UAE Precor Team Touches Down in Gothen-burg for Gothia

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  • (1888PressRelease) July 22, 2011 - Dubai - UAE Precor, the star under-16 football team landed in Gothenburg, Sweden, to prove their mettle in the World Cup for youth football, the Gothia Cup.

    The 22 players, all UAE residents hailing from over 15 different countries, are in Group 30 in the Under-16 division. Their competitors in this group include last year's finalist Floro SK from Norway.

    In preparation for their first game, the team spent an intensive five days in a training camp in London. They also competed in a friendly tournament organized by Pro Touch Soccer Academy in London, a non-for-profit organization run by London-based football professionals to provide a nurturing environment for youth football. UAE Precor competed against three teams, some of whom featured players from English clubs. UAE Precor won every match and emerged victorious in the tournament.

    "Last year at the Gothia, we finished among the top five teams and the year before that we were in the quarterfinals. This year, we have made great strides in our level of skill and have a stronger team than ever, as seen by our excellent performance in the Academy tournament. While you can never predict the outcome of football tournaments, I believe we have a good chance of bringing the Cup home," said Derek Burke, the team's coach.

    Earlier this year, the 22-player-strong UAE Precor secured third place in the Dubai Amateur Football League against adult teams. The team is coached and managed by Burke and assistant coach Tarek Khalifa, who see talent and passion in these players and support them in all their achievements.

    About UAE Precor
    UAE Precor is a team of 22 players of under 16 years of age and belonging to ten different nationalities. Coached and managed by Derek Burke, the man who saw talent and passion in these boys supports the team in all their achievements. The most recent victory for UAE Precor is winning the '(U16) TTD International Super Cup' against teams from India, South Africa and Qatar in a five-day tournament conducted at the Dubai Sevens Stadium football pitches.

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