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Friends of UK football fan detained in UAE call for his release

UAE official denies Ali Issa Ahmad was arrested for wearing Qatar shirtFriends of the British football fan who has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates have called on the UAE government to allow him to return home safely to the UK.The…

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British man detained in UAE after wearing Qatar football T-shirt to match

Ali Issa Ahmad held over ‘false allegations against security officials’ after initial arrestA British football fan has been arrested and detained in the United Arab Emirates after he wore a Qatar national team shirt to a match.Ali Issa Ahmad, 26, a Bri…

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Qatar beat UAE 4-0 to set up Asian Cup 2019 final against Japan

World Cup 2022 hosts make it to first-ever Asian Cup finalUAE fans hurl footwear at Qatari players after goalsQatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on…

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Qatar beat UAE 4-0 to set up Asian Cup 2019 final against Japan

World Cup 2022 hosts make it to first-ever Asian Cup finalUAE fans hurl footwear at Qatari players after goalsQatar defied sandal-throwing local fans to storm into the Asian Cup final for the first time with a 4-0 win over hosts United Arab Emirates on…

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Qatar ready to make history in Asian Cup … but the world is not watching | Barney Ronay

The 2022 World Cup hosts are excelling on the pitch in the UAE but political turmoil in the region and poor crowds mean Fifa’s fervent interest is not matched across the globeWhen the Qatar 2022 World Cup was announced in Zurich by a sweating, slightly…

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Manchester City fans’ defence of UAE shows sportswashing in action | Barney Ronay

Tribal loyalty has been taken too far when supporters pontificate on an area that has nothing to do with football as if they are debating an offside decisionIt seems an odd detail now but the first person to find oil in Abu Dhabi was the deep sea explo…

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The UAE is trampling human rights. Man City must finally speak out | Simon Hattenstone

The jailing of British academic Matthew Hedges is an abuse the club can’t ignore. It’s time to pressure Sheikh MansourWhat is the price of success? If you’re a Manchester City fan with an interest in human rights, it’s a crisis of conscience. I’ve been…

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Who pays for Manchester City’s beautiful game? | Nick Cohen

It is considered ‘inappropriate’ to ask about the money behind Pep Guardiola’s team, and other leading clubs, but we should be asking the hard questionsEven though I come from the red side of Manchester, I want Manchester City to win every game they pl…

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Manchester City’s plan for global domination

Football has already been transformed by big money – but the businessmen behind Man City are trying to build a global corporation that will change the game for ever. By Giles TremlettOn 19 December 2009, Pep Guardiola stood and wept in the middle of Za…

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Socceroos remain in control of their World Cup destiny with win over UAE

  • Australia beat United Arab Emirates 2-0 at Allianz Stadium
  • Jackson Irvine and Mathew Leckie goals keep Socceroos bid on track

Prior to this contest, there was talk of whether the Socceroos, and more specifically Ange Postecoglou, would be able to cope with the mounting pressure that has crept into their qualifying campaign following a run of four stalemates. The coach had pointedly refused to admit he lets such situations get to him and 90 minutes of football at Allianz Stadium on Tuesday night to an extent backed that claim up: a 2-0 win over the United Arab Emirates means Australian hopes of qualifying for a fourth consecutive World Cup finals remain very much in their own hands, even if an underwhelming performance did little to set the pulse racing.

Related: Australia beat United Arab Emirates 2-0 in World Cup 2018 qualifying – as it happened

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Australia v United Arab Emirates: World Cup 2018 qualifying – live!

  • Live updates from the crunch match at Allianz Stadium in Sydney
  • Get in touch with Sam on email or via Twitter

12.34am BST

Sam will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a look at Nick Miller’s global view of this week’s qualifiers:

Related: International football: 10 things to look out for in World Cup 2018 qualifying

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Australia v United Arab Emirates: World Cup 2018 qualifying – live!

  • Live updates from the crunch match at Allianz Stadium in Sydney
  • Get in touch with Sam on email or via Twitter

12.34am BST

Sam will be here shortly. In the meantime, have a look at Nick Miller’s global view of this week’s qualifiers:

Related: International football: 10 things to look out for in World Cup 2018 qualifying

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Disgruntled Japan bemoan shock UAE defeat in World Cup qualifier

  • Japan 1-2 United Arab Emirates
  • Hosts denied a potential equaliser as ball appears to cross goalline

Japan forward Keisuke Honda felt the Samurai Blue were robbed of a clear goal in the shock 2-1 home defeat to United Arab Emirates in their World Cup qualifier but captain Makoto Hasebe said his profligate team had signed its own “death warrant”.

Japan lost 2-1 to their Asian Group B rivals at Saitama but were denied a 77th-minute equaliser when a close-range shot from substitute Takuma Asano was controversially ruled out by Qatari referee Abdulrahman Al-Jassim.

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Why Omar Abdulrahman is the UAE’s and Asia’s great hope

The gifted playmaker Omar Abdulrahman is on the radar of Europe’s biggest clubs, having shone at the 2012 Olympics and the recent Asian Cup, but luring UAE players away from home is not always easy
• Swaggering UAE make waves in Asian Cup

Old Trafford, 2012, and fans were warming to a special talent starring for United culminating in an assist that a prime-time Paul Scholes would have been proud of. A first touch just inside his half of the centre-circle was a cool collect and turn, one more took him just past the halfway line and the third was with the outside of the left boot that fizzed past three light blue shirts all the way to the penalty area for the goal to be scored. It was 1-0 for United Arab Emirates against Uruguay in the Olympics and it was all down to Omar Abdulrahman, the best player on a pitch containing Luis Suárez and Edinson Cavani.

For unsuspecting neutrals at the game such as my brother, it was a delicious throwback to a time when international tournaments threw up new stars, and at half-time he was texting: “Who the hell is UAE’s number 15?” It is no longer a question asked from the Middle to the Far East. Everyone knows who Abdulrahman is. He is the best Asian player playing in Asia (some think the last three words of that statement should be removed) and at the age of 23, for the sake of himself, country and region, the playmaker has to make the big move to Europe soon.

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United Arab Emirates poised to bid for 2021 Rugby League World Cup

• Head of fledgling sport in UAE says country offers ideal location
• Host nation decision expected to be announced in October 2016

The United Arab Emirates is planning an audacious bid to host the 2021 Rugby League World Cup.

While the sport is in its infancy in the Middle East, the UAE government is keen to boost the country’s international profile, according to Sol Mokdad, the president of UAE Rugby League. Mokdad believes the UAE has the facilities, as well as the financial backing and infrastructure, to host the World Cup.

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United Arab Emirates down Iraq to finish third at Asian Cup

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Socceroos see off UAE in semis to reach Asia Cup final – video highlights

The Socceroos beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in Newcastle to reach the final of the Asian Cup. Two first-half goals from Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson saw off the UAE, who have been the surprise team of the tournament. The final, between the So…

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Socceroos see off UAE in semis to reach Asian Cup final – video highlights

The Socceroos beat the United Arab Emirates 2-0 in Newcastle to reach the final of the Asian Cup. Two first-half goals from Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson saw off the UAE, who have been the surprise team of the tournament. The final, between the So…

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Australia see off United Arab Emirates to reach Asian Cup final

  • Australia 2-0 United Arab Emirates
  • Early goals to Trent Sainsbury and Jason Davidson settle match
  • Socceroos to play South Korea in Saturday’s final in Sydney

After their heroic and improbable win over Japan, it was always a question of which UAE side was going to show up in the Hunter. Would they be buoyed, ready to continue their fairytale run? Or would the exertions over a grueling 120 minutes against Japan take their toll?

It didn’t take long to find out – with many at Newcastle Stadium still finding their seat, or patch of grass, Trent Sainsbury rose virtually unmarked to nod home a Massimo Luongo corner inside Majed Naser’s right post.

Related: Australia beat UAE 2-0 to reach Asian Cup final – as it happened

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Socceroos cautious ahead of Asian Cup semi-final against UAE – video

The Socceroos go into Tuesday’s match as heavy favourites, but coach Ange Postecoglou is taking nothing for granted. Had everything gone to plan for Australia, the host nation would have played their semi-final at Sydney’s 84,000-seater Olympic Stadium…