Mashreqbank sponsors Soccerex Football Festival 2006

Monday, 18 Sep 2006
Category: Entertainment
Countries: United Arab Emirates
Description: Football legends to have mall of a time.
A Soccerex First for Dubai, World Football and Mashreqbank After the stunning success of the first Soccerex Football Festival last year we are delighted to announce that the second will take place on Sunday November 26th the day before Soccerex with a very public appeal. For the first time in Dubai or to our knowledge, anywhere in the world legends from Manchester Utd, Asia and Liverpool will be playing a triangular 5 a side tournament, in a shopping mall – Mall of the Emirates! Add to that the generous title sponsorship of Mashreqbank and guaranteed worldwide television and media exposure and the Soccerex Football Festival presented by Mashreqbank will provide an exciting start to the 3 days of Soccerex 2006 – the 10th Anniversary. The legends will include players such as Bryan Robson, Bruce Grobbelar, Phil Thompson, Gary Bailey, Ali Daei, Adnan Talyani and Jan Molby… Music, coaching for kids and a whole host of other spectacles will make the day a real football fiesta. In this our 10th year and 5th in Dubai Soccerex are proud to confirm that the conference programme will be kicked off by FIFA President Sepp Blatter who as well as opening proceedings will be presented that evening with a special lifetime achievement Soccerex Merit Award at the gala dinner on the beach, both on Monday November 27th. Also to mark his retirement after decades of service to UAE football and sport in general a Soccerex Merit award will also be presented to a regular supporter of, Soccerex H.E. Sultan Al Sawidi. To mark his retirement from the game Alan Shearer probably one of the best centre forwards of all time will also receive a Soccerex Merit award. To give some idea of the major names attending the 10th Anniversary of Soccerex please see attached a small selection of the 3,000 senior decision makers who have confirmed their attendance including major figures from each of the six football confederations. Also a list of confirmed clubs, federations and sponsors. The exhibition is virtually sold out with just a handful of stands remaining two of our latest participants are the Aspire Academy from Doha and the home club of our gracious patron HH Sheikh Hamdan Bin Mohammed Bin Rashid Al Maktoum – Al Ahli. As FIFA President Blatter comments “When football meets the economy and football meets the media, then it is Soccerex.” We thank our sponsors Mashreq Bank, the largest private bank in UAE, for sponsoring the Football Festival. In addition, we are also grateful to ASPIRE, the Doha based academy for Sports Excellence; and Mattex, the world leader in the latest generation of artificial grass fiber for football and landscaping, for their association with Soccerex 2006.