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This week Spanish football legend Xavi Hernandez said farewell to the game as a player, ending his first chapter with Qatar's Al-Sadd.

With football seasons in the Middle East coming to a close, there have been some unpredictable ends to league battles.

Flamenco in Qatar: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Flamenco in Qatar: This week in Middle East football

Qatar has announced that Felix Sanchez will extend his contract until the 2022 World Cup in the country.

Spain in Saudi: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Spain in Saudi: This week in Middle East football

Troubles are afoot in one of Saudi Arabia's establishment clubs, Al-Hilal, while Spain's Super Cup could be heading to the kingdom.

Footballers join Sudan's anti-Bashir protests

Uri Levy

Footballers join Sudan's anti-Bashir protests

Sudanese football players are supporting the tens of thousands of protesters confronting the regime's security forces.

Uri Levy

Lebanese football team refuses to play in Palestine

Lebanon's Nejmeh refused to enter the occupied West Bank, forfeiting its match to Hilal al-Quds, as derbies played out across the region.

Jalal Bounouar

The Arab world's new wave of football academies

Analysis: Developing football in the Arab world requires investment and patience to stop talent leaving for European leagues, notes Jalal ...

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar's beIN launching action against AFC​ over 'Saudi piracy'

Qatari broadcaster beIN Sports on Tuesday threatened legal action against the Asian Football Confederation, alleging the governing body ...

Uri Levy

Even Algerian football fans protested against Bouteflika

Across Algeria, fans showed the football community cannot remain indifferent to politics and social events, chanting against Bouteflika's ...

Zarif resignation: Another demonstration of Iranian footballers' political power?

Uri Levy

Zarif resignation: Another demonstration of Iranian footballers' political power?

Javad Zarif came under attack earlier this month, after Esteghlal Tehran's right-back and Iranian national team defender Voria Ghafouri took to ...

Uri Levy

Iranian rivalry erupts: This week in Middle East football

As many as 100,000 fans crowded into the Tabriz stadium to enjoy one of the biggest derbies of Iran's league, reports Uri Levy.

Palestinian <em>champions</em> book their place in AFC Cup

Uri Levy

Palestinian champions book their place in AFC Cup

Al-Hilal, Jerusalem's Lions, now face opposition from Syrian, Lebanese and Jordanian giants.

FIFA backs Qatar in $1bn complaint against Saudi-linked piracy

The New Arab

FIFA backs Qatar in $1bn complaint against Saudi-linked piracy

Qatar has complained that a Saudi-linked illegal channel has been using BeIN's live sports broadcasts.

<em>Asian</em> Cup 2019: Iran see off Oman

Uri Levy

Asian Cup 2019: Iran see off Oman

Iran will now face China in the quarter-finals of the Asian Cup 2019.

Asia Cup 2019: Middle East teams hopeful for victory

Uri Levy

Asia Cup 2019: Middle East teams hopeful for victory

Twelve nations from the Middle East will compete in the Asian Cup 2019 tournament in the UAE, which kicks off this weekend.

Uri Levy

UAE superclub Al-Ain shock at football's Club World Cup

The Emirati champions have been on a winning streak at the world's top club tournament, reports Uri Levy.

Uri Levy

Middle East Football: Bounedjah makes it to the top

It's not every season a Middle Eastern player grabs top spot in the worldwide scorers' chart, but in the past weekend, Al-Sadd’s Algerian ...

Uri Levy

Ending the silverware drought: This week's Middle East football

As Sharjah FC continues to chase their first trophy since 2003, Saudi side Ittihad Jeddah continues to disappoint fans despite a multi-million ...

The New Arab

Qatar star Abdelkarim Hassan wins Asian footballer award

Qatar Defender Abdelkarim Hassan has won the AFC footballer of the year award.

Tunisians triumphant in African <em>Champions</em> <em>League</em> final

Uri Levy

Tunisians triumphant in African Champions League final

In Iran, meanwhile, hundreds of women fans were allowed into the stadium for the Asian Champions League final.

The New Arab & agencies

FIFA to meet Iranian women fighting stadium ban

Thousands of people have signed a petition to watch the first Asian Champions League final in Iran for 11 years.

<em>Champions</em> Leagues finals: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Champions Leagues finals: This week in Middle East football

Al-Ahly Cairo hold a strong advantage over Esperance de Tunis heading into the final leg, while Persepolis will be hoping their Iranian fans ...

Iraq's double triumph: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Iraq's double triumph: This week in Middle East football

For the first time in almost 30 years, Iraq hosted the AFC Cup final, and topped it off with a well-earned win.

Persepolis emerge victorious in Middle East football clash

Uri Levy

Persepolis emerge victorious in Middle East football clash

Blog: Tehran's Persepolis drew with Doha's Al-Sadd in the Asian Champions League, sending them through on aggregate ...

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