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Team Dubai says Hola to La Liga

There is a Neuvo team name in La Liga next season. Yesterday in the Athuraya Hall, which is situated on the 27th floor in the Burj al Arab, the Royal Emirates Group (REG) unveiled their latest signing.
Getafe, one of the lesser known Spanish La Liga team outfits was the chosen European team for the Dubai based group to take a full 100% ownership of.

The group admitted they had a choice of 2-3 other La Liga teams and they were happy with their final decision which gives them naming rights and now the club will be renamed to Team Dubai but the logo and emblem will stay the same.



Photo: The officials in the press conference yesterday


The price that was paid for Team Dubai was between 70-90 Million Euros with the majority of the payment up front with the remaining amounts in later installments. On being questioned the REG said that the club was debt free and are aiming to take the club into the top 6 next season. They did not rule out taking Arab based players over to Spain to get them involved with a higher level of football. Dr. Kaiser Rafiq was also stating the intent to bring in new players in the summer with targets in place from all over Europe, exciting times for the Team Dubai players, fans and staff alike.


It did seem a strange choice from a large European pool of potential teams, so there must be some more business ties that are yet to be uncovered between the Club Getafe and the Country of Spain.

When you think of the amount paid, there are a few names in the EPL and lower league clubs that immediately spring to mind, some of which are established and are just waiting for a little push as brighter times are only around the corner.


Me and another reporter next to me had a little discussion about other potential candidates in the UK that the money paid for Getafe could have retained, they included:


Cardiff – A sleeping on town giant who could move into the millennium stadium if they reached the premiership Would not know the practicalities or cost, so scope for growth is there with a loyal fan base hungry for success.


Everton – Although with their main rivals Liverpool, Everton have huge potential if the right buyer came along as the owners currently are steady to say the least.


Leeds – Another 1 team city main club town club that has a big loyal following and should be in the premiership after a period of instability.


Westham – Although taken over recently, will all the potential troubles looming would a take over be something considered? They are also moving to a new stadium after the olympics in a year, so scope for growth is there with a loyal fan base.



Photo: The Royal Emirates Group board and club officials in the press conference yesterday


Team Dubai who last season finished 6th are 6 points away from relegation at the moment with some tough away games to come. Interesting times indeed in La Liga with now 3 teams being owned by people from this region. It seems like there is a thirst for involvement in one of the most popular leagues in the world.

Dubai Sports Council Receives Getafe Club Delegation

As part of Dubai Sports Council's permanent efforts to open channels of contact with international sports corporations & clubs, the Council received Monday 27th June 2011 the delegation members of Getafe Club from Spain.


Getafe Club is decided to join the next edition of the Spanish League with a new name "Getafe – Team Dubai ", as the Emirates Royal Group has bought most shares of the Club.

Getafe Dubai

Dr. Ahmed Al-Sharif the Secretary General of DSC held a meeting with the delegation's members in the presence of several Directors of the Council's departments. The meeting tackled means of cooperation & dealt with methods to be followed to exchange scientific & practical experiences aiming to promote the sports sector of Dubai.


Getafe Club's delegation was headed by Mr. Angel Torres the Club's President. The delegation was also joined by Mr. Sulaiman Al-Batti the Projects ' Director in the Emirates Royal Group / Mr. Qaysar Rafiq the Partner & Delegate Member in the Emirates Royal Group along with several official persons of the Club.


Dr. Ahmed Al-Sharif presented a synopsis on DSC and explained the Council's strategic plan 2011-2015. He confirmed that the Council is keen to boost relations with Getafe Club during the upcoming period to develop the football level in Dubai, particularly in the juniors' sector. He added that both parties may organize workshops to seek advanced means for managing professional clubs, taking into consideration that the method followed by Spain to manage clubs is a world pioneer model.


Mr. Torres explained methods followed to manage Getafe Club / made a brief on the most important points of the Club's sports & trading strategies for the next season. He referred that the first team of the Club is planning to visit Dubai during the upcoming period to play several friendly matches. He also revealed that they may host several juniors to get training sessions in Getafe Academy, which is currently joined by more than 1500 players.


The meeting made enlightenment on Dubai clubs which are affiliated DSC and made a brief on the sports activities, practiced in the aforementioned clubs. The meeting also focused on the achievements attained by Dubai clubs, including the several titles gained during the last decades particularly in football field.


The meeting dealt with activities & events organized by the Council; the most important of which are: Hamdan Bin Mohammed Football Championship / Dubai International Sports Conference, held successfully five times with massive local, Arabian & international participations.






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