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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

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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

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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

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Footballers join Sudan's anti-Bashir protests

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

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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.

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War-torn Libya misses out on Africa Cup place

Burundi, Tanzania, Namibia and Kenya will all take to the AFCON field, while Israel and Turkey both got their Euro 2020 campaigns off to a ...

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New Zealand Futsal community mourns Christchurch murder of keeper

The Middle East has turned this week to New Zealand, where a horrific terror attack in a mosque took the lives of 50 people.

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AFC clash shows Palestine's footballing development

No AFC Cup match had ever been played in the occupied Palestinian territories, until Jordanian champions Al-Wehdat this week took on Palestine's ...

Even Algerian football fans protested against Bouteflika

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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 ...

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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 ...

Iranian rivalry erupts: This week in Middle East football

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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 champions book their place in AFC Cup

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Palestinian champions book their place in AFC Cup

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

Final whistle blows for Asian Cup 2019

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Final whistle blows for Asian Cup 2019

Asian Cup 2019: Qatar, the unlikely victors, have proven all critics wrong and paved the path to the 2022 World Cup.

Asian Cup 2019: Qatar delivers humiliating blow to UAE

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Asian Cup 2019: Qatar delivers humiliating blow to UAE

'Football's Gulf War', 'The Blockade Derby,' you name it, Qatar won it, thrashing the UAE 4-0 in the Arab Derby in Abu Dhabi to reach the Asian ...

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Asian Cup 2019: Iran bow out after Japan thrashing

The Blue Samurais will face the winner of the Arab Derby in Abu Dhabi in the 2019 Asian Cup final.

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Asian Cup 2019: Qatar v UAE preview

Both teams have surprised many in reaching this stage of the tournament.

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Asian Cup 2019: Iran's giants topple Chinese wall

Team Melli smashed through China's defences to claim their place in the Asian Cup 2019 semi-finals with a decisive 3-0 win.

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Asian Cup 2019: Qatar through to quarter-finals

Qatar beats Iraq 1-0 to make it through to the quarter-finals while Bahrain loses to South Korea sending them home.

Asian Cup 2019: UAE advances to quarter-finals

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Asian Cup 2019: UAE advances to quarter-finals

Host nation UAE advance to the quarter-finals after beating Kyrgyzstan, while Saudi Arabia heads home after losing to Japan.

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Asian Cup 2019: Iran see off Oman

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

Asian Cup 2019: Qatar victorious in Gulf blockade derby

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Asian Cup 2019: Qatar victorious in Gulf blockade derby

A 2-0 win against Saudi Arabia put Qatar to the top of the qualifying group.

Asia Cup 2019: Iran and Iraq in goalless stalemate

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Asia Cup 2019: Iran and Iraq in goalless stalemate

The energy on display between the old rivals showed Asia's real football is played in Mesopotamia and Persia.

Asian Cup 2019: Palestine attack Jordan in waves

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Asian Cup 2019: Palestine attack Jordan in waves

Syria drops out of the tournament, and Palestine are left clinging on, waiting on today's results.

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