Former national football player and current coach of the Football Association, Nawaf Mubarak, said that he is proud to be among the team that won the 18th Gulf Cup in Abu Dhabi in 2007 for the first time in the history of Emirates football, considering that the attention that Al-Abyad received at that time by the leadership Al-Rasheeda in the country was at the highest levels, in addition to that all the players of the national team were during this tournament at the heart of one man, and that was behind achieving this historic achievement for Emirates football, indicating that as a former player and current football coach he dreams of training the first national team as he continues now He started his training career by going through training courses in the field of training.
Nawaf Mubarak told “Emirates Today”: “Unfortunately, the team that won the Gulf 18 title was not preserved and its elements were distributed negatively, although the group that was present included the best influential players in their clubs.”
He explained, “At that time, it was assumed that a team that succeeded in achieving the first championship in the Gulf Cup for the Emirates would be preserved, and it was supposed to be supported by young elements in case there was a need for that, provided that the basic rules existing in the team at that time be preserved as they are It would give the team stability, strength, motivation and dynamism.
Nawaf Mubarak, who participated with the national team in the Gulf 18 as well as the Gulf 19 in Bahrain, indicated that the injury he suffered in 2009, and his undergoing surgery at that time, prevented him from being with the national team during the era of Slovenian coach Katanic, indicating that he was present with Katanic during the press conference. Which was held by the Football Association to present the coach at that time in preparation for taking over the training of Al-Abyad. Nawaf confirmed that he moved from Sharjah Club to Bani Yas in 2012-2013, but the coach of the national team at that time, Mahdi Ali, did not call him to the national team, although he was one of the most prominent elements.
Nawaf Mubarak continued, “One of my best moments in the national team is that my presence with him gave me the opportunity to face old teams, and to play against international players on the ground at a time when we considered them role models and stars.”
Nawaf Mubarak considered that the late former national team coach Bruno Metsu is one of the best coaches who left an imprint on his career as a football player, pointing out that Metsu was not looking for names but for the most ready player, and he was convinced of the elements in the team.
Nawaf Mubarak stressed that the current team has the capabilities that make it present its best, pointing out that the team lacked in the previous period the prestige that characterized it, and the team lost the state of stability that it was also characterized by through the presence of changes in the elements continuously, although The national team has been playing beautiful matches and a distinctive way of playing in the past period.
Regarding the difference between the players of the 18th generation of the Gulf and the generation of 90, who reached the World Cup 90 in Italy, as well as the generation of Omar Abdul Rahman, who won the 21st Gulf Cup title in Bahrain for the second time in the history of UAE football, Nawaf Mubarak confirmed that each of these generations played roles. assigned to him at that time.
Nawaf Mubarak concluded: “The generation that came after us – the generation of Amouri, Ahmed Khalil and Ali Mabkhout – did not fall short, but completed the journey that the Gulf generation started in 2007.”
• “Mitsuo is one of the best coaches who left an imprint on my career as a footballer.”
• “It was supposed to preserve a team that succeeded in achieving the first UAE championship.”
• “Amouri, Khalil and Mabkhout’s generation did not fall short … and completed the 2007 national team.”
• 2009 was the year in which Mubarak suffered an injury that prevented him from existing in Katanic’s combination.
• 2007, the year in which the national team won the Gulf Cup for the first time in the history of Emirati football.
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