Al Ahli chairman Abdullah Al Naboodah has put the club at the forefront of the AGL's analytically-minded sides, enabling their performance analysts to feed the club the best information possible, writes John McAuley.
As the Arabian Gulf League gets back up and running tomorrow, John McAuley goes behind the scenes at Al Ahli to find out how Chris Loxston, the club’s head of performance analysis, and sports scientist Michael Lawson are using technology to help league leaders’ quest for titles. Photographs by Pawan Singh
A look at the people and tools supporting performance analysis at Al Ahli.
Al Wahda defender recalled for national team's trip to Uzbekistan in 2015 Asian Cup qualifier.
With Arabian Gulf Cup final on horizon, three points against Al Hilal will all but assure new UAE champions of last-16 berth
Wasl introduce Jorginho as their new coach, with the Brazilian immediately vowing to help restore the Dubai club to former glory, reports John McAuley.
Al Wasl have hired Jorginho, the Brazilian World Cup winner in 1994, as Hector Cuper's successor, The National's John McAuley has learned.
Al Ahli fans came out in numbers to watch their club clinch a sixth Arabian Gulf League crown with a little help from team captain Grafite and friends, writes John McAuley.
Al Shabab manager Marcos Paqueta wants his side to maintain its second position and says their late-season scoring woes are a phase that will pass, writes Ahmed Rizvi.
The Dubai club could lift all four trophies this season, the result of hiring the best players and coaches, starting with Fabio Cannavaro and Quique Sanchez Flores, writes Paul Oberjuerge.
Ahli require just one point to clinch a first UAE championship in five years. They should do that against Al Wasl on Thursday night, although the buoyant league leaders are urging caution, writes John McAuley.
League underwent several momentous changes during Smith's tenure
Tagliabue scores four as Al Wahda keep eyes set on Asian qualification
Ahmed Khalil and Grafite combined for two goals within three minutes to lead Al Ahli to a 2-1 victory over Al Wasl and with the win, the Dubai club clinches the league title after recording their 18th win of the season.
One point from four remaining matches will hand Al Ahli their first league title in five seasons
Al Ahli could take a firm hold on the Arabian Gulf League title trophy with victory at Al Jazira on Sunday night after their closest rivals Al Shabab on Saturday had a second consecutive defeat with a 2-1 loss at home to Al Wahda, writes Ahmed Rizvi.
Al Wahda move up to fifth place in table with 3-1 defeat of Al Wasl
Catalin Raducan, the Ahli assistant manager, saluted the efforts of his men, who have played four matches in the past 11 days and capped off their latest win in grand fashion, writes Ahmed Rizvi.
The Abu Dhabi club, managed by former Nasr manager Walter Zenga, wasted a couple of goalscoring chances in the second half at Al Maktoum Stadium, writes John McAuley.
Coach returns to club he once managed but feels no less competitive ahead of game on Thursday, writes John McAuley.
In less than five years, Oliveira scored 54 goals in 78 matches. That he has thus far failed to register a strike at Wasl has been particularly frustrating.
A first-half double by the Brazilian helped cushion a late fight back from the hosts, in the shadow of an excruciating court case over coach Olaroiu, who had to miss a hearing to focus on the game. Also Baniyas beat Emirates 2-1.