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57 World Cup Players who visited Aspire

Aspire Zone has been the ultimate destination of many players, international football clubs and national teams, for its world-class facilities.

With a FIFA accredited hospital Aspetar, which treats a lot of A-listed football players, including from World Cup 2014 host, Brazil’s Hulk, Ivory Coast stars Didier Drogba, Yaya Toure and many other great player as part of Aspetar’s medical care to Algeria and Ivory Coast

Along side Aspetar, comes the world-class sports academy, Aspire Academy for Sports Excellence, which was opened by football legends Maradona and Pele. Aspire Academy gets hundreds of visits every year from international players and teams, to see the future stars and the biggest multi-purpose sports dome in the world.

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Big teams played in Aspire Zone’s Khalifa International Stadium. From the host Brazil in a Friendly Classico against their Argentina in 2010. And to the 2010 Champions Spain in a game against Uruguay in a friendly match in 2013.

The list of international clubs is bigger, as it includes Europe Champions Real Madrid, French League Champion Paris Saint-German, German League Champion Bayern Munich, along side Schalke from the same league, and Manchester United from England.

57 players in total, and they divided as follows:

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10 players representing 5 countries

  • Maxwell and Thiago Silva - Brazil
  • Edinson Cavani - Uruguay
  • Salvatore Sirgu, Thiago Motta and Marco Verratti - Italy
  • Lucas Digne, Yohan Cabaye and Blaise Matuidi - France
  • Ezequiel Lavezzi - Argentina

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12 players representing 7 countries

  • Sergio Ramos, Iker Casillas and Xabi Alonso– Spain
  • Luka Modric – Croatia
  • Karim Benzema and Raphaël Varane - France
  • Marcelo Vieira - Brazil
  • Ángel di María – Argentina
  • Fábio Coentrão, Cristiano Ronaldo and Pepe - Portugal
  • Sami Khedira -Germany

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14 Players representing 9 countries

  • Marouane Fellaini and Adnan Januzaj – Belgium
  • Antonio Valencia – Ecuador
  • Phil Jones, Chris Smalling, Danny Welbeck and Wayne Rooney – England
  • Patrice Evra – France
  • Shinji Kagawa – Japan
  • Javier Hernandez – Mexico
  • Robin Van Persie – Netherlands
  • Nani – Portugal
  • Juan Mata and David de Gea – Spain

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14 players representing 8 countries

  • Philipp Lahm, Bastian Schweinsteiger, Manuel Neuer, Thomas Muller, Toni Kroos, Mario Goetze and Jerome Boateng. - Germany
  • Dante – Brazil
  • Daniel van Buyten – Belgium
  • Xherdan Shaqiri – Switzerland
  • Arjen Robben – Netherlands
  • Javi Martinez – Spain
  • Mario Mandzukic – Croatia
  • Julian Green - USA

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7 players representing 6 countries

  • Benedikt Höwedes, Julian Draxler – Germany
  • Kevin-Prince Boateng – Ghana
  • Klaas-Jan Huntelaar – Holland
  • Sead Kolasinac - Bosnia-Herzegovina
  • Joel Matip – Cameroon
  • Atsuto Uchida – Japan

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