Thursday cover: UAE embark on Gulf Cup title defence



The National’s Sport cover for the Thursday, November 13 issue, featuring the UAE national football team out to defend their Gulf Cup of Nations title as the tournament begins on Thursday night.

Ali Khaled highlights the UAE's continuity, manager Mahdi Ahli's tactical acumen and a winning culture surrounding the team as reasons the Emiratis can lift the trophy again.

“Since the 2013 Gulf Cup, the UAE’s run of results has been remarkable. An unbeaten 2013, comfortable qualification to the 2015 Asian Cup and several notable friendly victories. This is a team instilled with the winning habit.

“A loss of form this year raised concerns that the side peaked too early. Mahdi Ali has dismissed that notion, never taking his eye off the prizes – this Gulf Cup and the 2015 Asian Cup in Australia next January.

“He knows that this team get results when it matters and that his players know they are the team to beat in Riyadh.”

Meanwhile, Ahmed Rizvi offers a complete guide to the tournament at large, including team-by-team breakdowns, players to watch and numbers to know.

The UAE begin their run in Riyadh on Friday, first playing Oman.

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TCL INFO

Teams:
Punjabi Legends 
Owners: Inzamam-ul-Haq and Intizar-ul-Haq; Key player: Misbah-ul-Haq
Pakhtoons Owners: Habib Khan and Tajuddin Khan; Key player: Shahid Afridi
Maratha Arabians Owners: Sohail Khan, Ali Tumbi, Parvez Khan; Key player: Virender Sehwag
Bangla Tigers Owners: Shirajuddin Alam, Yasin Choudhary, Neelesh Bhatnager, Anis and Rizwan Sajan; Key player: TBC
Colombo Lions Owners: Sri Lanka Cricket; Key player: TBC
Kerala Kings Owners: Hussain Adam Ali and Shafi Ul Mulk; Key player: Eoin Morgan

Venue Sharjah Cricket Stadium
Format 10 overs per side, matches last for 90 minutes
Timeline October 25: Around 120 players to be entered into a draft, to be held in Dubai; December 21: Matches start; December 24: Finals

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