The inaugural campaign saw the du Football Champions forge an international scouting platform in partnership with the world’s strongest league. A successful debut saw the creation of the du La Liga High Performance Centre (HPC), which is already producing international football stars.
More than 5,000 aspiring young stars from across the UAE have already registered for the new season and will hope to follow in the footsteps of Ahmed Al Yamani, who was selected for a trial with Malaga.
He and other top talents are undergoing a gruelling year-long training schedule by a hand-picked team of UEFA-certified La Liga coaches.
Fahad Al Hassawi, du’s chief commercial officer, said: “We are proud to announce the success of our du La Liga High Performance Centre, which is already producing football stars of international calibre. This would not have been possible without the valuable partnership of the UAE Football Association, the sports councils and educational authorities and their commitment to youth and sports development in the UAE.”
Fernando Sanz, La Liga general director in the MENA region, added: “We were extremely impressed with the calibre of talent in season one. We established the du La Liga High Performance Centre to ensure these talents receive the best training in the UAE in preparation for scouting and football careers with top clubs in La Liga.”
Real Madrid star Michel Salgado, duFC championship director said: “I am confident that we will see a La Liga star emerging from the UAE in the not too distant future, based on what I have seen throughout the championship last season.”
The second duFC season kicks off with the Northern Emirates round this month, with Abu Dhabi, Al Ain and the Western Province commencing in January and Dubai in February.
Alongside the scouting opportunity, duFC offers hundreds of prizes which include a three-day trip to Spain to watch Real Madrid and Barcelona play.
For the full schedule and more information, visit www.dufc.ae.