x Abu Dhabi, UAEWednesday 26 July 2017

Pro League team-by-team: Dubai, Kalba, Sharjah

Kalba, located in an enclave of Sharjah north of the Oman border on the Indian Ocean, earned promotion after six years of trying.

Coach Ayman al Ramadi (Egypt) Last title (total) None 2009/10 record Promoted from Division One Summary Last played in the top division in 2004/05, and have gained a reputation as a yo-yo club, moving up and down. Their primary ambition will be to avoid relegation again. Al Ramadi has enough experience in the UAE, having had spells with Sharjah, Ajman and Al Dhafra. Like any newly promoted club it may take Dubai a little while to adapt fully to the Pro League, but they are capable of giving a good account of themselves this season. Mid-table may be possible, but al Ramadi will arguably be content with simply ensuring their Pro League status for the 2011/12 season.

Coach Ednaldo Patricio (Brazil) Last title (total) None 2009/10 record Promoted after winning Division One Summary The club, located in an enclave of Sharjah north of the Oman border on the Indian Ocean, earned promotion after six years of trying and their main objective will be looking to stay in the Pro League. Patricio has gone on record as saying that he has a youthful side with the hunger to win. They are a team that the bigger clubs will have to be careful of playing. They averaged more than two goals a game last season and they will need to keep that potency in front of goal if they are to be competitive. With a bit of luck they could spring a surprise or two.

Coach Manuel Cajuda (Portugal) Last title (total) 1996 (5) 2009/10 record 7-7-8 Key additions Marcelo Oliveira Silva, forward (Asteras Tripolis), Mohammed Surour, forward (Al Jazira) Departed None Summary Cajuda has rebuilt a side that were on the brink of relegation in 2008/09. They are a club used to success having won the President's Cup eight times and the league championship on five occasions. Marcelinho, the striker, will be joined by Surour, who spent last season with Al Jazira. A top six finish is a realistic target for Cajuda's troops.