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UAE hope Europe training will give 2018 World Cup qualifying boost

UAE hope Europe training will give 2018 World Cup qualifying boost
From ESPN - August 12, 2017

United Arab Emirates head coach Edgardo Bauza will be forced to select his squad for the final two qualifying matches for Russia 2018 only after watching his players' performances at their club training camps in Europe.

With temperatures in the Gulf well above 40 degrees C, clubs will prepare for the new domestic league season in northern Europe. The Argentine will travel to watch his national players go through their paces.

The U.A.E. meet Saudi Arabia on Aug. 29 before their final qualifying match takes place in Tehran on Sep. 5 against Iraq. The Gulf side need to win both matches to harbour any hope of keeping alive the country's dream of a first World Cup appearance in 28 years.

Bauza's team are in fourth place in Group B, which is led by Japan in a three-way fight with Australia and Saudi Arabia for the two automatic berths in the draw for the finals later this year.

The U.A.E. need to win both of their remaining matches, and hope for a massive goal-difference swing and other results going their way, to have any chance of securing even a berth in the playoffs.

Bauza will travel to the Netherlands to see champions Al Jazira and newly formed Shabab Al Ahli Dubai in action, while also running the rule of the players from Al Nasr at their base in Hungary.

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