Ukraine’s Serhiy Rebrov has recently signed to Al Ain Football Club as the new head coach replacing Portuguese Pedro Emmanuel whose contract was terminated by the end of past season.
In a statement to Al Ain Club website, David Platt, the Sports Director, stated: “After an extensive search for our new Head Coach, we are very pleased to welcome Sergei to Al Ain. Serhiy showed great and remarkable enthusiasm during the negotiations phase.”
He pointed out that the mutual desire between the two parties to achieve the team’s aspirations and win titles led to conclude the contract in words of one syllable.
He added: “Not only does Sergei bring an extensive and world class playing background to his role, but since his transition from playing to coaching, he has proven that he is a winner as a coach also. He has already proved this by winning many titles in different countries during his coaching career to date, and we are confident that he has the DNA that is required to be head coach of Al Ain FC.”
The Sports Director went on to say: “His experience, knowledge and ambition will lend well to developing the team and helping us to make the key improvements that are necessary to take the team to where it needs to be.”
“We welcome him to the club and look forward to him playing a huge part in driving the club forward over the coming time period and make the Ainawi Nation happy,” he signed off.
Learn the Principles of Sign Language Through Video Technology.. Khaled Eisa and Shiotani Congratulate Members of UAE Deaf Association on Eid Al Fitr “Online”
UAEDA Members Express their Happiness with Al Ain
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Shiotani to UAEDA Members: Your Questions Were Difficult …
I Will Think About Retiring After 40
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I am thinking about Doing Business After Retirement
We Apologize to Al Ain Fans, and Soon We Will Achieve the AFC Title
In light of the critical role that Al Ain Sports and Cultural Club has been playing in consolidating the concept of the comprehensive sports club, Al Ain Club management sponsored an online initiative on the occasion of Eid Al Fitr by hosting a remote meeting with the members of the UAE Deaf Association (UEDA).
In line with this attitude, the “Boss” stars were so keen to adopt the best societal practices and enhance communication with all segments of society in line with the values and principles of the club, Khalid Eisa and Tsukasa Shiotani attended an online meeting with UAEDA members to express to them Eid greetings. The UAEDA members who participated in the meeting expressed their pleasure in this initiative.
The two players were keen to learn the principles of sign language in the presence of Mr. Mussabah Saeed Al Neyadi, President of UAE. The professional trainer in sign language, Abdullah Abdul Qadir Taljabini, who was keen to teach Al Ain stars some basics at their request in greeting and congratulating the attendees and congratulating them in sign language without using any means of interpretation. After the meeting, the two stars presented them with the official club jersey and the Boss memorial shield.
In response to a question addressed by the attendees about his daily routine in the holy month of Ramadan, Khaled Eisa said: “The holy month of Ramadan has advantages and its privacy for everyone. When it comes to me, I prefer to spend this holy month with my family and brothers. I always hope that it coincides with an official break time as the atmosphere of this month is exceptional. We all live in true intimacy and a sincere feeling of comfort. It is a month of mercy, fasting, resurrection, and worship. We provoke to Allah Almighty to accept obedience from everyone.”
Regarding his program during Eid Al Fitr days, he commented: “This time things will be different as it coincides with the players’ annual holiday, and certainly Ramadan days are similar to the Eid days in terms of its privacy. We usually visit our relatives and friends to express congratulations and blessings. However, we have to consider the precautionary measures and directives that the competent authorities have circulated. We ask Allah Almighty to have things back to normal soon.”
Commenting on a question about his passion for commercial projects and the extent to which his preoccupation with football has affected those projects, he said: “I do not think there is an impact in the true sense. Indeed, I can completely separate my career as a footballer, which I consider my main job now, and other projects that I love. I always ask Allah to grant us success in both of them, as I aspire to complete my journey in business in the post-football stage.”
Regarding the state of Ainawi fans’ dissatisfaction with the results of the current season, he said: “We apologize to them a lot, and we are well aware as players that the ceiling of the aspirations of Al Ain fans is unlimited. They are valuable fans, and their support means a lot to the players. We promise them to do our best in the next season and the coming seasons.”
Khalid Eisa answered the last question addressed by the UAEDA members about him and his teammates being considered one of the best generations in the club’s history and that everyone is wondering when they will achieve the AFC Champions League title, he responded briefly by saying, “Soon, God willing.”
On the other hand, the questions addressed to Shiotani were somewhat different from those of Khalid Eisa. The first question was about his participation with his teammates in national and religious celebrations and community events, specifically in the month of Ramadan. He said: “Before coming to the UAE, I did not know anything about the month of Ramadan. However, I currently become well acquainted with the peculiarity of this month. The atmosphere in which people live here is a source of comfort and happiness. I feel so happy to spend these days with my teammates.”
Commenting on a question about the atmosphere in the stadiums without an audience, he said: “In fact, we are missing the Ainawi fans a lot, and I hope to meet them soon to support the team from the stands.”
In response to a question about his future after retirement, he said: “I hope to play until I am 40 years, and then I will retire from football and devote my time to my academy in Japan. At that time, I will become a coach and teach children football.”
Regarding his participation in the Club World Cup-UAE 2018 and his best memories in that Championship, he said: “I believe that answering this question is also difficult, because all the matches in this tournament were important, except that facing Real Madrid and the goal I scored in the final match was historical. That goal was important not only for me but also for Al Ain Club, which represented the UAE football honorably.”
On the reasons why Al Ain Club did not win any championship during the past three seasons, he said: “I believe it is the most difficult question, but there are many reasons, including players’ absences due to injuries and the enrollment of some players in the national service. Such factors may have affected the team’s performance, but we remain responsible for the situation, which was not good. I hope to close the past chapters and work hard for the future so that we can be champions next season.”
In response to a question that since you came to the UAE in 2017 until now, how do you describe the relationship between you and your family with the city of Al Ain, he said: “When I came to Al Ain, I did not know much about it, but after spending about four years in it, I loved it very much. It is not a secret to say it is the most beautiful city for my family and me.”
Commenting on a question about whether he missed the atmosphere of competition in the Japanese league, he said: “Yes, sometimes I miss the Japanese league, because I have some friends there, and sometimes I watch their matches, but I am happy at Al Ain Club.”
As for the situation that the world is experiencing combating the Corona pandemic, he said: “The UAE is one of the best countries in the world that has succeeded in addressing the pandemic due to the country’s high capabilities and strict procedures.”
Expressed His Best Wishes to the Boss.. Pedro: I will not Forget the 18 Months I spent with the Boss Squad
“I would not forget the past 18 months I spent with Al Ain Football Team and thanks for the Board of Directors for giving me the opportunity to lead a big team,” by these words Pedro Emmanuel opened the post-match press conference of his team’s last match in the current season.
He also expressed his deepest appreciation for the players and his assistants for their great and outstanding efforts to improve the performance of the team
He added: “Iwould like also to thank the fans who’s I wished I could see them in the standings again, but it was difficult due to the health precautions and measures.”
He pointed out that after spending great 18 months with the Boss which started as of January 2020. “It was a big challenge and we concluded the past season in the second place of the league and we were to play the final match of the President’s Cup.”
“However, this season was difficult, not only for Al Ain Team big for all other clubs. We agreed in the beginning of the season to work hard and perform honourably, but this is football and we could not achieve our aspirations,” he said.
He also highlighted the fact that three seasons elapsed and Al Ain could not win any competition. If you want to change, you have to do a lot.”
He signed off by wishing Al Ain Team and everyone all his best wishes and stressing that he would not forget the great past 18 months.
Al Ain Team won matcheeek 26 of AGL against Hatta by 1-0. The match was held at Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium this evening.
Al Ain took the lead in the first half when Caio Canedo scored the sole goal of the team at 31 minute.
By this result, the Boss concluded their season with 41 points and placed sixth. Meanwhile, Hatta leaves the AGL to play next season in the first division.
Al Ain Mohammed Abbas stressed that it is important for the Boss squad to snatch the matchweek 26 three points.
“We must win Hatta with all due respect to their aspirations. We would play the coming match as usual though it is the last one in the season.
Commenting on a question on whether this last match does not make any difference, he said: “Since we were playing in junior teams in the Al Ain Football School and Football Academy that we all are held accountable when it comes to defend the Boss badge. We are all set to play honourably even if it is the last match in this season. We all must redouble our efforts and fight hard in all our matches and hope to end this season well.”
As for joining him to the first football team, he commented that it is every player’s dream to play with stars of the Boss.
“It is the nicest dream ever. However, I have to spare no effort to improve my skills to keep my position in the first team. I hope all will be OK and wish the players and myself all the best,” he concluded his statement.
We are scheduled to play our last three matches within three days interval and the team’s goal remains the same, i.e. to snatch the match three points, Al Ain head coach Pedro Emmanuel inaugurated the pre- match press conference of the last match of this season.
The matchweek 26 of AGL is scheduled to be played at Khalifa Stadium instead of Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium as the latter will be the venue of the final match of the President’s Cup on 16 May 2021.
He added: “We would play our last match against Hatta who is confirmed to relegate to the first division. This means they would play their last match with no pressures.”
He also said that his team is to enjoy this match and be ready for it, while showing great respects to the guests and the Boss loya fans as well.
Pedro pointed out that tha Boss has to add another and last three points to be 41 points. He stressed that this is what the team is focusing on.