Al Jazira name Jurgen Streppel as first-team football coach

Sunday 16th of Jun 2019 12:00:00 AM
 Abu Dhabi, 16 June 2019:
Al Jazira Club have appointed Jurgen Streppel as their new first-team football coach after reaching an agreement with the Dutchman to take over for the new season.
The 49-year-old will officially start his new role next month when he meets the players for the first time in Abu Dhabi before the squad travels to the Netherlands for a three-week summer training camp ahead of the new campaign.
Streppel brings a lot of experience to Al Jazira having been in the game for nearly three decades. His playing career has saw him represent RKC Waalwijk and Helmond Sport in his homeland before taking up coaching following his retirement in 2005.
Among the clubs he has managed are Willem II and Heerenveen and Cypriot outfit Anorthosis Famagusta FC. Streppel has a strong pedigree of nurturing young players having worked with rising star and new Barcelona signing Frenkie De Jong and Norwegian young talented attacker Martin Odegaard, who recently completed a loan at Vitesse from Spanish giants Real Madrid.
Speaking on the appointment, Ayed Mabkhout Al Hajeri, CEO of Al Jazira Football Company, said: “We decided to continue relying on the Dutch football school because we wanted to strengthen the technical stability of the team. The Dutch philosophy proved during the last a few years that it suits our players in the first team and also in the academy. It has also proved to be successful as we have seen how our team performance has developed noticeably, and that more players from Al Jazira were joining the UAE national teams.
“Streppel has all the qualities  it takes to manage the first team during the next season and we are confident that he can help our players to be better, inside and outside the field. He can provide the necessary additions to our football project. 
“We will give all the support he needs and we are confident that our fans will also do the same. We wish him and his staff all the best.”
Al Jazira Club was founded in 1974 following a merger between Al Khalidiyah Club and Al Bateen Club. Nicknamed as The Pride of Abu Dhabi, Al Jazira play their domestic and AFC Champions League matches at the 38,000-seater Mohammed bin Zayed Stadium and is among the best clubs in the UAE. 1995 FIFA World Player of the Year George Weah is among the high-profile footballers to have played for Al Jazira, whose squad boasts talented UAE and foreign players. Al Jazira is well known for supporting the home-grown talents, and the club has the best football academy in the country; one of the academy top graduates is Ali Mabkhout, the historical goal scorer of Al Jazira, and the top scorer of the Asian Cup 2015.
Al Jazira Club has a rich and successful history, winning the Federation Cup in 2006, The Gulf Clubs Championship in 2007, as well as the Etisalat Cup in 2009-2010.  Al Jazira also clinched the Arabian Gulf League in 2011 and repeated the feat in 2017. Their three President’s Cup successes were achieved in 2011, 2012 and 2016, while they also finished fourth in the 2017 FIFA Club World Cup. 
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