FOOTBALL: Salgado watches on as 2,500 players take part in duFC Dubai group stages

Over 2,500 players take part in duFC Dubai group stages

After the Northern Emirates and Abu Dhabi, duFC reaches Dubai

  • Michel Salgado and La liga Scouts on the outlook for Dubai talents
  • Returning Champions Choueifat School and Philadelphia Private School come back strong to win their first game
  • Record number of Girls Teams Set the Bar High in Dubai
  • The Dubai community come out in droves to support the young footballers

Dubai, UAE – 13 February 2017 – The final qualifying leg of the nationwide duFC kicked off in Dubai this week attracting thousands of youth to the nation’s official youth football tournament and the only international football scouting platform in partnership with LaLiga.

Striving to achieve maximum goals in week one and top their groups, Dubai’s youth played fierce football with surprise talents catching the LaLiga scouts attention early on.

UAE Schools Cup                                                                                                                                                              

In the boys U16 category, strong contenders to enter the finals were the boys from American International School whose team work and superior technical skills, led by coach Anis saw them breeze past Greenwood International School.

Returning champions Choueifat International School came back strong, displaying their strength and technical skills to win their first game of this season, making them potential contenders for winning the Cup two years in a row.

In the boys U14 category Philadelphia Private School winners of duFC 2015/2016 season played like stars, with confidence and skill in their match against Gems Our Own Indian School, leading them to a strong victory.

UAE Streets Cup

With so many Streets Teams competing for the 2 spots in the national duFC UAE Streets Cup semi-finals, the atmosphere on the Streets Cup pitches was intense.  After Dubai Group Stages Week 1, the top teams that emerged include Ultimate XI, Goal Diggers FC and Abu Hail ST.

Girls Challenge

The support and cheering from the pitches of the Girls Challenge could be heard across the Sevens as the girls teams battled it out in Week 1.  Adastra and Fusion FC topped their groups with impressive play and team spirit.

Top Talents

Top scorer of day 1 was Nima Sadeghi from Ultimate XI who scored 6 goals in his match against DXB Troops led to his team’s win and increasing their chances to make it to the semi-finals.

Man of the match-day selected by LaLiga Scouts was 14 year-old from Mohammed El Shabrawy from Philadelphia Private School with technical skills rarely seen in a youth of his age.

Other impressive players which were singled out by LaLiga coaches this week for their talent include Mouaz Sadek, Othman Jamaland and Mohammad Khamas.

What They said

Speaking about the platform Osman Sultan, CEO du said, “du Football Champions was created to provide the youth across the UAE with a chance to fulfill their dreams, and in its second year we can see the value, not only in terms of the number of participants, but in the support from schools, coaches and parents who value the platform and the benefits it presents for their children.  We look forward to following the success of teams and individuals and wish them all luck in season 2.”

Championship Director Michel Salgado commented on Dubai talents saying, “Year on year we see kids from all walks of life coming out to duFC for the chance of being discovered and there are indeed great hidden talents across the UAE.  Today, in Dubai, after witnessing fantastic talent in the Northern Emirates and Abu Dhabi, my team and I have spotted players with great potential to play internationally, with the right training and commitment.  The uniqueness of this platform is that the opportunity it presents to the youth is limitless, anyone can participate and everyone has an equal opportunity to be discovered.”


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About du Football Champions

du Football Champions, featuring the UAE Schools Cup and Streets Cups, is the home of youth football in the UAE, offering a professional scouting platform to develop the male and female football champions of tomorrow.

The UAE’s ultimate youth football championship is open to boys and girls aged 11 – 18 from across the UAE.

The Championship will be played to world-class standards, attracting the largest number of football enthusiasts in the UAE by enabling them to participate either through their school, or together with their friends.

For more Information contact:

Mahmoud Hassan

056 6767 945