jun 2014 21:48:22 +0000 Thanks to NIKE, I just realized (because I was not even interested before) that the Brazil National Team did not start wearing the now famous yellow jersey before the 1954 World Cup.

The Brasil national team home jersey wasn’t always yellow. It took a devastating defeat in the 1950 final at home to initiate a color scheme change. After wearing white and blue for half a century, the Confederação Brasileira de Futebol (CBF) debuted a new kit in yellow, green and blue — the colors of Brasil’s flag — in 1954. The design was the result of a national competition, and the new colors stuck.

Nike started making kits for CBF in 1997, after signing on as the team’s official apparel sponsor the year prior. Here, a look inside the process of creating Brasil’s national team home kit for the major competitions of 1998, 2002, 2006, 2010 and 2014.

Here is one of the Brazil jerseys that I remember as if they were wearing it yesterday.

For the full NIKE – Brazil history, check this link: 1996-2014 Nike’s designs


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Nike Football RISK EVERYTHING: The Last Game ft. Ronaldo, Neymar Jr., Rooney, Iniesta and more Tue, 10 Jun 2014 08:03:45 +0000 ‘The Last Game’ is a story about risky football versus safe football.

The scientist and the clones want to prove that riskless football is more effective.

Ronaldo Fenomeno and the original players disagree, and they are willing to risk everything to prove the scientist wrong.
There is only one way to know who is right: the Last Game.

Featuring (animated): Cristiano Ronaldo, Wayne Rooney, Neymar Júnior, Zlatan Ibrahimović, Andrés Iniesta, David Luiz, Franck Ribéry, Tim Howard and Ronaldo Fenomeno.

Football is about risking everything, and NIKE is proving that!


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Nike Football: Winner Stays – Ronaldo, Neymar, Rooney, Ibrahimovic, Iniesta, and more Sun, 27 Apr 2014 08:11:19 +0000 Nike launched the second part of its ‘Risk Everything’ Football campaign for 2014 with a film called “Winner Stays.”   While Cristiano Ronaldo, Neymar Jr. and Wayne Rooney are back, they are now joined by a host of other football superstars and a few special guests. The star-studded four-minute film features Kobe Bryant, Jon Jones, Anderson Silva, Irina Shayk and The Incredible Hulk.

The film is already getting the praise from everywhere and it has gathered almost 20 million YouTube views in two days, only!


NIKE Risk Everything Football campaign 2014

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Champions League Quarter-Finals Quick Discussion Fri, 04 Apr 2014 21:31:45 +0000 Axiom Telecom – UAE is producing a new show for football fans. The show host is Anas Bukhash who was kind enough to extend his invitation to me to be part of the second episode. We played fussball (and I got humiliated) and discussed the first leg of the Champions League Quarter-Finals matches.

Here is the video. Enjoy and tell us what you think – on Twitter – using #KalamfilKora !

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