Saturday, January 03, 2009

Ronaldinho, Beckham, Maldini with AC Milan squad in Dubai

My kids are all excited to meet their football stars. The star studded AC Milan squad is here for a break and training sessions. On the 6th, AC Milan will be playing againts Hamburg FC for a Dubai Challenge match.
We went to Maktoom Stadium twice for autographs and photo taking opportunities.

Kaka was booed for refusing to meet the adoring fans, esp the kids who had waited for his autograph for few hours. He did meet the fans during earlier session though.

Ronaldinho , Beckham, Dida, Maldini, Shevchenko are of course very friendly and obliged. My kids had their autographs. Something for them to cheer and remember for a long time to come.
Personally, I am a great fan of Kaka, Ronaldinho, Beckham and Maldini and it was a great experience to see them in persons.
Other great players I would love to get their autographs are Ryan Giggs, Platini, Johan Cruyff, Franz Beckenbauer, Socrates, Rivelino, Zidane, Zico, Cafu, Muller, among others and of course, Pele and Maradona.


Abdul Halim has more photos here.

Beckham's star shines brightest


Dubai: A superb curling goal from Brazilian Kaka, a couple of breathtaking 'Bend it Like Beckham' crosses from the man himself, a string of errors followed by a display of some dribbling from Ronaldinho, a handful of goals from Andriy Shevchenko - not to speak of some classy defending from the veteran Paolo Maldini.
With these and other refined footballing maneuvres, AC Milan got their 10-day winter training camp under way at Al Nasr Club last night.
There was plenty in store for the 500-odd fans who had gathered to watch Milan train and Carlo Ancelotti's men did not disappoint. Milan began with a regular warm-up session and drill followed by a training match with Ancelotti and the crowd watching from the sidelines.
Beckham, in particular, had his every move scrutinised by his fans.
His deft passing, the way he fell back to retrieve a lost ball, his pinpoint accurate crosses from the wings; each and every move made by Milan's loan signing drew applause from the crowd, which seemed only too happy on being hyper-partisan.
Beckham knows only too well how to solicit a response from fans. There were times when he would simply trudge along the sidelines and get women, both young and old, swooning over his unique style.
Beckham made his best move at the end of last night's training session by ensuring he was the last one to leave the field.
His walk back to the tunnel was unhurried and it caused quite a racket in the stands, with people pushing and shoving to inch closer for a better first-hand look at the sport's first super star.
If one were to print a comic book in the footballing world, there is no doubt who the public would want to see as superhero. Only King David would do!
Asked by Gulf News to comment on his three-month-long loan spell from LA Galaxy, which starts with this training camp in Dubai, Beckham said he felt "good" about his new role.
Ukranian Shevchenko, who seems to be back to his striking best in AC Milan, said it felt "very good" to have left Chelsea and rejoined the club that made him one of the world's most feared marksmen.
These words sum up the positive sentiment brewing inside the AC Milan camp as they endeavour to become world beaters once again.

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