Brazilian football legend Pele attended the first yearly convention hosted by CVC in Dubai.
One of the greatest players of all time, Pele attended the convention as a global ambassador of Emirates Airline.
CVC is Brazil’s largest tour operator overseas and represents 1,200 stores across the 27 states in the South American country. As the official airline of the convention, Emirates is helping showcase Dubai’s latest tourism attractions and services along with promoting the cosmopolitan city to Brazilian travelers.
The 77-year-old Brazilian legend was voted as the ‘world player of the century’ by the International Federation of Football History and Statistics (IFFHS) in 1999 along with being elected as the ‘athlete of the century’ by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) in the same year.
Pele, the all-time leading goal-scorer for Brazil with 77 goals, led the country to three FIFA World Cup titles in 1958, 1962 and 1970.
The last day of du Football Champions (duFC)’s Abu Dhabi group stages took place this week, with top teams across age categories in the UAE Schools and Streets cups facing off for a place in the knockout stages.
Over 300 young footballers participated in the new U12 category, which was created to give the opportunity to be discovered by La Liga scouts.
British School Al Khubariat’s Robert March shone in the new category, leading his team to the top of their group. Among the others who may have caught the eye of La Liga scouts were U16 player Mohamed Tarek, U14 footballer Ameen Yazi, and March’s fellow U12 players Yousef Mohammed, Mustafa Mohammed, and Abdelrahman Ahmad.
Those young talents who are selected will be invited to join the du La Liga High Performance Centre.
The U16 category also saw some of the closest matches, as Al Dhafra Private School and British School Al Khubairat contested fiercely for top spot in their group. They played out a superb 1-1 draw when they met, and Al Dhafra ultimately topped the group only on goal difference. Raha International School and Al Najah School were the other teams to advance to the knockouts.
British School Al Khubairat showed their pedigree across age categories, with both the U14 and U12 sides qualifying for the knockout stages.
The championships also feature the UAE’s largest football tournament for girls, the UAE Girls Challenge, with International Community School, Cambridge High School, AISA, and Regional Sports qualifying from the group stages after some superb displays of skill and technique.
In the UAE Streets Cup, goals ruled the day, with a whopping 78 scored across the U16 and U14 categories.
Girls from all over the world took centre stage at The Global Village Under-12 football tournament on Sunday evening.
The tournament, hosted by Global Village in support of grassroots football in the UAE, saw eight schools/academies registered for the U12 group and they were split into two groups of four.
Al Mizhar American Academy and Zabeelers Football Academy came out on top in the two semi-finals to progress to the finals, which will take place on Saturday 24th February.
Check out the video above to find out more about the grassroots event.