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Many people heard about Dubai but doesn't have clear-cut idea regarding the wealthiest & fastest emerging countries of the world. Secondly, they are soccer mad countries with world's BEST ...

Many people heard about Dubai but doesn't have clear-cut idea regarding the wealthiest & fastest emerging countries of the world. Secondly, they are soccer mad countries with world's BEST infra-structure. I'm considering to bridge a football communication business between India & subcontinent and Persian Gulf States.



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  • Facts On Gulf & Football
  • Iran (IRN)General Information• · Country: Iran• · Country (official name): Jomhuri-Al-Eslami-Ye-Iran• · Continent & Position: Asia (Middle East, State of Persian Gulf, Strait of Hormuz & State of Caspian Zone)• · Main Source of Economy: Worlds Third Highest Reserves of Crude Oil After Saudi Arabia & Russia, Petroleum & Natural Gas. Presently, Iran is having worlds one of the highest oil refining capacities & high investments (domestic & foreign) have been made on ongoing constructions almost nation-wide (mainly Western, Southern Iran & on Persian Gulf) refineries & giant gas plants to become No.1 in the world.• · Capital: Teheran• Geographic Information• · Surface area: 1,648,000 km²• · Highest point: Kuh-e- Damavan 5,671 m.• · Neighbouring Countries: Iraq (West), Qatar (On Persian Gulf) & Afghanistan (on east)• . New Cities & Major Tourist Centre: A new upcoming vibrant business city is under- construction on "Persian Gulf". Its "Persian Gulf Sea City" beside Kish Free Zone. Kish is one of the worlds best tourism islands where leisure & recreation are the last words.• FIFA WORLD CUP™ APPEARANCES 3 (1978, 1998, 2006)• CONTINENTAL TITLES Asian Nations Cup (1968, 1972, 1976)• BEST RESULT FIFA Futsal World Cup Final (1992)
  • Football in Iran• Iran rank among Asias most prominent & premier football nations. Their successes include gold medals at the Asian Games Football Tournament in 1998 and 2002. They are supreme masters of the game of futsal, having won successive confederation championships between 1999 and 2002. It was therefore no surprise to see Iran as the only Asian team keeping abreast with the worlds best at the FIFA Futsal World Championship in Guatemala in 2000. Several players switched to European clubs to gain more experience in the world of professional soccer, after the 1998 FIFA World Cup - most of them to Germany. Ali Daei (Arminia Bielefeld, Bayern Munich and Hertha BSC), M.Mahdi Mahdakvia (VfL Bochum and Hamburger SV), Ali Karim Bagheri (Arminia Bielefeld, then Charlton Athletic in England), Vahid Hashem (VfL Bochum) and Khodadad Azizi (1. FC Cologne) have all helped to spread the reputation of Iranian football around the world.• Iran Govt. & National Iranian Oil Company has invested massive in development of football in Iran. The infrastructures of Professional football clubs are excellent and NIOC has contributed a part of its massive oil earnings in building up proper infrastructure of football in global standards. But Iran must concentrate more on grass-root level of football, no doubt, Iran has top quality professional players.• Iran has appointed, world’s one of the best & costliest soccer technocrat’s of modern football, Mr. Carlos Quieroz (ex-Portugal, ex- ManUtd & ex-Real Madrid) for its senior football team. He also pointed out that Iran govt. should take interest on young talents. They are fantastic. If properly groomed, in future, its not surprising for Iran to win FIFA World Cup.• Third Goal project• The best artificial turf pitches, which was approved by the FIFA Goal Bureau on 22 October 2008, is a part of state of art National Football Academy that was built in Tehran under the countrys first Goal project. Thanks to the addition of an all-weather pitch, players of all ages will be able to use the training centre all year round, which will also lead to the introduction of long-term training programmes. There will be another 15 NFA across the country in association with top Global Clubs from Portugal, Spain & Italy.
  • General Information Iraq (IRQ)• · FIFA Trigramme: IRQ• · Country: Iraq• · Country (official name): Al-Jomhuri-Al-Iraqiyah• · Continent & Position: Asia (Middle East & Persian Gulf)• · Capital: Baghdad• Geographic Information• · Surface area: 437,072 km²• · Highest point: Haji Ibrahim 3,608 m.• · Neighbouring Countries: Iran & Kuwait
  • Football in Iraq:• Iraqi football has a long history and the game itself is extremely popular. The national team has qualified for many continental championships, and even reached the Final of the Asian Games football tournament. Iraq have also twice sent a representative XI to compete in the final competitions of the FIFA World Youth Championship (1977 Tunisia; 1989 Saudi Arabia). In 2002, Iraq won the West Asian Championship, although the country was firmly in the grip of political turmoil. This triumph remains Iraqi footballs greatest day to date. Countless Iraqi players have earned moves abroad, primarily to clubs in U.A.E, Iran & Qatar. The current President of the association, Hussain Saeed, was also one of the best players to have emerged from Iraq. However, the wars of the last 15 years have unfortunately set the country back and reconstruction work will not be completed overnight. Having said that, football in Iraq has never died. People always tried, whenever possible, to play matches in the domestic and regional league championships. Against all odds the national teams sensational runned in the Asian Cup reaching the quarter finals in China in July 2004 and the Olympic Games in Athens in August 2004 where they reached the medal round and took the fourth place! People back home heralded such success stories as the first shotzs of recovery of Iraq football.Second and third Goal projects• The ongoing lack of security in the capital, Bagdad, is holding up the completion and opening of the headquarters and technical centre built under project 1. A new project in the more secure north of the country will provide a technical centre in Arbil with seminar rooms and offices as well as accommodation for national team players using the centre as a training camp. The plan approved by the Goal Bureau on 22 October 2008 has been divided into two phases. The second phase will consist of the laying of an artificial turf pitch.
  • Qatar (QAT)General Information• · Country: Qatar• · Country (official name): Dawlat Qatar• · Continent & Position: Asia (Middle East & Persian Gulf State)• · Capital: DohaGeographic Information• · Surface area: 11,437 km²• · Highest point: Qurayn Aba al-Bawl 105 m.• · Neighbouring Countries: Kuwait & IranGoal Programme - Qatar Football Association - 2007
  • Football in Qatar• Football is the number one sport in Qatar by far. The objective of the national association has long been to gain major success at club and international level. In 1992, the national team triumphed in the 11th Gulf Cup in Doha. The Olympic team have twice qualified for the Olympic Football Tournaments - in Los Angeles in 1984 and Barcelona in 1992. The U-20 team won the silver medal at the FIFA World Youth Championship Australia 1981, while the U-17s reached the final competition of the FIFA U-17 World Championship in 1985, 1987, 1991, 1993, 1995, 1997 and 1999. In 1995, the Qatar Football Association organised the FIFA World Youth Championship in record time after the original hosts had been forced to withdraw from staging the tournament at the last minute for logistical reasons. In 1991, Al-Sadd Sports Club won the 8th Gulf Cup for Clubs in Doha. Although Qatari football is not particularly well known in Europe, four Qatari players are currently with European clubs.The Goal Project• On 1 May 2003, the Goal Bureau added Qatar to the list of nations to benefit from the Goal Programme. The project is currently in the preparation stage and is due to be presented at the next meeting of the Goal Bureau. Funds from the FIFA Financial Assistance Programme have been used to set up a youth development programme for young players of various ages. This scheme comprises organising training courses for coaches, bringing together the most promising players in each age group and providing the necessary equipment. TheQatar FA hopes that it will thus perpetuate its long tradition at youth level and help to build a strong national team for the future.
  • Kuwait (KUW):General Information• · Country: KuwaitCountry (official name): Dawlat al Kuwayt• · Continent & Position: Asia (Middle East & Persian Gulf)• · Capital: Kuwait City• Geographic Information• · Surface area: 17,820 km²• · Highest point: 306 m.• · Neighbouring Countries: Qatar & IraqFIFA WORLD CUP™ APPEARANCES 1(1982)
  • Football in Kuwait• Kuwait is one of the most successful football nations in the Middle East, having won the Asian Cup once in 1980 and finished second in 1998 and third in 1994. On top of that, the Kuwaitis have triumphed on nine occasions in the Gulf Cup (a high-ranking tournament in the region), qualified for the 1982 FIFA World Cup? finals in Spain, and taken part in three Olympic Football Tournaments (in Moscow in 1980, Barcelona in 1992, and Sydney in 2000). Many talented footballers have emerged from Kuwait. The most famous player in the 1980s was Jassem Yaquob, who ranked among the most prolific goalscorers on the Arabian peninsula. In later years, first Al- Houwaidi, Al-Buloushi and Tarabilsi and more recently Bashar Abdullah, Al-Habashi, Mubarak and Al-Shammari have thrilled Kuwaits football-mad youth with their performances in the professional leagues of Saudi Arabia, Qatar, Iran and the United Arab Emirates. Although Kuwaiti footballs success on the international stage has not been repeated in recent times, it is flourishing on the domestic scene, with the Premier League, Emirs Cup, Crown Prince Cup and WAFF Cup keeping up the level of interest in the game.The Goal project• On 22 October 2008 the Goal Bureau gave the green light to the construction of a mini-stadium for 1,800 spectators around the existing playing surface on a plot of land adjacent to the headquarters of the Kuwaiti FA. These facilities, which constitute a logical expansion of the Kuwaiti FAs infrastructure, will be used by both youth players and the national team. The stadium is also intended to host youth festivals.
  • United Arab Emirates (UAE):General Information• · FIFA Trigramme: UAE• · Country: United Arab Emirates• · Country (official name): Al Imarat al Arabiyah al Muttahidah• · Continent: Asia• · Capital: Abu DhabiGeographic Information• · Surface area: 82,880 km²• · Highest point: Jabal Yibir 1,527 m.• · Neighbouring Countries: Oman, Saudi ArabiaGoal Programme - United Arab Emirates Football Association - 2003
  • Football in the United Arab Emirates• Football is not the overriding sport in the UAE as it has to share the limelight with horse and camel racing and falconry. But the UAE still make their mark on many final competitions in various age categories with impressive results, such as runners-up in the Asian Cup on home ground in 1996. The UAE played in the FIFA World Cup? in Italy in 1990 and the Olympic Football Tournament in Seoul in 1988. Their first division was established in 1974. The clubs, Al-Ahly and Al-Ain, are usually to be found near the top of the table at the end of the season.Goal project• On 21 March 2007, the Goal Bureau approved the construction of two floodlit natural turf pitches and a futsal hall. This constitutes Goal and the FIFA Financial Assistance Programmes contribution to a major project in Dubai, which the association is funding itself with support from the city authorities. The associations headquarters, a clubhouse and a building with overnight accommodation for players will be built at an impressive location, providing national team members with optimum training conditions.
  • Oman (OMA):General Information• · Country: Oman• · Country (official name): Saltanat Uman• · Continent & Position: Asia (Middle East, Persian Gulf, Gulf of Oman & Strait of Hormuz)• · Capital: MuscatGeographic Information• · Surface area: 212,460 km²• · Highest point: Jabal al-Akhdar 3,075 m.• · Neighbouring Countries: U.A.E, Saudi ArabiaGoal Programme - Oman Football Association - 2003
  • Football in Oman• The Sultanate of Oman is passionate about football and has a noteworthy track record at youth level. They have won the Asian U-17 Championship twice (in 1996 and 2000) and qualified for the final round of the FIFA U-17 World Championship three times (Ecuador in 1995, Egypt in 1997 and Trinidad & Tobago in 2001). In Ecuador, they even reached the semi-finals. The national association has opened 25 academies using funds from the Financial Assistance Programme. The best of these institutions took part in the first and second Asian Festivals in Iran in 2002 and Oman in 2003. Ali Habsi is currently Omans best known player. He plays for Bolton Wanderers (England).First Goal project• The Goal Bureau was able to successfully deliver on one of the first requests that it received in May 2003, when it approved an artificial turf pitch for the Oman Football Association. At the time of the request, the association had envisaged having a technical centre and association headquarters under the same roof. However, the situation changed over the intervening period and the associations plans were consolidated in a satisfactory manner. By June 2009, the association wished for no more than an artificial pitch to guarantee all-year-round training conditions that will benefit young players in particular.
  • Bahrain (BHR):General Information• · Country: Bahrain• · Country (official name): Dawlat al Bahrayn• · Continent & Position: Asia (Middle East Persian Gulf State)• · Capital: ManamaGeographic Information• · Surface area: 665 km²• · Highest point: Jabal ad Dukhan 122 m.• · Neighbouring Countries: Kingdom of Saudi ArabiaGoal Programme - Bahrain Football Association - 2008
  • Football in Bahrain• Football is the leading sport in Bahrain, who hit the heights in 2002 as runners-up in the Arab Cup and in 1989 when they came fourth in the FIFA U-17 World Championship in Scotland. The national team then reached the second round of the prelimiycompetition for the 2002 FIFA World Cup Korea/Japan? for the first time. In the 1990s, Humood Sultan was voted the best player in the region and Mohamed Jaffar the best forward. Mohamed Hussain, who played for top Saudi Arabian football clubs for many years, is also a household name. Most of the teams and tournaments are sponsored by a marketing group that acts as a consultant to the national association.Goal Football Project• The establishment of the Goal Football project series marks a new chapter in the history of the Goal Programme: for the first time, funds from this source will be used to specifically assist promising young players. In the case of Bahrain, 29 players (of which four are goalkeepers) will be trained by a full-time coach five times a week and in their school holidays. The coach will be supported by a part-time assistant coach, goalkeeping coach and fitness coach. Promising young players will be selected for inclusion in this training programme on an annual basis. The objective of the training programme is for the group to represent Bahrain at U-16 level for the first time in 2010 and at U-17 level in 2011, in such a way that the continual development of the junior and senior national teams is guaranteed. These activities will make full use of the infrastructure of the technical centre built with funding from the Goal Programme.
  • Saudi Arabia (KSA):General Information• · Country: Saudi Arabia• · Country (official name): Al Mamlakah al Arabiyah as Saudiyah• · Continent: Asia (Middle East & Persian Gulf )• · Capital: RiyadhGeographic Information• · Surface area: 2,240,000 km²• · Highest point: Jabal al Hijaz 3,133 m.• · Neighbouring Countries: Bahrain, Yemen, U.A.EFIFA WORLD CUP™ APPEARANCES 4 (1994, 1998, 2002, 2006)
  • Contact:Sumane: suman.kalyan.dutta@hotmail.comw: Indo-Gulf Soccer Venture… “bridging two regions for the good of the game”