Passionate football fans descended on the Abu Dhabi cornice last night for the opening night of the FIFA Club World Cup Football Village, brought to you by Mubadala. Visitors were treated to a vast range of activities and entertainment including the ‘Etisalat Match in the Sky’ - a game of vertical football with suspended players performing acrobatic manoeuvres in mid-air. A host of live music and DJ acts, face painters and balloon benders also helped to create a lively atmosphere.
The Football Village is part of the FIFA Club World Cup entertainment and community programme and runs until Saturday 4th December. The centrepiece of the Football Village is the Mubadala Experience which features UAE FA coaches who are on-hand to share their advice and expertise, and includes a number of technical drill zones where football enthusiasts can refine their skills.
The Inter Village, organised by the Abu Dhabi Sports Council and FC Internazionale Milano, includes two mini-football pitches for young players to showcase their talent as well as diver and keeper and kick point stages for specific skills training.
Over the coming week, visitors of all ages to the Football Village will also be able to enjoy live music and DJs at the Flash Stage, movies shown on big movie screens by the beach, graffiti and sand sculpting workshops, family entertainers and a vast array of inflatable football games.
The FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010 brings together the club champions from six continental confederations: Asia, Europe, Africa, North America, South America and Oceania, as well as the winning team from the host city’s national league. From December 8-18 the teams will compete to be crowned club world cup champions over 11-days of action at Zayed Sports City and Mohammed Bin Zayed Stadium.
Tickets for the FIFA Club World Cup UAE 2010 are on sale now. Fans are being urged to purchase their tickets early to ensure they see some of these clubs in action before the tournament returns to Japan in 2011-2012. Fans can buy their tickets from www.FIFA.com/uae2010 or through the Call Centre on 800 FLASH (800 35274) or +971 4 366 22 88 for international purchase. Fans can also buy tickets at Marina Mall. For the first time in the UAE, barcode technology and e-tickets will be used for a sports event, making it easy for fans to choose, pay for and print their tickets.