Mutassim Abdullah (Dubai)
The period of the 2022 World Cup finals, which starts in Qatar on Sunday, will see up to 90 official matches played in domestic competitions at first-team competition level, mainly at professional and amateur level. Second and third division, respectively, unlike competition games throughout the year.
And although the competition of the ADNOC Professional League was suspended at the end of the 10th round, awaiting the return to competition on the 19th and 20th of December, with the games of the 11th.
The Islamic Bank of Abu Dhabi Cup professional first round competitions will take place on Friday and Saturday, November 25th and 26th, along with the World Cup first round matches of Qatar and Al-Wahda. , Al-Dhafra and Ajman, Sharjah and Bani Yas, while Al-Ain, league and cup champions last season in 2021-2022, is not, along with Al-Ahly Youth, the “second champion” and direct qualification for the quarterfinals.
The “professional clubs”, together with the clubs of the “Primera Liga”, will hold the matches of the “32nd round” of the first round of the most expensive tournament, the “Presidents Cup”, on days 5, 6, 7 and 8 from December. , along with the final matches of the sixteenth round of the 2022 World Cup.
The first round of the most expensive tournament, which is initially played on a one-game knockout system, will feature 15 hotly anticipated matches, the biggest of which are Al-Wahda Summit and Al-Ahly Youth. With Sharjah, holder of the last edition of the 2021-2022 season, the guaranteed direct qualification for the round of 16 is waiting.
In turn, the first division of clubs, which has the participation of 17 clubs this season, plays 24 games in rounds 11, 12 and 13 of the 2022 World Cup, respectively. The next round of the championship, scheduled for the 19th and 20th of November, coincides with the start of the World Cup final. Scientist.
Clubs in the second division and third league play approximately 45 games during the World Cup, in the second league 20 games on the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th, and in the third league 25 games on the 6th, 7th and 8th. and 9
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Mohamed Al-Ajmani, former manager of League One teams Al-Daid and City, said the suspension of the competition could hurt participating clubs, although everyone agrees there is a lot of passion on the part of players and coaching staff after the World Cup. of the Cup. Like football’s biggest sporting event, which only happens once every four years.
He added that the current increase in the number of teams in the league, which reaches 17 teams, makes it difficult to suspend competitions during the World Cup period, and any suspension of competitions could undermine the club’s growing efficiency and make it more efficient. . 🇧🇷 It’s hard to retrain players as needed.”
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Badr Tabib, the current coach of Al-Taawon Club, who led his team to a crucial 2-1 victory over hosts Emirates in the Matchday 10 Derby, also saw the continuation of the league’s first competition. Playing the first round matches of the most expensive President’s Cup championship alongside the World Cup is considered a “big mistake”, he explained: “We had hoped to stop the competition, even for a while, then. Players and coaching staff will have the opportunity to follow the World Cup, especially with the possibility of watching the games at the host stadiums. He added that “unlike professional clubs who have the opportunity to train at different times, first-team clubs find it difficult to balance training and official matches in the post-World Cup period”. He noted that the opportunity was available. The Football Association and the Competitions Committee, despite calendar pressures, will temporarily postpone the championship, with the possibility of compressing the post-World Cup rounds, mainly with the improvement of weather conditions.
Source: Al Ittihad
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