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In Pictures: Soccer Feed 2012

As Maradona comes back to Dubai as the Emirate’s newly appointed Honorary Sports Ambassador after being sacked as a coach by the UAE’s Al Wasl in July, Kipp takes you through this year’s most important football news thus far.

September 4, 2012 4:00 by

  • The Argentinean Football legend, Diego Maradona, who was axed as a coach of UAE’s Al Wasl soccer club early in July, has made a stronger comeback as the new Honorary Sports Ambassador for Dubai to further develop the sport in the country.


  • Former president of the Asian Football Confederation, Mohamed Bin Hammam was handed a lifetime ban from football last year after being found guilty of bribery by a FIFA ethics committee panel during his campaign for the presidency of the sport’s world governing body. Bin Mohamed has vowed to clear his name, after FIFA opened a new investigation less than a month after the Qatari’s life ban for bribery was lifted by CAS.

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  • UAE’s Football star Omar Abdulrahman turned down Manchester City’s offer, to move to London, to remain at Al Ain.

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  • FC Barcelona’s agreement with the Qatar Foundation in late 2010 became the first commercial shirt sponsorship deal in the club's history, with a reported worth of $40m per season, which contributed to the club’s growth through 2011/2012 annual revenue

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  • Mexico won their first Olympics gold in Men’s Football on 11 August 2012. Oribe Peralta did his job and his team proud in winning their first Olympic gold. Also, Peralta's goal was the fastest goal in Olympic football final history.

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  • This year, Lucas Moura became the highest paid football player for his transfer from Sao Paulo to Qatari-owned Paris Saint-Germain for a whopping £35 million, two weeks ago.


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