Five du LaLiga HPC players invited for trials at top LaLiga Clubs

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du LaLiga High Performance Centre announced Monday that five of its players have been awarded trials by LaLiga’s top youth clubs, following their 21-day scouting camp in Spain.

Málaga FC selected U18 wingers Ahmed Salam and Yahia Iraqi and U16 striker Mehdi Elkhamlichi, whereas U18 player Mohammed Rajeh and team captain Mohammed Bouherrafa were invited for trials at Cádiz FC and UD Alméria respectively.

In addition, five other players, including U16 defender Abhinav John and U18 striker Rami Hatem, are on the radar of major clubs, including Barcelona.

The du LaLiga HPC squads completed a year-long training program in Dubai at the hands of top coaches, and played over 30 competitive matches in preparation for their annual trip to Spain with hopes of being discovered by club scouts.

Top talented players are selected annually to join the du LaLiga HPC from over 7,000 hopefuls participating in the du Football Champions, to represent the finest of the UAE’s rising stars.

Commenting on the selection of talents Abdulwahed Juma, Executive Vice President, Brand and Corporate Communications, du, said, “The selection of five players from the du LaLiga HPC by LaLiga clubs reflects the importance of this platform in providing the youth of the UAE with an opportunity to play professional football. It also reflects the power of the platform to uncover talent and give them an opportunity to pursue their dreams to be a part of the world’s strongest league.”

The du Football Champions in partnership with LaLiga has created the only international scouting platform to enable youth from across the UAE to pursue international football careers.

Scouted talents are invited to join the du LaLiga High Performance Centre where they are trained by LaLiga coaches in preparation for professional football careers nationally and internationally.

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Al Ain FC unveil new Nike home and away kits for 2017/18 season

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Nike has officially announced the launch of the new Al Ali 2016/17 kit, as the partnership between the Boss and the renowned global brand continues.

The new home kit allies cutting-edge Aeroswift technology with a contemporary aesthetic, reinterpreting the club’s heritage alongside a fresh application of its signature purple and gold colors.

The jersey features the club’s iconic purple color with a darker composition on the shoulders and sleeves. As an ode to club pride, the V-neck collar has a golden band on the back.

The Nike swoosh is offset in gold whilst the club’s storied emblem is featured in its traditional colors on the jersey and shorts. The kit is complemented with purple shorts and white socks.

Al Ain will debut the new home kit against Al Hilal in the AFC Champions League quarter-final on Monday and will be in-store along with the away kit starting August 31 at authorized retailers at 399 AED.

Let us know what you make of the new kit – get in touch on Twitter or via Facebook.

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du LaLiga HPC Tour Day 5: A budding entrepreneur and Al Wasl in Spain

Chris Bailey 10/08/2017
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The very best teenage talent in the UAE have come together under the du LaLiga High Performance Centre in a mission to achieve their potential and become professional footballers.

The starlets all have a huge chance in Marbella this month as they aim to impress LaLiga scouts and earn trials at clubs while playing top-class Spanish academies.

Sport360° are there for the first week of the tour – check out the best of Day 5 below.

PART FOOTBALLER, PART ENTREPRENEUR

Football is never far from the minds of the du LaLiga HPC starlets, but many have dreams that expand well beyond the confines of the pitch.

For no one is that more true than 15-year-old Adham Bayoumi – who wants to be a fashionable player in more ways than one.

Though the Egyptian national, UAE-born winger is one of the best talents on du LaLiga HPC Under-16s’ team, he already has a back-up if Plan A does not bear fruit.

Next month marks the launch of Finesse Dubai, a line of streetwear clothing that Bayoumi and his friends hope will take off after spotting a gap in the market.

“Fashion is a big part of the Dubai lifestyle and football as well, and people in Dubai really like to show off what they’re wearing,” he explained. “I feel like I can influence people with my style and try and create something new and unique, which is also authentic to Dubai.

“Me and my friends decided to create a brand called Finesse Dubai and we took inspiration from our favourite brands.

“With that we are set to launch in September. I already have everything with me, like the shirts – they are all in my room waiting!

“We have a supplier from China – prior to that I bought 100 blanks from a wholesale, but it was not as efficient as it was coming from America and the shipping prices were very expensive.”

U16 HPC Captain Bayoumi celebrates 4-1 victory against Sevilla

Pumped up: Under-16s captain Adham Bayoumi.

Indeed the teenager leads a busier life than most, as just before touching down with du LaLiga HPC in Marbella, he had completed an entrepreneur course during his ‘month off’ at Brown University in America.

Despite those other distractions, football remains Bayoumi’s biggest passion – having been scouted for du LaLiga HPC through the UAE Streets Cup.

“I think the whole feel of the du LaLiga HPC is very professional,” he added. “You train in a stadium, you use professional balls, you have the professional coaches, you come to Spain and have the media follow you also.

“I have high hopes to become a professional, and my dream is to be playing in a top team – a team in the top five leagues in Europe.

“If that doesn’t work out, we have different universities in mind like Berkeley, UCLA, Stanford if I’m crazy smart.

“They are all very creative universities and a lot of start-ups start there. We say if I can’t play professional football, why not buy a professional club when I’m older!”

AL WASL SPOTTED IN MARBELLA

The tourists had a taste of home yesterday as Dubai-based Al Wasl played a friendly against local side Balona at Marbella Football Centre, where the youngsters train every day.

There was drama ahead of kick-off as small fires sprung up just outside the centre, and a helicopter was needed to dump water and snuff the flames out.

Unfortunately for Al Wasl their football was less than sizzling, as the local third division side won the match 2-0. It’s still early days, however …

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