Tickets to watch Real Madrid in UAE at FIFA Club World Cup 2017 go on sale

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Tickets for the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup in UAE has been launched to the general public.

Fans around the world can buy their tickets online with the tournament running from December 6 to 16.

The tournament will be the 14th edition of the FIFA Club World Cup as the six continental club champions clash.

Champions League winners Real Madrid became the first European side to reach consecutive FIFA Club World Cup editions.

Second in line is Auckland City FC, who are set to make a record-breaking ninth appearance in the tournament, having claimed their third consecutive OFC Champions League title in May. Following them are the third team to book their place in Abu Dhabi, Mexico’s legendary C.F. Pachuca, who have participated in the competition three times.

There are a variety of tickets available – Category 1, 2 and 3, Corporate Hospitality and Private Boxes are available upon request. Visa is the preferred payment method of the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2017.

Tickets for the first round of fixtures range from Dh20 for a Category 3 to Dh750 for a premium ticket. The final will cost anywhere near Dh80 to Dh1500.

You can buy tickets for the FIFA Club World Cup here.

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Five young strikers UAE coach Edgardo Bauza can turn to for 2019 Asian Cup

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While now the UAE stand little hope of making their way to next summer’s World Cup, coach Edgardo Bauza must now refresh the team for 2019’s Asian Cup on home soil.

Here, Sport360° looks at the emerging talents available to the Argentine…

RASHED ALI

Position: Goalkeeper
Age: 27

Club: Al Wahda

UAE record: N/A A mid-season move to Abu Dhabi from Al Wasl has elevated Ali’s status and made him a President’s Cup winner. Along with Al Jazira’s Ali Khaseif, was the outstanding goalkeeper in the 2016/17 Arabian Gulf League. This form saw him be named in Bauza’s initial 30-man squad, before he was forced to withdraw. But a horrendous rick in the AFC Champions League at Iran’s Persepolis has stained some views of him.

Rashed Ali

Rashed Ali

KHALIFA MUBARAK

Position: Centre-back
Age: 23
Club: Al Nasr

UAE record: N/A The imposing Mubarak seems the natural successor to the ageing Al Ain pair of Ismail Ahmed and Mohanad Salem at centre-back. Has been schooled in the defensive arts at Al Nasr by both Ivan Jovanovic and Dan Petrescu, two coaches who always take a safety-first approach. Competition for places with fellow Emirati Mubarak Saeed has also aided his development. His eight clean sheets kept in 21 league starts last term shows his potential.

Khalifa Mubarak

Khalifa Mubarak

AHMED BARMAN

Position: Defensive midfielder
Age: 23
Club: Al Ain

UAE record: Five games, zero goals The time has come for Barman to deliver on his startling promise and cement his spot in the UAE’s line-up for the next decade. His stellar form with Al Ain at the back end of last season saw him start both the 4-0 friendly win against Laos and 1-1 draw with Thailand. In the latter match, only an adequate display was put in. With the Al Ahli pair of Majed Hassan and Khamis Esmail either perennially injured or out of form, Barman must strike.

Ahmed Burman

Ahmed Barman

KHALFAN MUBARAK

Position: Winger
Age: 22
Club: Al Jazira

UAE record: Three games, zero goals The moustached marvel and jewel of the UAE youth ranks possesses a frightening array of skills, with comparisons to the exalted Amoory not entirely misplaced. His five goals and six assists in 22 AGL run-outs was a boon to Jazira’s quest to lift the topflight crown. His elevation into the Whites XI would add more creativity and balance, even if it comes with one of Mabkhout or imminent club-mate Ahmed Khalil dropping out.

Khalfan Mubarak

Khalfan Mubarak

MOHAMMED AL HAMMADI

Position: Forward
Age: 20
Club: Al Wahda

UAE record: N/A The Clarets youngster burst into life during 2017, adding youthful zest and goals to his boyhood club’s senior side. His relative inexperience – two goals have been harvested from six AGL games – saw him remain behind clubmate Mohamed Al Akbari when it came to Bauza selecting his first squad. Yet if he can continue in the same vein, he looks a potentially frightening option for the UAE. Raw pace is something all teams struggle to deal with.

Mohammed Al Hammadi

Mohammed Al Hammadi

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Thailand 1-1 UAE: Five things we learned from Tuesday's disappointing draw

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The UAE snatched a late draw thanks to Ali Mabkhout’s equaliser in a 1-1 draw against Thailand in Tuesday’s World Cup qualifier, but the result has more or less ended the dream of qualifying for the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

Here are five things we learned from the disappointing draw.

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BAUZA SHORTCHANGED BY UAE FA

The travails of the ‘Golden Generation’ on the path to World Cup 2018 have been both painful and predictable. Before the halfway point of a frustrating second round, it was clear paternal coach Mahdi Ali’s tenure had reached its zenith with third at January 2015’s Asian Cup.

March’s decision to finally accept a resignation first offered last October came too late to salvage this campaign, with a further delay in naming Edgardo Bauza until early May unacceptable. Swifter and more decisive management is required from the UAE Football Association to avoid embarrassment on home soil at the 2019 Asian Cup.

UAE MUST LEARN VALUE OF HARD WORK

With the last two AFC Players of the Year in their ranks and boasting a plethora of footballers with experience of competing in the AFC Champions League final, the UAE should have been expected to dominate proceedings in Thailand.

This did not occur at Rajamangala National Stadium as the hosts outran their exalted visitors.

Glaringly, only Al Ain superstar Omar Abdulrahman and Al nasr battler Tariq Ahmed appeared engaged. Forwards Ali Mabkhout (pictured) and Ahmed Khalil did not look match sharp, leaving Amoory regularly exasperated on the ball. No matter the demands of observing Ramadan, this lack of application cannot be tolerated.

BAUZA HAS TO BE BRAVER

It would be churlish to write off a coach of Edgardo Bauza’s experience after one dispiriting result. But no-one is above reproach. His UAE team noticeably failed to grasp the mettle or even attempt to force the advantage in a qualifier they simply had to win to have any hope of reaching Russia.

Many of the players put in shoddy displays, yet tactically they were not helped. Beyond being a man down in the middle, his use of three recognised defensive midfielders was overkill – something predecessor Ali was often chastised for.

Al Nasr’s Tariq Ahmed could move inside for the inexperienced Ahmed Barman, allowing the former’s emerging namesake from Al Wahda to light up the wing.

CAN NASSER EVER BE FULLY TRUSTED?

A continuing issue for Bauza moving forward is who he trusts with the goalkeeper’s gloves. This was not a performance to savour for Al Ahli’s Majed Nasser. Undoubtedly the most talented of the players competing for the No. 1 shirt, questions about his temperament and concentration remain.

A top-class shot stopper would not have produced the fumble for Thailand’s goal, no matter centre-back Hamdan Al Kamali’s touch. In contrast, Khalid Essa ended the season in tremendous form for Al Ain as he excelled in the AFC Champions League. Jazira’s Ali Khaseif was also much improved during their run to the Arabian Gulf League’s crown.

FAWZI IS THE RIGHT CHOICE

Abdelaziz Sanqour’s perplexing hold on the rightback slot continued, despite shaky form for club and country. The Ahli defender again edged out Al Jazira’s Mohammed Fawzi – the man whose stellar form in 2016/17 saw him named in the AGL’s Best XI. But a passing of the baton might have occurred as Sanqour limped off.

Fawzi’s crossing is not as developed, yet his versatility and footballing brain is matched by few. He offers a steady presence for the late summer’s denouement.

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