Maradona, Parreira, Cannavaro - the World Cup winners with UAE connections - in pictures



A number of past World Cup standouts have contributed to UAE football. Here, we chose some of the most notable who have called the Emirates home.

Diego Maradona

World Cup-winning captain with Argentina in 1986 and manager of his national team in 2010, he manned the Al Wasl dugout between 2011 and 2012 and then managed Fujairah for one year until this April. Also served as a Dubai Sports Council ambassador.

Carlos Alberto Parreira

The only manager to lead five different countries at a World Cup, the Brazilian guided his homeland to the title in 1994. By that stage, he had already managed the UAE twice, stepping into the breach in 1990 following Mario Zagallo’s departure. It remains the UAE’s only World Cup appearance.

Fabio Cannavaro

Captained Italy to victory in 2006, when the Azzurri prevailed on penalties. Ended a hugely successful club career at Al Ahli, joining directly after the 2010 World Cup although injury restricted him to one season. Then joined Cosmin Olaroiu's coaching staff.

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Jorginho

The former Brazil full-back, a member of the successful 1994 World Cup side and then assistant manager between 2006-2010, was appointed Al Wasl manager in 2014. Lasted only four months at the Zabeel Stadium, taking charge of six competitive matches, winning once.

David Trezeguet

Part of the France squad that lifted the 1998 World Cup, the forward also appeared in the 2006 final, missing his penalty in the shoot-out. Joined Baniyas in 2011, but stayed only a few months, and two league matches, citing injury as reason for leaving.

Luca Toni

Named in the team of the tournament in 2006 having helped Italy capture the title, the striker eventually signed for Al Nasr in January 2012. Was released five months later having failed to impress the Dubai club. Scored five times in 10 appearances.

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OTHER NOTEABLES:

Walter Zenga – Italy goalkeeper in 1990; managed Al Ain, Al Nasr, Al Jazira and Al Shaab.

Asamoah Gyan – Africa's highest-scorer at the World Cup; starred at Al Ain before a modest spell at Al Ahli.

Jorge Valdivia – Part of Chile's team in 2010 and 2014; starred for Al Ain and latterly played for Al Wahda.

Roy Hodgson – England manager in 2014; was in charge of the UAE between 2002-2004.

Bruno Metsu – Masterminded Senegal's shock win against holders France in 2002; managed the UAE, Al Ain - both with success - and Al Wasl.

Phillip Cocu – Represented the Netherlands in 1998 and 2006 and was assistant manager when runners-up in 2010; played for Al Jazira.

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Story behind the UAE flag

The UAE flag was first unveiled on December 2, 1971, the day the UAE was formed. 

It was designed by Abdullah Mohammed Al Maainah, 19, an Emirati from Abu Dhabi. 

Mr Al Maainah said in an interview with The National in 2011 he chose the colours for local reasons. 

The black represents the oil riches that transformed the UAE, green stands for fertility and the red and white colours were drawn from those found in existing emirate flags.

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Date started: 2015

Founder: John Tsioris and Ioanna Angelidaki

Based: Dubai

Sector: Online grocery delivery

Staff: 200

Funding: Undisclosed, but investors include the Jabbar Internet Group and Venture Friends

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Job: CEO JCDecaux Middle East

In the role: Since January 2015

Lives: In the UAE

Background: M&A, investment banking

Studied: Corporate finance

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Name: Xpanceo

Started: 2018

Founders: Roman Axelrod, Valentyn Volkov

Based: Dubai, UAE

Industry: Smart contact lenses, augmented/virtual reality

Funding: $40 million

Investor: Opportunity Venture (Asia)

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Bahrain: November 15 (from September 15); second daily service from January 1

Kuwait: November 15 (from September 16)

Mumbai: January 1 (from October 27)

Ahmedabad: January 1 (from October 27)

Colombo: January 2 (from January 1)

Muscat: March 1 (from December 1)

Lyon: March 1 (from December 1)

Bologna: March 1 (from December 1)

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Name: Lamsa

Founder: Badr Ward

Launched: 2014

Employees: 60

Based: Abu Dhabi

Sector: EdTech

Funding to date: $15 million

The bio

Job: Coder, website designer and chief executive, Trinet solutions

School: Year 8 pupil at Elite English School in Abu Hail, Deira

Role Models: Mark Zuckerberg and Elon Musk

Dream City: San Francisco

Hometown: Dubai

City of birth: Thiruvilla, Kerala

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Name: Tabby
Founded: August 2019; platform went live in February 2020
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Sector: Payments
Size: 40-50 employees
Stage: Series A
Investors: Arbor Ventures, Mubadala Capital, Wamda Capital, STV, Raed Ventures, Global Founders Capital, JIMCO, Global Ventures, Venture Souq, Outliers VC, MSA Capital, HOF and AB Accelerator.

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Best movie: Avatar

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COMPANY PROFILE

Company: Eco Way
Started: December 2023
Founder: Ivan Kroshnyi
Based: Dubai, UAE
Industry: Electric vehicles
Investors: Bootstrapped with undisclosed funding. Looking to raise funds from outside

The specs

Engine: 2.0-litre 4-cylturbo

Transmission: seven-speed DSG automatic

Power: 242bhp

Torque: 370Nm

Price: Dh136,814

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Preliminaries:

Nouredine Samir (UAE) v Sheroz Kholmirzav (UZB); Lucas Porst (SWE) v Ellis Barboza (GBR); Mouhmad Amine Alharar (MAR) v Mohammed Mardi (UAE); Ibrahim Bilal (UAE) v Spyro Besiri (GRE); Aslamjan Ortikov (UZB) v Joshua Ridgwell (GBR)

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Title card:

Intercontinental Lightweight: Ilyass Habibali (UAE) v Angel Marquez (ESP)

Intercontinental Middleweight: Amine El Moatassime (UAE) v Francesco Iadanza (ITA)

Asian Featherweight: Zakaria El Jamari (UAE) v Phillip Delarmino (PHI)

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What is a credit score?

In the UAE your credit score is a number generated by the Al Etihad Credit Bureau (AECB), which represents your credit worthiness – in other words, your risk of defaulting on any debt repayments. In this country, the number is between 300 and 900. A low score indicates a higher risk of default, while a high score indicates you are a lower risk.

Why is it important?

Financial institutions will use it to decide whether or not you are a credit risk. Those with better scores may also receive preferential interest rates or terms on products such as loans, credit cards and mortgages.

How is it calculated?

The AECB collects information on your payment behaviour from banks as well as utilitiy and telecoms providers.

How can I improve my score?

By paying your bills on time and not missing any repayments, particularly your loan, credit card and mortgage payments. It is also wise to limit the number of credit card and loan applications you make and to reduce your outstanding balances.

How do I know if my score is low or high?

By checking it. Visit one of AECB’s Customer Happiness Centres with an original and valid Emirates ID, passport copy and valid email address. Liv. customers can also access the score directly from the banking app.

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