A packed crowd at The Global Village watched teams play out the semi-finals and finals of the under 10s, under 12s and under 12s girls competitions.
In the first game of the evening GEMS Modern Academy Under 10s took a 1-0 lead into the second leg of their semi-final, however it was JSS International School who advanced following a comprehensive 0-4 win in the second leg. Joining them in the final was Le Club France who defeated Zabeelers Football Academy A in both legs, 1-8 and 5-1 respectively.
In the first of the Under 12s boys semi-final Desert Rangers took a 5-2 lead into the second leg against Dubai English Speaking College. After a thrilling encounter, the second leg ended 1-3 to Dubai English Speaking College, which saw Dubai Rangers through to the final 6-5 on aggregate.
The French School Academy took a 2-1 lead into their Under 12 second leg against American School of Creative Science. Wearing the green and white kit, and after an absolute goal fest, the second leg finished 3-3, giving the French School Academy a 5-4 aggregate victory.
Next up on the night Le Club France, in the red strip took on the blues from JSS International School in the under 10s boys final. The game started with JSS taking the lead with a magnificent goal direct from the kick off before being pegged back just moments later. Goals in quick succession for both teams soon saw the game tied at 2-2. After conceding with the first kick of the game, Le Club France triumphed with an impressive 6-2 victory.
Frederic Deswarte coach of Le Club France said: “It was a great tournament, the final was very competitive, which is good as it was an interesting game, and we conceded after two seconds so it was good to wake up the team. I was always confident we would win though and we didn’t worry and we are happy to have won. We take football seriously, and this has been a great way to develop the kids’ skills and we hope the tournament continues to grow as we are developing some great young footballers in Dubai.
The girls took to the pitch for the much-anticipated final with Zabeelers taking on Al Mizhar American Academy. Zabeelers, wearing the red kit, made a strong start going 2-0 up within the first five minutes. Soon after a long-range strike from the Zabeerers number seven made the game 3-0. After battling their way back into the game Al Mizhar American Academy came close forcing the Zabeelers goalkeeper into a great save. The game ended with a late goal before full-time, making it 4-0 to Zabeelers who took home the trophy.
Ross Ferns, the Zabeelers head coach spoke to Sport360 after the victory. “It was a very good match, the girls really played hard and they played well which was most important. Girls football is very important for us and it’s my dream to have an eleven-a-side girls team in the future.”
In the final game of the evening, and wrapping up The Global Village tournament, Dubai Rangers took on The French School Academy in the Under 12s boys’ final. It took just one minute for The French School Academy to open the scoring and they went 2-0 up shortly after with a great strike. Dubai Rangers pulled one back scoring a half volley from a corner kick, with over half the game to play. The French academy re-grouped and extended their lead to 3-1 after a spell of prolonged pressure. The game ended 5-1, crowning The French School Academy Under 12s boys champions.
Over 50 teams from 30 schools and academies took part in the competition, which took part as Kid’s Fest and over 500 kids competed. The matches have been played on a specially installed Astro Turf pitch, constructed especially for the tournament.
Under 10 boys
JSS International 2-6 Le Club France
Under 12 girls
Al Mizhar American 0-4 Zabeelers
Under 12 boys
French School 5-2 Desert Rangers
Man City take on Arsenal in the Carabao Cup final at Wembley Stadium on Sunday.
Ahead of the game, here’s a look at the match facts, key players and likely line-ups.
Who do you think will come out on top?
1) Manchester City are aiming to win the trophy for the third time in five years, with their most recent triumph coming two years ago against Liverpool.The omens are good, boss Pep Guardiola has won six out of seven major finals he’s been involved in as a manager.
2) Guardiola is closing in on a centenary of matches for the Citizens. Sunday’s outing at Wembley will be Guardiola’s 99th in the City dugout with his 100th set to come the following Thursday, again against Arsenal, in the Premier League. He has lost just 13 of his 98 matches so far.
3) Arsene Wenger has remarkably never won the League Cup but this will be his 13th major final with the Gunners. Having lost previously to Chelsea (2007) and Birmingham, famously in 2011, the Frenchman will be hoping it is third time lucky.
4) Before losing to arch rivals Tottenham in the league earlier this month, the Gunners were unbeaten in nine matches at Wembley. However, of late, Arsenal have won just twice in the past 10 matches on the road.
5) Arsenal have won just two of their last 11 Premier League meetings with Manchester City, drawing five and losing four.
PLAYERS TO WATCH
KEVIN DE BRUYNE V MESUT OZIL
GAMES – 27
GOALS – 7
ASSISTS – 14
Manchester City’s star of the season has already been singled out as the main threat by Gunners boss Arsene Wenger and the Belgian is the man the north Londoners will fear most. Remarkably, the Belgian’s only trophy with City so far came during the club’s last triumph on the competition in 2016 but he will be relishing the task of out-doing compatriot playmaker Mesut Ozil in the creation stakes. De Bruyne will start from the right of midfield but be given plenty of license from Pep Guardiola to maraud and target left-back Nacho Monreal, and make room for Raheem Sterling.
GAMES – 20
GOALS – 4
ASSISTS – 7
Arsenal simply need their chief conductor to pull the strings and hit all the right notes. The German’s big-game presence has perhaps been all too fleeting but he has a stage here, fresh from his bumper new contract, to show his mettle. He should have plenty to target in the form of Alex Iwobi and Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang ahead of, giving him the option of utilizing their pace with his precision passing. Both players are level pegging in terms of assists and it’s a chance for the more experienced Ozil to show he can be the better of the Belgian on his day.
MANCHESTER CITY – 4-3-3
WALKER OTAMENDI LAPORTE DANILO
D. SILVA FERNANDINHO DE BRUYNE
SANE AGUERO STERLING
ARSENAL – 4-2-3-1
BELLERIN MUSTAFI KOSCIELNY MONREAL
RAMSEY OZIL IWOBI
Former Manchester United captain Roy Keane labelled Arsenal’s Jack Wilshere as “probably the most overrated player on the planet” following the Gunners’ round-of-32 Europa League second leg defeat to Ostersunds on Thursday night.
Here, we look at five other stars who could be classed in the same terms.
A man who comfortably has a case for one of the best names in football but has flattered to deceive and failed to live up to that big name talent.
Hulk has been plying his trade in the Chinese Super League with Shanghai SIPG since 2016 but his blistering spell with Porto aside, has never really proven his worth on the biggest stages. Often overrated in terms of value, now 31, it is unlikely we will see him in a Brazil shirt again.
The Argentine has more millions in the bank than most, particularly after he pursued the riches of the Chinese Super League with Hebei China Fortune, but he was a flop in the 2014 World Cup for his country and has never truly been tested in the English or Spanish top flight. Decent stints with both Napoli and Paris Saint-Germain but for a man billed as a world-beater and one of the planet’s best, he’s not lived up to the billing.
STEPHAN EL SHAARAWY
The Genoa prodigy was the talk of the town when he moved to AC Milan for a large €20 million fee back in 2011, aged just 19. But, despite enjoying a stellar campaign with Rossoneri during the 2012-13 season, the winger’s form deteriorated and injury struck. A loan spell at Monaco was disappointing while he did enough to convince Roma to sign him permanently in the summer of 2016 following a profitable loan spell. However, you just have to feel everyone expected more from the man billed as one of the leading lights of Italian football.
Gary Lineker controversially claimed the Real Madrid forward was not as good as people thought he was last October – and it seemed harsh – especially given the fact the 30-year-old has scored 187 goals in 393 appearances for Los Blancos.
But, still, many feel the Frenchman has not made the most of his talent and is not a world-beater. It’s an opinion seemingly backed up by many.
The German is still only 30 and on paper has had a stellar career but the midfielder’s injury-prone nature hasn’t helped his plight. Indeed, he picked up an injury ahead of the 2014 World Cup final and hasn’t really become the box-to-box central midfield talent many people thought he would. His disappointing final two seasons at Real Madrid proved just as much.