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Wednesday, June 2, 2010

Fabio Cannavaro Signs for Al-Ahli in Dubai

Sports News - May 27, 2010

Fabio Cannavaro has 132 caps for Italy.
In 2006, he was named FIFA Player of the Year

and also won the prestigious Ballon d'Or from
France Football.

According to the Gazzetta dello Sport, Azzurri captain, Fabio Cannavaro, has signed a two year contract with Al-Ahli in Dubai.

According to Andrea D'Amico, who brokered the deal, Mr. Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah, the President of the Emirates club, was keen to bring Cannavaro to Al-Ahli. D'Amico also stated that Cannavaro turned down approaches from Italian and North American clubs.

"Fabio guarda al presente e al futuro - continua - aveva altre offerte anche dall'America e dall'Italia ma ha capito la qualità di questo progetto e vuole vivere questa esperienza di vita".
"Fabio looks to the present and future," D'Amico stated, "he had other offers also from America and Italy but he understood the quality of this project and wants to live this life experience."
L'Al Ahli, tra le formazioni più prestigiose negli Emirati Arabi Uniti "vuole costruire una squadra forte, vogliono anche un allenatore importante e si parla di Harry Redknapp (attuale manager del Tottenham,ì; n.d.r.) - continua D'Amico - e Cannavaro non sarà solo un giocatore ma anche l'ambasciatore sportivo di Dubai e potrà coronare la sua carriera con un'esperienza di vita e professionale ai massimi livelli."
"Al-Ahli, one of the most prestigious clubs in the United Arab Emirates, 'wants to build a strong team. They also want an important manager and have talked about Harry Redknapp (actual manager of Tottenham Hotspur),' D'Amico stated, 'and Cannavaro will not only be a player but also a sporting ambassador of Dubai and can crown his career with a life and professional experience at the highest levels.' "
Cannavaro and Mr. Abdullah Saeed Al Naboodah on the Deal

Sports News - May 28, 2010

"Sono felice di aver firmato con l'Al Alhi per le prossime stagioni, stavo già pensando di andare a vivere a Dubai che adoro, è un sogno che diventa realtà".
"I am happy to have signed with Al-Ahli for the next two seasons. I was thinking of going to live in Dubai which I adore. It is a dream that has become reality."
"Quest'accordo è uno dei più importanti di sempre per noi - il commento del presidente del club, Abdullah Al Naboodah - è un giocatore con esperienza, talento e carisma, che ha guidato la sua nazionale alla vittoria dei Mondiali del 2006 e di cui sarà il capitano anche in Sudafrica"
"This deal is one of the most important of all time for us," commented the president of the team, Abdullah Al Naboodah, "he is a player with experience, talent and charisma, that has lead his national team to victory in the 2006 World Cup and who will be captain also in South Africa."
Italian source: La Gazzetta dello Sport, June 2, 2010.

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Cannavaro could become a significant voice to help the UAE secure either the 2018 or 2022 FIFA World Cup. Similar to David Beckham with England, Fabio's global appeal, character and name recognition will boost the efforts of the Emirates.

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