Abdul Latif Jameel to host Real Madrid Youth camp in Jeddah

Updated 28 December 2012
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Abdul Latif Jameel to host Real Madrid Youth camp in Jeddah

In one of the most exciting sports programs ever to be held in Saudi Arabia, Abdul Latif Jameel Co. will be hosting a Real Madrid Youth Camp in Jeddah for two weeks from Jan. 16 to 31 2013. Currently, a two-week selection process is underway to choose 160 participants from boys and youths in the age group 7 to 16 years.
“Every year the Real Madrid Foundation organizes a youth camp in a different city around the world and we are thrilled that for 2013 Abdul Latif Jameel has been chosen to host the event in Jeddah,” said Eng. Adel Ezzat, managing director of marketing at Abdul Latif Jameel (ALJ).
“Real Madrid doesn’t just play football, they inspire, and we consider it a great honor to partner with one of the world’s greatest football clubs to provide the children and youth of Saudi Arabia with this once-in-a lifetime opportunity to enhance their football skills with training by Real Madrid’s internationally renowned experts.” Joaquin Sagues, General Manager of Real Madrid Foundation said, “We know that football is the most popular sport in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia and it is our great pleasure to bring our annual youth camp to the beautiful city of Jeddah where Real Madrid has many thousands of fans — or Madristas, as we call them.”
“Joaquin Sagues went on to say, It is always a joy to see the enthusiasm of young hopefuls as they hone and practice their skills under the watchful eyes of our professional trainers and, of course, we shall be on the lookout for any kid who shows outstanding talent to become a Real Madrid star of the future.”
Real Madrid Youth Camp football training activities include individual and collective technical and tactical skills applied to different field zones, and an intramural football tournament. Founded 110 years ago in 1902, Real Madrid Club de Fútbol has won a record 32 La Liga titles, 18 Copas del Rey, 9 Supercopas de España, 1 Copa Eva Duarte and 1 Copa de la Liga. Internationally, it has won a record nine European Cup/UEFA Champions League titles and a joint record three Intercontinental Cups, as well as two UEFA Cups and one UEFA Super Cup.
As a socially responsible corporate citizen of Saudi Arabia, Abdul Latif Jameel is committed to being a proactive member of the community and believes in supporting the Kingdom’s youth through initiatives that develop their talents and challenge their ambitions to excel in their chosen field. Going back more than half a century, the legendary partnership between Toyota Motor Corporation and Abdul Latif Jameel Company (ALJ) has grown into one of the most important Toyota dealerships in the world. Backed by a policy of the customer comes first, ALJ’s stewardship of Toyota brands in Saudi Arabia is supported by a kingdom-wide sales and service network that has renowned its commitment to excellence at every level.


Saudi Arabia out to make Kingdom 'proud' and repay faith of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

Updated 23 May 2018
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Saudi Arabia out to make Kingdom 'proud' and repay faith of Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman

  • Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side are in Zurich on a three-week training camp
  • SAFF have left no stone turned in preparing the team for their first appearance at the finals since 2006

RIYADH: The president of the Saudi Arabian Football Federation (SAFF) acknowledges there will be added scrutiny on the Green Falcons when they kick off this summer’s World Cup against hosts Russia in the opening game, but is confident the players can overcome any first-night nerves and rise to the challenge.
Juan Antonio Pizzi’s side are in Zurich on a three-week training camp as they start to fine-tune preparations ahead of the first game on June 14. The Argentine coach has taken 28 players with him, but must whittle the squad down to 23 by June 4.
SAFF have left no stone turned in preparing the team for their first appearance at the finals since 2006, sanctioning five training camps and arranging nine friendlies, several against high-profile opposition. Their final three games are against sides with top 20 FIFA’s rankings, a deliberate strategy to ensure they are not undercooked heading into Group A games against Russia, Uruguay and Egypt.
“We are at a critical stage of our preparations, one that needs concentration and discipline, especially as we face three strong teams in Italy, Peru and Germany,” said president Adel Ezzat in a video on the federation’s Twitter account. “Our objective is to be on form by June 14 when the eyes of the world will be on us in the opening match. We have a bright history in the World Cup and Asian Cup, so it’s our duty to live up to that reputation. I would like to address all Saudi fans, whether they will be watching the games on TV or from the stadiums in Russia: They should pray for the players. The players are our brothers and sons, and we should all love our Saudi national team. I urge the fans and the media to be united around the national team.”
Ezzat said the players have been energised and inspired by a meeting with Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman before they left for Switzerland. The crown prince demonstrated his commitment to the game in the Kingdom by this week vowing to cover all external debts totalling SR1.277 billion (around $340 million) owed by Saudi Pro League clubs.
“We are optimistic after the historic meeting between the players, staff and Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman,” said Ezzat. “The meeting set the tone for the final stage of preparations, and the players are up for the challenge of meeting His Highness’ expectations.
“We are grateful for Prince Mohammed for his constant support and generosity toward Saudi football, be it the national team, clubs or the league. It’s our duty to repay the faith of our leaders. This is something that drives us forward and I’m fully confident in the players’ ability to do us proud in Russia.”