Vital Football

UAE Superstar? Vital Pompey Investigates...

UAE Superstar?  Vital Pompey Investigates...
Who on earth could it be? And is this really a good idea? FanZone star and part-time Vital Pompey columnist Pete Alexander investigates...

Morning all. So, the good Doctor wants to bring some Emirati talent to the Prem does he? Before we all get worried about an influx of mismatched talent, let's just have a look at the possibilities. Using my expert knowledge of Middle East 'soccer' (and a little thing called the World Wide Web), I've narrowed my predictions to three potential stars. Here goes...

Potential target #1 - Ismail Matar

Pint-sized creative attacking midfielder (26 years old) who apparently won the Golden Ball award (player of the tournament) and the 2003 World Youth Championships. Great goalscoring record for UAE (17 in 60) and his one club to date, Al-Wahda (58 in 243). Sounds like a bit of a talisman, but has not played outside the UAE league yet. Also led his country to their first ever trophy - the 2007 Gulf Cup which was hosted in Abu Dhabi and was played by all of the Gulf nations - a half-decent, World Cup experienced team involved in Saudi Arabia, although UAE beat Oman in the final.

Likelihood rating - * * * (3 stars)

Potential target #2 - Ahmed Khalil

Recently called up to the national squad, Khalil seems to be something of a teenage prodigy. A 17 years old with an eye for goal, he finished top scorer at the Under 19s AFC Championships recently and has just been voted Asian Young Footballer of the Year 2008. Sky Sports have actually run their 'Youth Scout' process over him, so he's picked up a bit of profile in recent months. He's already reportedly had a trial with Chelski, so I'm sure there are a few eyes on him, but watch this space.

Likelihood rating - * * * * * (5 stars)

Potential target #3 - Saif Mohammed Al-Bishr

A pacy left winger (25) who is the second most expensive player in UAE history after a transfer in 2008 took him from Al Shaab to Al Ain. Bit of an outside bet, but a pretty high profile player in his homeland who is a regular with the national team, playing all of their World Cup Qualifiers to date.

Likelihood rating - * (1 stars)


I reckon Al Fahim has got his sights set on Ahmed Khalil, the rising star of UAE football and a kid who the national team reckon can put the country on the map. I ain't no soothsayer, but don't say you didn't hear it here first.

Thanks for listening. You've been a great audience.

Written by Pete Alexander AKA pedalo.

The views within this article are the views of the individual who wrote and submitted this piece, sometimes solely theirs. They are not necessarily shared by the Vital Pompey Site Journalists.

Join the Vital Pompey Debate

Date:Friday June 5 2009
Time: 11:51AM


Nice background info and I will take your word on it. Do we know what position Kahlil plays in?
05/06/2009 13:45:00
He's a striker
05/06/2009 13:58:00
Bit young to be cutting his teeth in the first team tho?
05/06/2009 14:32:00
Great report PA. Well how knows. Happy to trust the Doc & all his dosh. If the kid makes it fantastic, it won't take long to finf out & where's the harm in trying. I just hope he doesn't over interfere into who we sign & just trusts the managers judgement.
05/06/2009 14:40:00
I get the feeling he might do, you know. Double edged sword, this cash situation. If you want / need the bunce (which we clearly do), you might have to accept a liiiittle bit of interference.
05/06/2009 16:00:00
very intresting read, cnsidering I know nothing of football outside of europe. from the three you list, Ahmed Khalil does sound the most likely - there may be others out there though maybe? anyway, Dr AlF didn't actually mention first team, and I'm sure if maybe we played him in a few pre-season friendlies and some carling cup games that might be good enough... There are, however, plenty of merits of playing someone to increase your profile. just so long as they arn't THAT much worse than the rest of your team. (see Park for unitied)
05/06/2009 16:29:00
i think although it can be risky to have a meddling chairman ... if it is khalil .. then why not? its time for a change, we need good youngsters ... and were not exactly aloft with strikers ... lets have a dig!
05/06/2009 16:33:00
Good report Pedalo - a nice profiles. A big player has never come from this part of the world but no reason why they should not.
05/06/2009 17:12:00
Bring him on, the Dr is here for the future,& so could be Ahmed Khalil
05/06/2009 18:26:00
dont players from outside europe have to get a visa !?? and to get that have to play % of international games ?? how can we sign him if he hasnt?
05/06/2009 20:39:00
Page 1/2
  1. 1
  2. 2

Login to post a comment

Recent Portsmouth Articles

Double figure aim for Baker

Goals are in the game of Baker; we've seen this already as the midfielder has scored four for Pompey since his arrival from MK Dons in the summer. His aim is at least 10-goals.

On this day in history...27th October

A look back at this day in history, and what was happening with Pompey courtesy of our sister site PompeyRama, 27th October.

Match Day Officials v Cambridge (29/10/16)

The Football League have now announced the Match Day officials that will take charge of the game against Cambridge United this Saturday.

May loaned to Sutton

Adam May will spend the next month away from Pompey with non-league side Sutton as he looks to continue his development.

Archived Vital Pompey Articles

Vital Pompey articles from

Site Journalists

Editor email
Editor email
no email
no email

Current Poll (see more polls)

Notts County MotM
Suggested By: Site Staff
Sub - Naismith0%
Sub - Main0%
Sub - Lalkovic0%
ScoopDragon Publishing Entire League Network of Sites

League Table

# Team P W D L Pts. GD
1 Plymouth 14 10 2 2 32 12
2 Carlisle 14 7 7 0 28 10
3 Doncaster 14 8 2 4 26 8
4 Luton 14 6 5 3 23 9
5 Portsmouth 14 6 3 5 21 6
6 Notts County 14 6 3 5 21 1
7 Accrington 14 5 5 4 20 1
8 Grimsby 14 6 2 6 20 0
9 Crawley 14 5 5 4 20 -1
10 Morecambe 14 6 2 6 20 -6
11 Mansfield 14 4 7 3 19 1
12 Crewe 14 4 7 3 19 -1
13 Yeovil 14 6 1 7 19 -5
14 Blackpool 14 4 5 5 17 4
15 Colchester 14 4 5 5 17 -1
16 Cheltenham 14 3 7 4 16 -1
17 Hartlepool 14 3 7 4 16 -4
18 Barnet 14 3 7 4 16 -4
19 Cambridge 14 4 4 6 16 -5
20 Leyton Orient 14 4 3 7 15 -2
21 Wycombe 14 4 3 7 15 -5
22 Stevenage 13 4 2 7 14 -3
23 Exeter 14 4 1 9 13 -6
24 Newport 13 1 5 7 8 -8
Write for Vital Football
Latest F1 News
Latest Vital Boxing News
The Vital Football Members League

Recent Portsmouth Results (view all)

Portsmouth Fixtures (view all)

Oct 29 2016 3:00PM : Cambridge United (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 12 2016 3:00PM : Mansfield Town (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 19 2016 3:00PM : Cheltenham Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 22 2016 7:45PM : Luton Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two
Nov 26 2016 3:00PM : Stevenage (H)
Sky Bet League Two
Dec 10 2016 3:00PM : Grimsby Town (a)
Sky Bet League Two

Vital Members League Table

Vital Football Comment