Eric Cantona in Dubai

Former France and Manchester United star will be at Fifa World Beach Soccer World Cup

Former France and Manchester United star Eric Cantona is jetting into town to lead a French team in a series of friendly matches during the build-up for the 2009 Fifa World Beach Soccer World Cup.

Cantona is the coach of the national team and, barring some last-minute changes, is confirmed to be in Dubai late Sunday.

"Last week, Eric's wife delivered a baby, but when I spoke to him a couple of days back, he confirmed to us that he will come to Dubai with the team," said Joan Cusco, Member of the Fifa Futsal and Beach Soccer Committee.

After his retirement from football, Cantona got involved in promoting beach soccer and successfully led his team to the World Cup title in Brazil in 2005 when France beat Portugal in the final.

"For the moment, he has confirmed 100 per cent that he will be in Dubai on November 8," Cusco said.

France is scheduled to play friendly matches against Uzbekistan (November 9and the UAE (November 11) as a build-up for the 2009 Fifa Beach Soccer World Cup to be held at Umm Suqueim Beach in Jumeirah from November 16 to 22.

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