7 Days in Dubai - - SPORT -

For­mer Real Madrid and Spain de­fender Michel Sal­gado is greatly im­pressed with the qual­ity of foot­balling tal­ent in the UAE. How­ever, the duFC pro­gramme di­rec­tor feels that the life­style in the UAE is far too easy and of­ten makes the young­sters lose mo­ti­va­tion in pur­su­ing their dreams. He said: “It is very chal­leng­ing in this coun­try be­cause the life­style is so easy, I would never miss a game for any­thing. No chance. Birth­day party or hol­i­days or any­thing, here they [the kids] get busy with PlayS­ta­tion and so­cial me­dia.” Sal­gado felt there was “a lack of be­lief and pas­sion” among the kids and his main aim with his own Span­ish Soc­cer School is to get the kids to be­lieve that they can achieve their dreams. He said: “That is some­thing that we are miss­ing a lit­tle bit in here, but I talk to kids in my academy about the im­por­tance of com­mit­ment. The psy­cho­log­i­cal as­pect is very im­por­tant.”

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