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From the WWE Dune Bash to the Oceanic Triathlon Series, there is an event to suit all interests.

HAMDAN FOOTBALL TOURNAMENT

Sunday – Saturday, April 10 – 16

Regional U-17 teams including Al Hilal, Hatta and Al Ahli will test themselves against European giants Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund in Dubai.

Real Madrid and Borussia Dortmund are the two standout names appearing at the sixth Hamdan Bin Mohammed International Football Under-17 Championship.

VENUE: Hamdan Sports Complex

ARABIAN GULF LEAGUE
Thursday, April 14 – Saturday, April 16

The UAE’s premier football competition continues with an exciting fixture list, which sees in-form Al Ahli take on Al Ain, and Al Wahda away to Al Dhafra.

WEBSITE: Arabian Gulf League

WWE LIVE DUNE BASH
Thursday, April 14 – Friday, April 15

WWE Live Dune Bash will take place this weekend featuring big names like Dean Ambrose, New Day, Kevin Owens and Dolph Ziggler.

Log on to www.platinumlist.net to purchase your tickets or you can even get them from UAE Exchange branches for Dh350.

In case you need get your blood pumping, here is the clash between John Cena and Kane at Burj Khalifa four years ago.

VENUE: Dubai Duty Free Tennis Stadium

OCEANIC TRIATHLON SERIES
Friday, April 15

Following on from the success of the inaugural Oceanic Triathlon Series in February, the second race will include a new Supersprint Course to accommodate for the next generation of triathletes.

The race will see hundreds of athletes compete as teams of three or individually in a Short Course or Supersprint race.

The Short Course consists of an 800m open water swim, a 30km cycle followed by a 7km run, while the Supersprint includes a 375m swim, 12km cycle and a 2.5km run.

Both routes include swims in the Oceanic Hotel’s natural bay, a cycle through the rolling hills of Khorfakkan before coming to transition in the Oceanic Hotel grounds for the final leg.

VENUE:  Oceanic Hotel Resort and Spa, Khorfakka

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E-Sports Football Club squads having time of their lives in Portugal

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EFC have over 30 Elite Footballers from the Clubs Development squad and as many travelling supporters to cheers the boys on throughout what has been an experience of a lifetime so far into the tour.

The EFC squads have participated in the Lisbon Youth Cup where they faced local opposition AC Porto Salvo, FC Benfica, CF Trafaria & Seixal FC in a round robin format tournament.

Following a day of competitive games the EFC squads travelled to FC Benfica who are currently top of the Portuguese Premier League for a private coaching session delivered by the Clubs Youth Academy Coaches.

This was a first class experience for players, coaches and parents to get a real insight to how the club develop their players under the philosophy that has nurtured some of Eurpoe’s finest talent..

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Dortmund U17 begin UAE event on winning note

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Marius von Cysewski (R) provided two assists against Al Wasl

Jonas Shneck scored twice as Borussia Dortmund got their U-17 Hamdan Bin Mohammed International Championship off to a winning note by defeating Al Wasl in Dubai.

The 16-year-old found the target in quick succession in the first half and that was enough for the German outfit to claim a deserved 2-0 victory watched by Argentina legend Diego Maradona and former Tottenham and West Ham striker Frederic Kanoute.

A triumph over Hatta Club on Sunday will see Dortmund book their berth in the semi-finals, while Al Wasl face a must-win game against Al Hilal to keep their qualification hopes alive.

Despite arriving on Wednesday, the Germans enjoyed showed no signs of jet-lag early possession at the Dubai Police Officers Club.

Captain Tobias Rachl and Marco Ehmann both went close and despite having most of the ball, Wasl’s defence and goalkeeper Suhali Ali stood firm.

Christian Fluthmann’s troops were finally rewarded just after the half-hour mark through Schneck. After some fine footwork from Marius von Cysewski, the midfielder found the 16-year-old and he made no mistake to beat Ali from six yards out.

Wasl’s task got even more difficult as Dortmund doubled their lead in the 35th minute. Von Cysewski, who was named player of the match, was again the provider as Shneck’s low shot gave Ali no chance.

Wasl made two new changes in the second half with Hamad Ali and Shehab Albalooshi coming on for Saeed Alkaabi and Omar Alalnuaimi.

But the subs had little impact with Wladimir Wagner’s low-shot effort saved by Ali late on.

For Fluthmann, he had nothing but praise for his team. “I’m very pleased to get this result because it was very difficult to play in this hot weather,” he said. “Jonas and Marius (Von Cysewski) linked up well in both goals and they certainly played their part in this victory.”

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