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Led the Online Training Sessions of the Special Olympics Champ.. Mohannad El Enezi Puts a Joy on the Faces of People of Determination

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Al Ain is A Club of Values and Principles, and I am Proud to Share the Best Moments with the Champs

Feelings of Pride and Pleasure are Always Associated with Our Permanent Input in all Creative Initiatives

Al Ain “International” Defender Mohannad El Enezi expressed his most profound pleasure, and honor for joining the Special Olympics champs in the evening online training sessions on Thursday 2nd July 2020 via the virtual platform.

They were all over the moon while participating in the training sessions, particularly when the pure-hearted champs discovered the genuine and warm feelings their beloved star show in each and every word and movement. He expressed to them how much he cares for then and appreciates them while training at home in the yard he dedicated for personal training sessions due to the breakthrough of COVID-19 pandemic.

Holding a BA degree in media and Training License “C”, Al Ain star supervised the training sessions of the men and women football teams. This motivated them to exert more effort and show their best during the time allocated for the training session.

El Enezi stated: “Al Ain Club’s principles and values push all its members to actively participate in the creative initiatives and social activities in support of the loyal UAE nation. Al Ain Club strives hard to consolidate the comprehensive club’s concept whose activities are not only limited to sports activities. This explains why all the players show their desire to be part of any social activities and embody the humanitarian message’s genuine meanings in our beloved homeland.”

In response to a question on the training session held for the champs, he commented: “I arranged a light training program under the theme of active participation and deepest appreciation for the champs of the Special Olympics. I was so keen to keep a close eye on the movements of each one of them through the virtual platform during the warming-up session and then running and controlling the ball. This made me happy, and I could see that in their eyes. It could not be described, and I feel speechless. Indeed, everybody was so keen to train.”

As for the chat he had with the champs of the Special Olympics following the end of the training session, he said: “All of them requested to have an online private session to answer their questions. It was a pleasure to meet their request as I felt so relaxed while dealing with these champs who receive our wise leadership’s attention to activate their role in all aspects of work.”

Ali Hamad: FIFA’s Amendments Match the Proposals of Al Ain Club Medical Committee Chairman

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We Inherited Certain Problems and Working to Rebuild the Fabric of Referees’ Home Indoors

Ali Hamad: “FIFA” Necessitated to Have 5 Substitutes in One Match During 3 Breaks

Not Contented with the Referees’ Performance for the most recent period

Referees’ Preparations for the Next Season are Different

Referees Players and Organizers are Subject to Pre-Match Medical Tests

Emirati Referees are the Backbone of UAE Football

“The International Federation of Association Football (FIFA) adopted the principle of the safety of players and all those involved in the game by approving the recent amendments to the game regulations. FIFA required all the continental and local football federations to evaluate the general and health conditions in conjunction with the breakthrough of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. Based on that the majority of the football federations have taken the necessary measures and decided to suspend sports activities and competitions,” according to exclusive statements made by Ali Hamad Al Badwawi, Chairman of the UAE Football Association (UAEFA) during a TV interview hosted by “Al Ain in a Week” Show broadcasted by Al Ain TV Channel on Thursday 14th May 2020.

Al Badwawi added: “Given the lengthy suspension period, the situation definitely requires to take measures to prepare the players to round back into form. Additionally, most of the current proposals are about to resume football competitions on August 2020, and this entails attaching the current competitions to the teams’ schedules in the new season, including regional and international competitions, including the AFC Champions League and Asia’s World Cup qualifiers.”

Al Badwawi also stated that FIFA has already amended Article No. (3) of the Football Law on the number of players. The new amendment stipulates to have 5 substitutes in one play during 3 breaks. The latest decision aims at limiting the overuse of players by teams facing a more condensed schedule.”

On the proposal made by Dr. Talal Al-Khazraji, Chairman of the Al Ain Club Medical Committee, on making the total number of substitutes to be 7 players based on medical considerations and to reduce fatigue levels experienced by the players, Al Badwawi said: “UAE has highly qualified medical professionals and experts and also has a future vision that keeps pace with the development indicators. I believe that Dr. Talal Al Khazraji, who submitted his proposal ahead of the FIFA amendments to its law regarding the number of changes regardless of the number five or seven, proved to be right.”

He pointed out that five changes are logical, and a sixth substitute would be allowed in matches requiring extra time. “I believe that the FIFA amendments are consistent with the opinion stated by the Chairman of Al Ain Club Medical Committee.”

On whether there is a specific mechanism to make the substitutions during the games, he said: ” In an effort to avoid time wasting that could result from the extra substitutions, teams would be required to make all five of their changes during three breaks in play. The extra substitutes would take place between the two halves of the match or the extra time.”  

Al Badwawi commented on a question on advantages realized during the past period to handle all criticism and comments on the decline of the referees’ performance, specifically on how to deal with the VAR technology by saying: “Actually, since I assumed my responsibilities as the Chairman of the Referees Committee, I stated several times that I am not satisfied with the referees’ performance during the last period. In response, we held several workshops to keep pace with all development indicators, especially the “VAR” technology. Indeed, referees were not lucky enough with the decisions they took in certain games.”

He pointed out that UAEFA invited Italy’s Pierluigi Collina, Chairman of the FIFA Referees Committee to deliver several lectures, along with the British David Alir David Alire Garcia/ Director of the Legislative Council and the Technical Director at FIFA, who organized nearly ten lectures for the Emirati referees who was selected for being a supervisor of VAR Project at FIFA.

“We also sought the help of a mental health specialist to help referees before, during, and after the matches. We do hope these efforts will work, and we could realize tangible results in the coming days,” he said.

Ali Hamad shed light on the committee’s efforts to further improve the referees’ performance during the suspension period of all sports activities due to the breakthrough of the novel COVID-19 saying that “The Committee organized online lectures and workshops as per a well-established weekly program that included five activities, namely: analyzing home matches physical fitness training programs until PLC has issued the provisional decision to resume the league in August 2020. The referees were relieved from the physical training program, but they were limited to online programs via the electronic platform dedicated to the referees. Additionally, we adopted a weekly test program and a comprehensive program to round back referees into form and be ready for the coming period.”

In response to a question on the referees’ preparation programs for the next season, he said: “Certainly, the pre-season programs are completely different and for the first time the pre-season away summer training camp has been canceled. The Committee adopted online home individual training programs and still waiting for new medical plans, reports, and necessary medical checkups to be conducted in line with the instructions to be issued with the National Emergency and Crisis and Disasters Management Authority. All referees will do a second coronavirus test before kicking off the home training camp, if any, and medical tests will be made before each match for the referees, players, and organizers.”

On requests to task foreign referees to manage the league matches due to dissatisfaction with the VAR flaws, the Chairman of the Referees Committee stated: “This is a twofold-question! One is related to dissatisfaction with VAR technology use, and UAEFA is held liable to handle such an issue by adopting a marketing project of VAR technology. Requests raised by stakeholders via social medial platforms and media means are far from the protocol. Certain provisions govern VAR use if they are violated, and the UAEFA will be subject to penalties imposed by the FIFA Legislative Council. Therefore, it is necessary to adhere to the protocol to avoid any further penalties. The Referees Committee is currently working on marketing the VAR protocol to educate stakeholders on the mechanism of using this technology and cases which should be referred to VAR technology.”

Regarding appointing foreign referees, Al Badwawi stressed that H.H. Sheikh Hazza Bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Vice-Chairman of the Executive Council, and the Honorary of President of UAEFA, supports the Emirati referees substantially.

“I believe that the Emirati referees have achieved a lot gained a significant global reputation. Mistakes are expected in any football matches due to the nature of this game,” he said.

However, he insisted that the committee must minimize such mistakes and support Emirati referees as the central pillar of UAE football.

In response to a critical question on whether the Referees Committee inherited problems from its predecessor, he said: “Honestly, every person exerts sincere efforts according to the available inputs and administrative experience. However, by the end of the day, it is the stakeholders who evaluate that person’s performance as things in the world of football are crystal-clear, and you cannot ignore comments and reactions addressed by the concerned parties.”

He went on to say: “Undoubtedly, there were deficiencies in certain aspects, and we strive hard in the coming period to rebuild the fabric of the referees’ home.”

On steps taken by the Committee to fix abnormalities further improve the referees’ performance, Al Badwawi stated: “A new and flawless system will be adopted that defines the tasks of each person according to their specialty along with the junior and senior referees’ development programs. The Committee has already coordinated to kick off reach out programs in five countries, but the whole program was deferred due to the breakthrough of the novel COVID-19 pandemic. We received confirmation from the USA, Japan, Sweden, Uzbekistan, and Belgium to gain experience from various foreign schools. UAEFA also is one of the first countries to adopt the distance learning system via a platform dedicated to referees.

He stated: “Additionally, UAEFA established a Referee Academy that would work in harmony with the AFC Academy. The UAEFA originally initiated the idea in 2015, but the AFC implemented it as Singapore’s coach Shamsul resigned and joined the AFC. The Committee also started the processes of the referees’ home internal organization and issued new amendments to referee regulations, including the activation of sanctions and financial rewards.”

The Chairman of the Referees Committee concluded the interview by confirming that the UAEFA doors will remain open to all and that the Committee is so keen to receive opinions and proposals dedicated to referee performance development.

Extended His Sincerest Ramadan Greetings to Everyone.. Sultan Rashid Hails PLC Decision and Stresses that the Society’s Safety is a Top Priority

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Sultan Rashid, Supervisor of Al Ain First Football Team, extended his sincerest Ramadan greetings to everyone while praying for “the blessing of well-being and goodness in this country and all Arab and Islamic countries.”

In an exclusive press statement published by the official website of Al Ain Club, Sultan Rashid stated that the decision of the UAE Pro League Committee (PLC) to resume the activities of the Arabian Gulf League on August 2020 as a provisional date while following up the situation continuously is “one of the best decisions taken ever which is based on maintaining the best interest of all parties and that the safety of the society is a top priority.”

“Considering that the suspension period took longer time exactly since mid-March 2020 and that resuming the league competitions need special and completely different arrangements compared to training sessions and meetings held online,” he added.

The Boss Supervisor pointed out that the provisional programs in preparation to resume that football competitions need proper time to give all clubs the adequate time and space to round back into form. “This is to avoid any fatigue or injuries. We all hope that by the end of the current circumstances all empty standings will spring to bountiful life. It is a fact that fans are the beating heart of all matches in all competitions.”

He also highlighted the vital role that clubs play in the football system in UAE as supporters of the UAE Football Association (UAEFA). He stated: “Due to the current situations, we got adequate time and space to prepare ourselves for a long and tight schedule in all home and away competitions. Also, foreign players would have the chance to travel back home to stay with their families once flights are available.”

Sultan Rashid concluded his statement by provoking fo Allah Al Mighty to bless all efforts made to fight the coronavirus pandemic and guide us through these trials and times of uncertainty.

Al Ain Announces A New 3-Year Partnership with the National Food Products Company (NFPC)

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Bin Thaloub: Al Ain Moves Forward on the Victories Track and Realizes More Accomplishments 

Khalifa Khouri Presents Al Ain Honorary Membership Certificate to Bin Hamoodah in the Presence of Al Junaibi 

Bandar and Laba Present Al Ain’s New Official Jersey to the New Sponsor Signed by the Boss Stars 

H.E. Mohammed bin Thaloub Al Derie, Chairman of the Al Ain Club Investment Company, officially has announced concluding a new three- renewable-year partnership with the National Food Products Company (NFPC).

He added: “Part of our commitment to promote successful marketing partnerships, we had to bear in mind the adoption of the principle of diversity in choosing the best partnerships with the most distinguished sponsors who we are proud and honored to be partners.”

“I would like to avail this opportunity to congratulate our new partner, NFPC, one of the leading nation companies in the field of food production and packaging, which was established in the beloved capital Abu Dhabi in 1971 AD, by reaching the final stages before moving in the last third of this year to the new industrial complex in Khalifa Industrial City. We all wish them all the best wishes of success in the future to achieve the desired ambitions and objectives.”

Bin Thaloub concluded his statement by saying: “We are on the right victories way and will continue to realize more new achievements at the local and continental levels and thanks go to the generous patronage and support of the club’s leadership. We have full confidence in the stars of the “Boss” and the massive support from the best loyal grassroots.”

Al Ain Club held a press conference on Thursday 5th March 2020 at the Chairman’s Lounge located in the Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium, in the presence of His Excellency Faraj Ali bin Hamoodah, President of the National Foodstuff Company, and H.E. Khalifa Yousif Khoury, Vice Chairman of Al Ain Club Investment Company, and Salem Al Junaibi, Board Member of Al Ain Football Club Company, and Iqbal Hamza, CEO of NFPC.

The conference was also attended by the stars of Al Ain First Football Team, Bandar Al Ahbabi, and the international “Togolese” Lapa Kodjo, who in turn presented the new sponsor the official jersey of the club signed by all the stars of the team. The jersey was presented to H.E. Faraj Ali bin Hamoodah, Chairman of NFPC, in the presence of Khalifa Khoury Salem Al Junaibi.

H.E. Khalifa Youssef Khoury, Vice Chairman of Al Ain Club Investment Company, was keen to hand over H.E. Faraj bin Hamoodah the membership certificate of Al Ainawi Honorary Council in the presence of Salem Al Junaibi and Al Ain players Lapa Kodjo and Bandar Al Ahbabi before the two sides exchanged the memorial shields.

Iqbal Hamza, CEO of NFPC, said: “We are pleased to cooperate with big and reputable national institutions that have brought joy to the hearts of many sports fans. There is no doubt that football is one of the fan games with vast popularity, and we are delighted to enter into a partnership with a successful and distinguished club in the position and value of Al Ain. We are eagerly looking forward to a long and fruitful relationship with the “Boss” through which the two parties achieve their desired aspirations and goals, especially in terms of communication and interaction with the fans.”

About our New Sponsor 

NFPC (National Food Products Company) is one of the leading foodstuffs in the UAE. It was founded in 1971 with the establishment of a dairy production facility in the middle of the Arabian Desert. Today, the company, which is headquartered in Dubai, is a multi-million-dollar organisation. NFPC’s products are consumed by more than half of the total population in the United Arab Emirates every single day. Also, the company exports to over 40 countries in the Middle East, Africa, and Asia, with the focus on GCC and LEVANT. Today, NFPC is one of the region’s largest employers with a staff of more than 4500 in location across the UAE and the region. The products of NFPC include several leading trademarks, including Lacnor, Oasis, Melco, and Blu.

Consistent with its Strategic Plans Al Ain Football Company Holds an Extraordinary Meeting for the “Boss” Stars at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium

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Ali Saeed Al Kaabi Speaks the Love Language of the Al Ain and Showcases Inspiring Examples for Players

Pedro Emmanuel Hails the Lecture’s Content and Shows his Desire to Have This Family Meeting Held Regularly 

In line with the club’s vision and its corporate values, and compliance with the strategic plan of Al Ain Football Club, a meeting was held with the stars of the player, the coaching teams and medical and administrative staffs with the club’s board of directors at the Chairman’s Lounge on 27th February 2020.

The meeting was held to keep pace with the signs of development, excellence, and creativity. The meeting hosted the former Al Ain club player, Ali Saeed Al Kaabi, the well-known sports commentator, and the media advisor for the club.

The forum agenda included a lecture delivered by Ali Saeed Al Kaabi, where he used the comfortable and straightforward language of football, which is so close to the hearts of players. The lecturer kicked off his lecture with famous phrases that touch reality and inspire optimism and boost up the spirit of enthusiasm, challenge, and fighting.

The lecture also included a comprehensive explanatory presentation that provides for inspiring content for all players, which received well by the team’s head coach Pedro Emmanuel and the “Boss” stars.

Al Kaabi pointed out in his speech the story of his transformation from a player in the Al Ain Club to the field of sports commentary. He said: “We were in an away camp in the German city of Train Cap during our first friendly match against Hamburg, I kept commenting on the events of the game from the bench. I still remember the coach Brazil’s Ze Mario, who won with Al Wasl in 2007 the league and cup titles, the last league championship registered in the name of “The Emperor.” The coach asked me to remain silent, and suddenly he decided to push me as a substitute, and I was thrilled with his trust. The next day, I went to thank the coach for the opportunity he gave me to play that clash match but was shocked by his response when he told me I gave you the chance to relieve from your annoying voice.”

He added: “Mario’s “shocking” words were a turning point in my sporting career. His criticism pushed me to show another passion in the field of football. As a football lover and was not a good player, then I had to be close to this game, so I turned to be a sports commentator after the coach pushed me in the “85th” minute of the match that I could not forget.”

“I always say that Al Ain exactly as the Real Madrid, Barcelona, Liverpool, Juventus, Inter and all big clubs whose fate is to keep high performance and not to lose. It is not acceptable to experience any drop in the team’s level, and if it happened, they must stand tall swiftly. If we have such a conviction, then we will realize well about which badge we are defending. “We are Al Ain”; we are one of the biggest clubs in the Asian Continent, and the competitor whose destiny leads them to play at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium realizes that his fate is to be defeated. We are Real Madrid and Barcelona of Emirati football.

Al Kaabi went on to say: “There is a well-known saying among all members of this significant sports entity, which is statement made by His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces and Chairman of Al Ain Club and Chairman of Ainawi Honorary Council, “Being second is like the last one”.

He also stated that there is a very famous English proverb saying that “If you are the second, you are nothing.”

“We are Al Ain, and it is not acceptable to be the second because the team possesses all the qualities that make the team the champion. This justifies the decline in the fan’s satisfaction due to the performance of the team. however, when I see Al Ain’s position in the language of numbers and calculations, I find that Al Ain could win the title of the league and the cup even if the current season is not good as the club replaced many players and made a change in the coaching teams, which means that big teams are linked to achievements, whatever the circumstances.”

He said: “I always remember Al Ain’s strength in the FIFA Club World Cup- UAE 2018. The Boss turned the table in the first match against New Zealand’s Team Wellington despite conceding three goals. The team achieved numbers that will remain steadfast for decades in the World Cup. This is Al Ain, and based on this fact, we have to draw our strength. Failure sometimes teaches you more than success.”

Al Kaabi also stated: “The Portuguese head coach, Pedro Emmanuel, can bring out your best and the fans are happy with the team’s style of playing, who confirmed that the coach had restored something of the Al Ain we know.”

“I believe that he is very close to all the team players, which I have seen in the behaviors of the former Romanian Cosmin with the players of Al Ain. I think the captain of the team, Ismael Ahmad, still remember that.”

Al Kaabi advised the players to be close to the coach. “Boost up the spirit of the one family, and make sure that each of one you have not played his best match yet and has not realized the most magnificent achievements.

Al Kaabi concluded his statements by saying: “Let football be part of our happiness. Dutchman Johan Cruyff says football is a celebration, not a funeral.”

Al Darmaki: A Momentous Day in Love of Our Homeland

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As part of the celebrations sponsored by Al Ain Club marking the 48th UAE National Day, the Hazza Bin Zayd Stadium hosts the celebratory programs organized by the Al Ain City Municipality, marking the dearest occasion during 2-3 December 2019.

H.E. Dr. Matar Al Darmaki, Chairman of Al Ain Football Club Company, availed the opportunity to extended to His Highness Sheikh Khalifa bin Zayed Al Nahyan, President of the UAE, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, Vice-President and Prime Minister and Ruler of Dubai, and His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Crown Prince of Abu Dhabi and Deputy Supreme Commander of the UAE Armed Forces, his sincerest and warmest greetings and congratulations on the occasion of the 48th UAE National Day.

“This dearest national occasion to the hearts of citizens and residents of our blessed homeland is an opportunity to express their sincere loyalty to our wise leaders who have followed in the footsteps of the founding father, Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan and the leading founders, may God rest their soul in peace.” Dr. Al Darmaki stated.

He added: “The UAE journey was further enhanced at a steady pace until our homeland turned to be a bright spot in the world map when it comes to advancement, growth, and development achieved since the establishment of the Union.”

Dr. Al Darmaki underlined: “We mark the UAE National Day every year while experiencing a lovely reality signified by the great development achievements within the framework of a comprehensive development vision. This has made the UAE at the forefront because of the priorities of our wise leadership. These priorities are based on a clear vision reflected in caring for the future and the present through development with full confidence while relying heavily on sound planning plus arming and supporting the Emiratis, who are the fundamental pillar of the future of our beloved State, with science and knowledge.

Mr. Chairman expressed his sincere wishes to have this occasion as a significant opportunity to renew loyalty, belonging, and love to the homeland and its wise leadership.

He concluded by saying: “We are to move forward towards next year with great confidence that our homeland would realize its aspirations under the great vision of the UAE wise leadership based on science, knowledge, values and national traits.”