Dubai PR Network, Online Press Release from Dubai and Middle East
 
Sports(Entertainment)
Filter PR by
  
Al Ain FC Confirmed as UAE Host Team for Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2018
 
Al Ain FC Confirmed as UAE Host Team for Fifa Club World Cup UAE 2018

The Boss Joins the Club! 

Dubai, UAE, May 17, 2018:  Al Ain FC Chairman His Excellency Ghanem Mubarak Al Hejari promises Arabian Gulf League champions will make the UAE proud against continental kings from across the globe

Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates – Wednesday, 16 May 2018: Al Ain FC have been confirmed as the second qualifier for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018, with the tournament’s hosts determined to put on a show against the big names of world club football this December.  

The recently-crowned Arabian Gulf League (AGL) champions, nicknamed ‘The Boss’, join North and Central American CONCACAF champions C. D. Guadalajara in securing their spot in FIFA’s annual showcase to crown the best club side on the planet.

Al Ain FC and C. D. Guadalajara will be joined by the winners of the Oceania (OFC) Champions League, UEFA Champions League, African (CAF) Champions League, Asian (AFC) Champions League and South America’s CONMEBOL Copa Libertadores in the tournament, which is being held in Abu Dhabi and Al Ain from December 12-22.    

Managed by Croatia’s Zoran Mamic, Al Ain FC completed a historic double this season for the first time in their history, adding the UAE President’s Cup to their AGL title. The UAE champions will play the winners of the OFC Champions League in the tournament’s first match - a winner-takes-all qualifier for a quarter-final place - on December 12, in their own Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium. Should Al Ain FC progress from the qualifier, continental heavyweights from either Africa or Asia await them in the quarter-final. 

Commenting on Al Ain’s qualification for the competition, His Excellency Aref Al Awani, Tournament Director of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 Local Organising Committee, said: “Al Ain FC are the most decorated club in the history of UAE football, with a large fan following who will bring their own special brand of support to the tournament. We welcome Al Ain FC to the tournament as they will be sure to play with great pride, passion and commitment.”

“The FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 is the perfect opportunity for this talented team to show their quality against some of the world’s best players on a global stage, as Al Jazira did last year. It is also a great chance for football fans from the UAE and overseas to see world-class football in the UAE. We wish our brothers well in December and we hope the whole country comes out to support them.”

Come December, Al Ain FC will be aiming to replicate the stunning form of last year’s UAE host team, Al Jazira, who safely navigated the qualifier and quarter-final before pushing eventual champions Real Madrid CF all the way in the semi-final in Abu Dhabi.

His Excellency Ghanem Mubarak Al Hejari, Chairman of Al Ain FC, vowed ‘The Boss’ will be aiming to match their domestic rivals’ 2017 performance to make the country proud and elevate the credibility of UAE football around the world.

“This is a great opportunity that we have been looking forward to all season. We have been hoping for the opportunity to make sure guarantee our spot to represent the UAE in this competition. It is a tournament that adds value for the sport, for the club, for Al Ain, and for me personally to be part of this,” said Al Hejari.

“There will world-class clubs competing in this competition and we will stand and show the same strength that saw us win the double this season. The world will see how the sons of the desert perform.”

With Al Ain’s Hazza Bin Zayed Stadium one of two host venues for the tournament, alongside Abu Dhabi’s Zayed Sports City, Al Hejari insists the UAE capital, his host city and Al Ain’s passionate fans - widely hailed as among the most fervent in the country - will put on a show for world football when the tournament begins. 

“Abu Dhabi has shown pedigree in hosting major events in previous years. With world-class facilities and organization, the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 will be no exception and raise the bar once again,” said Al Hejari, adding: “Al Ain fans and the UAE in general love their sport, love their football and I know they will be looking forward to 12 December when the tournament starts.”

The third FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2018 qualifier will be decided on Sunday, 20 May, when Fiji’s Lautoka FC host New Zealand champions Team Wellington in the second leg of the OFC Champions League Final. Team Wellington won the first leg 6-0. 


Posted by : Dubai PR Network Editorial Team
Viewed 2696 times
PR Category : Entertainment
Posted on : Thursday, May 17, 2018  11:23:00 AM UAE local time (GMT+4)
Replication or redistribution in whole or in part is expressly prohibited without the prior written consent of DubaiPRNetwork.com.
Previous Story : Lexus sweeps two podium finishes at round two of 2018 AUTOBA...
Next Story : Aru Impressed with Team Spirit as Italian Champion Secures T...
Email this article Print this article

Share this article with your friends and followers
NewsVine
Back to Section Home

Related Stories



 
 
Most Viewed Press Release posted in the last 7 days
Meet the FOREO family as they share their top tips for radiant skin during the holy month [12542-Views]
Three Trends to Try with Palladio Beauty [9083-Views]
bebe Launches First Ever Ramadan Capsule Collection [7924-Views]
Max Fashion Reveals Latest 2018 Fashion Trends at Exclusive Trunk Show [7607-Views]
Lexus sweeps two podium finishes at round two of 2018 AUTOBACS SUPER GT 500 series [7564-Views]
Care for your baby's sensitive skin with Corine de Farme [7540-Views]
Ramadan-Inspired Sandro SS18 Pieces [7302-Views]
New Master Maserati Driving Courses for 2018 [7003-Views]
Spinneys Puts Local Food Heroes in the Spotlight this Ramadan [6838-Views]
Do Explore More with Pandora [6832-Views]
‘Tree of Life' Continues to Change Lives at Arabian Center, This Ramadan [6759-Views]
Ethereum - Second In A Series Of Exclusive Cryptocurrency Watches Launched [6545-Views]
Marchon Eyewear New Collections [6411-Views]
Get Voluminous Eyelashes and Eyebrows with Rodial's Lash and Brow Booster Serum [6356-Views]
Global Light and Power Celebrates 10 Years with the Opening of their New Showroom in Dubai [6350-Views]
Mads Mikkelsen Spotted on Red Carpet at Cannes Wearing Ulysse Nardin Masterpiece [6314-Views]
RAK Diabetes Center in Jumeirah offering Free Lifestyle wellness checks and Diet Consultat... [6259-Views]
Charlotte Tilbury, the World's #1 Celebrity Makeup Artist, Announces the Opening of Her Fl... [6155-Views]
Caudalie The Cleansing Collection [6082-Views]
Pottery Barn Kids Launches Baby Registry Service to Welcome Newborns [5923-Views]
Make Ramadan Better With the Gift of Sharing [5539-Views]
Aru Impressed with Team Spirit as Italian Champion Secures Top Ten Finish [5441-Views]
Hour Choice Presents Coach Perry Collections – Ramadan Exclusive [5417-Views]
Breitling's Navitimer 8 Collection Arrives in The Middle East [5405-Views]
Facebook Launches Youth Portal, a Central Place for Teens [5356-Views]
 
RSS Facebook Twitter LinkedDin
 
Top Sections
 
Top Stories