Mansour bin Zayed Cup .. a community football tournament that achieves its goals

Last Wednesday, the Mansour bin Zayed Football Cup 2022, hosted by the Emirates Palace Stadiums, closed from April 4-20, after being halted for the past two years due to the Corona pandemic, and the ninth edition was marked by power and excitement. in all its administrative and technical details and the level of great care and marketing.

The tournament, which is held every year during the holy month of Ramadan, is organized under the auspices of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, with the participation of 8 teams divided into two groups is, increasing the number of players in each team’s list by 7 + 1 players, plus a goalkeeper. The goal after it was first transferred to the external stadiums of the Emirates Palace in Abu Dhabi.

The beginning and the goal

The tournament was first launched in its first issue in July 2012 under the generous protection of His Highness Sheikh Mansour bin Zayed Al Nahyan, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Presidential Affairs, and since that date the sun has not been on the Ramadan sports scene until 2020 and 2021 due to the Corona virus pandemic.

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The organizing committee of the Mansour bin Zayed Soccer Cup seeks to strengthen social responsibility, consolidate ties and strengthen cohesion among members of society in general and among employees of the institutions of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs in particular.

cup tent

The Mansour bin Zayed Cup tournament was held inside the sports dome at the Emirates Palace Hotel, with teams of 6 + 1 with six players in addition to a goalkeeper. The number of participating teams varied between 10 and 8. The teams were divided into two. groups to compete in one league, and two teams from each group qualified to play The semifinals with the scissors system, the first of the first group with the second of the second group, of which the first with the second of the first, so that the two winners qualify for the final.

memorable tournament

The eighth edition of the Mansour bin Zayed Football Cup 2019 is characterized by its amazing and inspiring title, the “Tolerance Championship” which coincides with the “Year of Tolerance” launched at the time by the UAE leadership to highlight the value of tolerance among members to increase society.

In the 2019 edition, 10 teams participated, and the team of the Office of the Secretary-General won the title of the Tolerance Championship and remained its holder during the following two years 2020 and 2021, in which the championship was absent from the scene due to the repercussions of the Corona pandemic, but the title holder climbed off his horse in the semi-finals of the ninth edition that concluded last Wednesday. last.

Sponsorship and Marketing

The number of marketing sponsors who competed to sponsor the tournament from the very beginning and attracted big sponsors in 2022, where the sponsors in the tournament find what they want from a marketing standpoint because it has a remarkable media presence and a public see presence. .

The ninth edition of the Mansour bin Zayed Football Cup was sponsored by Etisalat Group “Golden Sponsor”, Emirates Palace “Silver Sponsor of the Tournament” and Royal Jet “Silver Sponsor”.

2022 version

The badge for the start of the 2022 issue was introduced by Rashid Saeed Al-Amiri, Deputy Secretary of the Government Affairs Sector, Chairman of the Organizing Committee, Director of the Office of the Executive Minister of Presidential Affairs Sultan Dhahi Al-Hamiri, Vice-President of the Emirates Football Association, President of the UAE Professional League Abdullah Nasser Al-Junaibi, and Secretary General of the Emirates Football Association Mohammed Abdullah Hazam Al Dhaheri, and the attendance of a number of community and sports figures in the country.

Eight teams took part in the ninth edition of the Mansour bin Zayed Cup: the Secretary-General’s Office, Scholarship Office, Emirates National Schools, Emirates News Agency “WAM”, Justice Department, National Archives and Library, Abu Dhabi Agricultural and Food Safety Authority , a Golf City Club.

Majed Salem Al-Khalasi, a member of the tournament’s technical committee, revealed that the number of players increased to 8 players, 7 players plus the goalkeeper with 5 reserve players.

Al-Khalasi said: “The ninth edition of the tournament will be held in the group stage by dividing the participating teams into two groups with matches from one round. Two teams from each group qualify directly after the semi-finals, where the knockout round is eliminated. “and the teams are allowed to recruit 5 foreign professionals. This is all a development in the tournament.”

He added, “The matches are managed by referees accredited by the Emirates Football Association, and prizes are awarded to the first, second and third place holders, the best player, the best goalkeeper, the tournament’s top scorer and the best driver. “

Coronation and honor

The Secretary-General of the Ministry of Presidential Affairs, Ahmed Mohammed Al-Hameiri, crowned the Emirates National Schools team with the title of the ninth edition of the Mansour bin Zayed Soccer Cup, through the last match over the Bursary Office with a winning penalty kick shoots out 5-4, after a negative draw that dominated the game in its original and extra time.

The organizing committee honored the official sponsors of the ninth edition, which is the gold sponsor Etisalat Group, and the two silver sponsors, Royal Jet, and Emirates Palace Hotel.

Emirates News Agency representative WAM Ali Al-Zohari won the award for best administrator in the tournament, and Ahmed El-Sherbiny, a player from the Emirates National Schools, won the award for best goalkeeper to clean to keep. The Secretary General’s Office player, Youssef Akyoud, won the tournament’s top scorer award by scoring 8 goals. And the Bursary Office player, Zakaria Akreran, won the best player award in the tournament.

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