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Manchester City FC to bring League and Cup trophies to Abu Dhabi for major fan event

The English Premier League trophy and the Capital One Cup will go on display at a Manchester City FC Fanzone event in Abu Dhabi.

The club, who won both titles last season, are flying the silverware in for a live screening of the big game with Manchester United on Sunday, 2 November 2014.

The family event, on the outdoor Pitch 1 next to the tennis stadium at Zayed Sports City, starts at 4.30pm with kick-off at 5.30pm. Entry is free for all City fans living in the UAE, with pre-event registration required by emailing skyblue@mcfc.co.uk.

At half-time a competition will be held with the lucky winner traveling to the UK for a City game later this season.

Refreshments will be available throughout the evening along with the chance to try Etihad Airways’ incredible F1 car simulator.

Manchester City FC captain Vincent Kompany said: “Fans all over the world will be watching this game and it is always hugely important to both sets of fans. Obviously we can all still remember winning both of those trophies last season and it was an amazing feeling for me personally to lift them both.”

“It’s fantastic that City fans in Abu Dhabi are getting the chance to see them in real life as they support the team in the game against United.”

City have been putting on Fanzones in Abu Dhabi for several years with more than 400 fans heading to Zayed Sports City for the final game of last season when the team landed the league title.

The club also coaches hundreds of young players every week at Zayed Sports City at the City Football School.

World Cup winning legend Patrick Vieira, who runs the Elite Development Squad at City and is a regular visitor to Abu Dhabi, added: “We have seen both the Fanzone events and City Football School in Abu Dhabi go from strength to strength over the years and taking the trophies there is a brilliant way to say thanks.”

Vincent Kompany and Manuel Pellegrini with the English Premier League Trpphy

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Quick News Round Up and The Trophy Tour

Champions League, the draw for the quarter-finals, has taken all the glamour this week. The English teams were unlucky as two of them will exterminate each other while the Spurs will have to face an improved Real Madrid. The question is: Will these English teams focus on the prestigious European title and save the efforts away from the Premier League?

Moving on, Real Madrid and Barcelona are already set to meet twice in April. With the result of the draw of the Champions League, the world might see a third El Clasico in a 10 day span. If that happens, then forget about the excitement of any other league in Europe. The world will witness a mini tournament between two of the biggest teams in the World.

In the meantime, this weekend will conclude some decisive matches all across Europe before a week of friendly international fixtures.

Mario Balotteli was sent off again. As the wind of change is blowing at the City of Manchester, we might see him travelling to the other side of Milan. It is will be a miracle to see AC Milan playing the 2011/2012 season with Zlatan and Mario upfront in every game.

Eric Abidal underwent a surgery, after being diagnosed as having a liver tumor. Barcelona will miss the services of one of their best players of this season. With Maxwell and Puyol still sidelined, Guardiola might need to use Milito more often or Busquets has to “Volunteer” again for the role of a central defender.

Manchester United is suffering from an injury spell. Ferguson will be missing Vidic and Ferdinand for more days to come. The three point lead on the top of the table is in danger and Bolton Wanderers will be the first real threat this week after Marseille failed to live up to the hopes of “somebody.”

The Italian league has evolved into a Milan rivalry again. Internazionale has shaped up well and is just 5 points behind AC Milan. This week might decide nothing, but the week after, with an Ibrahimovic-less Milan Derby, the picture will be clearer.

The Barclays Premier League Trophy is on tour in the United Arab Emirates. The trophy is in Abu Dhabi from March 18 – 20, from 16:00 to midnight, in the Corniche Area. From April 1 till April 4, it will be in Dubai in the JBR – The Walk, area, at the same times. Later on it will move to Qatar and Saudi Arabia (full dates and story here). If I am a Chelsea fan that would be the closest I can reach it this season.

EPL Trophy Tour

First Days in Abu Dhabi


LNFR – A Quick One

Last year, I was at the stadium, and it was not the final, but I didn’t see any empty seats. Even in the UAE, Inter fans have lost hope. Click Here for more>>

From Inter's Game

Empty Seats at Inter's First Match - (Photo by: Omar Abu Omar)


LNFR – Again

More LNFR, excuse the photo quality, I took it off my TV so I wouldn’t be hurt. Click HERE for the full rants of today.

Rio Foul on Sagna

Thank God I took this photo off my TV or I would have been hurt


Inter Milan are a “No-Go”

Abu Dhabi is a one hour and 20 minute drive away while my TV remote control is a “hand stretch” away; I chose the latter to try and catch up any possible excitement of the FIFA Club World Cup, UAE 2010.

It might be a strange decision for a football fanatic, if I were any, and the second in a row within a period of less than a month after I have opted earlier not to go and watch the Argentina vs. Brazil match in the stadium.

Back in 2009, and around the same period of this year, I was among the first fans in Abu Dhabi to watch the tournament. I even took a two week vacation from my work to try and catch up with every moment of the tournament and live the passion of football. I wanted to see Veron, Messi, Xavi, Puyol, Estudiantes and Barcelona.

FIFA Club World Cup 2009

Zayed Sports City Stadium that hosted the FIFA Club World Cup in 2009

I have been thinking since day one of the tournament what the real reason is, and I figured no other than one name; Rafa Benítez. The ex Liverpool and Valencia coach has had good spells with his former employers, yet he is on a mission of self destruction with Moratti’s team.  He has turned Internazionale into a team I don’t even enjoy watching. He took the Italian Champions back to the age of Luigi Simoni and Mircea Lucescu.

Inter Milan was the reigning champion of Italy and Europe with Mourinho last year and became the first Italian team to ever net down the “Treble.” UEFA’s team of the year was mostly from Inter. The best player in each position was picked up from the Nerazzurri. Even Milan fans where appreciative for the first time to see Javier Zanetti paid off for his loyalty and hard work.

 

Inter Milan - 2009

Internazionale Milano; Champions League Winner 2009

Benitez’s first words when he was summoned by Moratti were the mark of his disastrous start. He talked of how hard it will be to change what Mourinho has established and the time it will take to change the players’ mentality and style of play. His words marked the end. All what we hear nowadays, with the approach of the January transfer market of course, are rumors about disgruntled stars wanting to leave Inter, and players willing to kill themselves for a reunion with “The Special One.”

I watched Zanetti play for Inter, and I have seen Figo happy with them, and I don’t want to change that happy image if I headed towards Abu Dhabi. Even if Inter wins the title it will be a win to cover the bigger problems with a thin block of glass. It will not even be close to the history I witnessed with Barcelona last year.

 

Barcelona 2009

Barcelona Squad with the FIFA Club World Cup trophy of the 2009 tournament

Benitez still has the time to turn things around. He can ask for a blank cheque from Moratti to buy the best talents in the world and win four titles if not five with Inter this year. The question is: would any talented footballer with a good judgment want to join an aging Inter with a disturbed coach?


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