Mahdi Ali

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Mahdi Ali
Personal information
Full name Mahdi Ali Hassan Redha
Date of birth (1965-04-20) 20 April 1965 (age 49)
Place of birth United Arab Emirates
Playing position Midfielder
Club information
Current team
United Arab Emirates (manager)
Youth career
1973–1983 Al Ahli
Senior career*
Years Team Apps (Gls)
1983–1998 Al Ahli
National team
1985–1990 United Arab Emirates
Teams managed
2003 United Arab Emirates U16 (assistant)
2008 United Arab Emirates U19
2009–2010 Al Ahli
2009 United Arab Emirates U20
2011 Baniyas (caretaker)
2010–2012 United Arab Emirates U23
2012– United Arab Emirates
* Senior club appearances and goals counted for the domestic league only.
† Appearances (Goals).

Mahdi Ali Hassan Redha (born 20 April 1965) is a retired Emirati footballer and current manager. He is currently in charge of the United Arab Emirates national football team. During 2011 and 2012 he led the United Arab Emirates (UAE) in qualifying for the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. It was the nation's very first appearance.[1]

After his playing days, Ali attended the HCT – Dubai Men's College where he graduated as an electrical engineer and later assisted in the design of the Dubai Metro.[2] Ali returned to football after that and has previously coached several United Arab Emirates national football teams at various age-levels.[3] He has also managed some top-level clubs in his native country.

On 15 August 2012 the UAE Olympic head coach Mahdi Ali has been promotion to new manager of the UAE national team.[4] He became the fourth non-foreign manager of the national team after replacing Abdullah Masfar. Under his management, the UAE played so well as they finished first in the 2015 AFC Asian Cup qualification and gained the second Gulf Cup of Nations title in 2013, after the first one of Bruno Metsu.

Honours[edit]

Al Ahli

United Arab Emirates U-19

United Arab Emirates U-23

United Arab Emirates

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Japan and UAE reach London". Fédération Internationale de Football Association (fifa.com). 14 March 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  2. ^ "Mahdi Ali: Player, bureaucrat, engineer, now coach". The National (thenational.ae). 9 June 2011. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  3. ^ "Vision of Mahdi Ali drives Olympic movement of UAE". The National (thenational.ae). 24 April 2012. Retrieved 2 May 2012. 
  4. ^ http://www.khaleejtimes.com/sport/inside_sport.asp?xfile=/data/nationsports/2012/August/nationsports_August78.xml&section=nationsports

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