On Sunday (11th) the Red Shorts jetted out to Dubai in the United Arab Emirates for a ten-day training camp, just 120 km from the country's capital Abu Dhabi, where they recuperated this time last season.
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Dubai has many grand hotels but there are few as plush as The Meydan, a five-star resort overlooking Dubai's famous racecourse and just a few minutes away from the city centre. If the players fancy some down time, there is also a rooftop infinity pool, golf course and tennis courts to keep them occupied.
The players will train at the highly modern Nad Al Sheba Sports Complex. "We’re looking forward to training for the second half of the season with such great facilities and with perfect weather conditions,“ said sporting director Dietmar Beiersdorfer. Set against the backdrop of Dubai's amazing views, the players have much to look forward to.
More goal threat needed
Josef Zinnbauer's side managed just nine goals - eight less than bottom club SC Freiburg - between Matchdays 1 and 17, and the Hamburg coach knows there is plenty of room for improvement. "We want to make sure we're stable defensively, but obviously our focus will be on improving our attack. Ultimately, it's about getting a team together that will play against Köln [on Matchday 18]."
Three friendly games have been lined up for Rafael van der Vaart and Co., all of which will represent a major test. Fellow Bundesliga side Eintracht Frankfurt are the opposition on 15 January, with Kazakh FC Astana on the agenda three days later. Hamburg will then play their final tour match against English champions Manchester City FC on 21 January, before returning home.