WATCH: Portugal and AC Milan star Rui Costa drops in to start Footlab at ISD Dubai Sports City

Just like in his performances for the Portuguese national team, midfielder Rui Costa once again showed perfect timing as he was ready to launch Footlab Dubai – a football experience and destination – in Dubai Sport City on the eve of the Euro kick-off 2020. The AC Milan hero and Euro 2004 runner-up with Portugal, Costa’s skills are still honored across Europe, and he had many fans on hand when he cut the ribbon to officially open Footlab in the ever-growing Inspiratus Sports District (ISD) . The world’s first indoor soccer, entertainment and showroom – think an amusement park, assault course and fitness center – has had an abundance of soccer fans of all ages surprised by the captivating experience and scope of Footlab, which is rubbing shoulders with some of the highly regarded football, athletics, tennis and fitness academies in the region. Then there was the guest of honor, founder of Footlab, Costa, who expressed his pride in making his vision a reality. “I am very happy to be here in Dubai, in a city that shares my love and passion for football. Dubai is the ideal place for our first international Footlab. Football is my life and Footlab reflects my vision to provide a unique football experience to all football fans, ‘said Costa, who won the Serie A and Champions League trophies with AC Milan during a trophy career, during the official Footlab launch. . The concept of Footlab is to improve the skills and fun of soccer players of all ages in the UAE with relentless action, latest technology, a focus on fitness and skill development.

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“We are all always improving and trying to achieve more and more,” Cosat added. “The beauty of Footlab is that you do not have to be a professional to enjoy and earn from the facilities here. It’s for all ages and talents. Our technology helps you keep track of your scores, times and importance how you improve over time to become a fitter and better athlete – all while having fun, challenging yourself or having fun with a group of friends to compare scores. ‘ Hussein Murad, managing director of Footlab Dubai, added: “This is Dubai’s new entertainment destination, where all football fans can play like professionals for the first time while having fun. Athletes will also be able to advance their key football skills, powered by world-unique technology and AI. We invite the entire community and soccer fans from across the United Arab Emirates and the region to the ultimate soccer experience at Footlab, where they can also host their next celebration and have fun. ” At one point during the event, Costa participated in a bit of foot volleyball with young athletes, and his skills let him down for once and he apologized to his teammates with a laugh as the kick went astray (see the video above). To be fair, his custom suit and shoes were not exactly football clothes. He will be hoping that his beloved Portugal will have their shooting boots on at Euro 2020, which starts on Friday. Footlab is now open at ISD in Dubai Sports City and is located on 2,000 square meters, with interactive zones for speed, skills, street football, football volleyball stations, target zones and a five-on-its-football field – providing real-time statistics and positions. It is open seven days a week, Sunday to Wednesday 10: 00-10: 00 and Thursday to Saturday 10: 00-1: 00.