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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.

Sergio Ricardo spent years playing for clubs in the Middle East, notably in Saudi Arabia, and on Wednesday converted to Islam in the company of former El-Ittihad star Mohammad Suwaid.

Middle East football season ends in fever pitch

Uri Levy

Middle East football season ends in fever pitch

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

Even Algerian football fans protested against Bouteflika

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.

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

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 ...

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 to the coveted finals.

Netanyahu and Ahed: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Netanyahu and Ahed: This week in Middle East football

Blog: The Israeli leader described al-Ahed FC as a missile silo for Hizballah - but how is Lebanon's biggest club connected with the Shia ...

Uri Levy

Al-Masry's gifted Gazan: This week in Middle Eastern football

Also: the Saudis go on a sacking spree, and Middle Eastern football giants come to a head in the Asian Champions League.

Football comes home: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Football comes home: This week in Middle East football

A Saudi cup clash took part in London this weekend, with some interesting talking points for fans of the kingdom's two biggest clubs.

Pyramids FC: Meet Cairo's new mega-club

Uri Levy

Pyramids FC: Meet Cairo's new mega-club

How can a brand new Egyptian team be in the same spending leagues as AC Milan, Marseille, Porto and a host of Chinese clubs? Meet Pyramids FC...

Tears and trophies: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Tears and trophies: This week in Middle East football

Football clubs in the Middle East are winding down after a grueling 2017-18 campaign, with some surprise teams among the familiar names lifting ...

International transfer drama: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

International transfer drama: This week in Middle East football

In football, January means one thing - the international transfer window, which means rumours, names, speculation and fantasy.

Uri Levy

Saudi women welcome: This week in Middle East football

Women made history in Saudi Arabia this week, entering football stadia for the first time in the nation's history - but many fans stayed away, writes Uri Levy.

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First female football fans enter Saudi stadiums

Friday marks a landmark in Saudi Arabia's programme of modernising reforms, with women attending their first football match in the conservative ...

Uri Levy

Countdown to Casablanca: This week in Middle East football

Egypt's Al Ahly Cairo and Morocco's Wydad Casablanca are vying for the African Champions League trophy, writes Uri Levy.

Uri Levy

Hola, Saudi Arabia: This week in Middle East football

Blog: Saudi Arabia is hoping a stint for its national players in Spanish teams will help its World Cup chances, writes Uri Levy.

Bidding wars: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Bidding wars: This week in Middle East football

Morocco has thrown its hat into the ring to host the 2026 World Cup, but face a challenge from a US-Canada-Mexico super-bloc who want to bring ...

Uri Levy

#NoBan4OurPlayers: This week in Middle East football

While Iranian authorities mulled over whether two national team players deserved a lifetime ban, Western media outlets jumped the gun and ...

Career or country? This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Career or country? This week in Middle East football

Blog: Kenny Saief, the Israeli-Druze midfielder, has chosen to represent the United States, while a summer of transfers awaits, writes Uri Levy.

Bans and breakthroughs: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Bans and breakthroughs: This week in Middle East football

Politics and football collided this week as Iraqi-American footballer Justin Meram was wrapped up in Donald Trump's Muslim ban this week.

Algeria's epic clash: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Algeria's epic clash: This week in Middle East football

From Algeria to Saudi Arabia, catch up on the clashes of football titans in the Middle East and North Africa this week.

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