UAE Spotlight: Is Alberto Zaccheroni the right man to take over the UAE national football team?

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Italian Alberto Zaccheroni is set to take the reins of the UAE national football team as a successor to Edgardo Bauza.

Our football reporter Matt Monaghan is not too optimistic about Zaccheroni’s appointment and explains why it’s a “boring” decision in the latest episode of UAE Spotlight.

Watch the video above and sound off in the comments section if you agree or disagree with Monaghan.

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Former AC Milan boss Alberto Zaccheroni lands in Dubai to seal UAE coaching job

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World at his feet: Alberto Zaccheroni with Japan at World Cup 2014 (Getty).

Former AC Milan, Lazio, Juventus and Japan coach Alberto Zaccheroni undertook final negotiations in Dubai with the UAE Football Association on Sunday as the hunt for Edgardo Bauza’s successor drew towards a conclusion.

Zaccheroni, 64, rejected an initial offer last week but landed in the Emirates late on Saturday night after a breakthrough was made on talks to lead the Whites on home soil at January 2019’s Asian Cup.

A desire to imminently name a replacement saw first-choice picks Ricardo Gareca of Peru and Jorge Luis Pinto of Honduras ruled out in the preceding days because of their commitments in next month’s inter-confederation play-offs – and then potentially the summer’s World Cup 2018.

If discussions reach a positive conclusion, the Italian will return to work for the first time since he was sacked by Beijing Guoan in May 2016 after two wins in nine games amid their worst-ever start to a Chinese Super League-campaign. Zaccheroni made his name at Udinese and Milan in the late 1990s, claiming the 1998/99 Serie A-title with the latter.

His only previous international post came with Japan. He won the 2011 Asian Cup, but resigned in the wake of a disappointing group-stage exit at World Cup 2014.

Zaccheroni has been drafted in by the Whites because of Bauza’s shock defection to Russian qualifiers Saudi Arabia last month, following just three mixed competitive matches in charge.

With no place earned at next year’s extravaganza, Zaccheroni will be judged by success at the following continental event. UAE FA president Marwan bin Ghalita has publicly targeted a run to the final.

The Whites squad will gather once again in early November. A friendly against World Cup entrants Egypt has been mooted.

Meanwhile, one Italian could be set to depart the UAE after Al Nasr’s Cesare Prandelli was linked to the vacant Scotland post.

The Daily Mail stated on Sunday that the ex-Azzurri tactician is interested in exiting the Blue Wave after only five months in charge.

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Qatar reacts angrily after UAE questions hosting of 2022 FIFA World Cup

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Qatar reacted angrily on Wednesday after the United Arab Emirates questioned whether it should be allowed to host the 2022 World Cup without a change of policy.

A UAE minister had said on Tuesday that Doha’s hosting of the tournament should include a commitment to fighting extremism, comments that threatened to engulf the sport in the diplomatic crisis that has riven the region since June.

The UAE and three other Arab countries led by Saudi Arabia have cut all diplomatic and transport links with Qatar and barred its citizens until it meets their demand for a drastic change in policy.

UAE state minister for foreign affairs Anwar Gargash tweeted that Qatar’s hosting of the world’s premier football tournament risked tarnishing the game.

Qatar retorted that Gargash’s comments were just “petty jealousy” from the UAE, whose main cities Abu Dhabi and Dubai have long prided themselves on being the natural venues for major international events in the Gulf.

“The UAE’s demand that Qatar give up the World Cup shows their illegal blockade is founded on petty jealousy, not real concerns,” a government statement said.

“The World Cup, like our sovereignty, is not up for discussion or negotiation.”

Qatar is the first Arab country to be chosen to host the FIFA World Cup.

The wealthy emirate has launched massive construction projects in preparation for hosting the tournament.

They have triggered a huge influx of migrant labour that has seen the population surge to 2.4 million but also raised criticism of working and living conditions for the 90 percent of them who are foreigners.​

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