NSL stars to train with German giants

Sport360 staff 12:42 07/01/2016
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Young NSL football stars will get the chance to work with the Bundesliga side.

Supporting sponsors Daman will help make the dreams of specially-selected Emirates Islamic National School League Football (NSL Football) stars come true this weekend when they experience a training camp held by the Bundesliga giants Eintracht Frankfurt.

Players from the under-14s and 16s ranks of Sport360’s inaugural competition are set to take part in the two-day event at Abu Dhabi’s resplendent Emirates Palace from Friday. 

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The 60 budding footballers will be put through their paces by Die Adler luminaries such as academy head coach Karl-Heinz Korbel – who also holds the record for most Bundesliga appearances at 602 – and former goalkeeper Oka Nikolov who spent more than 20 years with the club. 

“Eintracht Frankfurt continues to support the development of youth football at the UAE,” said a spokesperson from the team which currently sits in 14th position in the German top flight.

“Representatives of the youth academy are regularly sent to the region in order to coach their local counterparts of schools and clubs regarding their work with talents.

“There is also a fruitful collaboration with the insurance company Daman who launched the initiative ‘Super 11’. For two years now, the 11 best footballers from a selection of the Emirate’s school clubs have been invited to an exclusive training course at the Eintracht Frankfurt Youth Academy.

“With plenty of good contacts in the region, Eintracht Frankfurt will keep promoting football in Abu Dhabi in general and helping the parties responsible in developing Abu Dhabi’s talents in a purposeful way, thereby strengthening the good relationship between the Emirate of Abu Dhabi and the German Bundesliga Football Club of Eintracht Frankfurt.”

Eintracht Frankfurt finished 9th in the Bundesliga last season.

Daman has played an important role in the ongoing NSL Football tournament, using their medical insurance expertise to help all the young stars compete safely.

Ahead of the quarter-finals on January 30 and the semi-finals and finals deciders on February 6 at The Sevens Stadium in Dubai, their sponsorship links with Eintracht ensured key members of the Bundesliga outfit’s academy have headed to the capital for this exciting opportunity for UAE-based starlets.

Each school taking part in the NSL competition nominated two players from both age categories for the Eintracht camp, with Sport360 selecting the final list.

The under-14s will be put through their paces on Friday, with the older players doing the same sessions on Saturday. 

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