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The Al-Sadd manager said he tested positive for the novel coronavirus on Saturday.

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

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.

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.

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 ...

Uri Levy

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 Cup 2019 final.

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.

Uri Levy

Clash of the Middle East's super-clubs

Blog: Tehran's Persepolis and Doha's Al-Sadd vie for a spot in the Asian Champions League final, while a small Iraqi club tries to emulate ...

Uri Levy

Qatari teams notch vital wins in Asian Champions League

The Asian Champions League has returned to action after a long break, and this week has been all about the Qatari teams...

Qatar Airways becomes Roma's new shirt sponsor

The New Arab & agencies

Qatar Airways becomes Roma's new shirt sponsor

The announcement comes one day before Roma plays in the Champions League semi-final, one of Roma's biggest games in decades.

The New Arab & agencies

Tunisia star striker Msakni ruled out of World Cup

Youssef Mskani has been ruled out of the international tournament in Russia after suffering an injury in his last league game of the season.

Soccer breaks through the blockade of Qatar

Anthony Harwood

Soccer breaks through the blockade of Qatar

The Champions League of the Asian Football Confederation could be an opportunity for mutual respect amid the blockade on Qatar, writes Anthony ...

Games not war: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Games not war: This week in Middle East football

If the Palestinians win the next three games, and if Israel loses to Spain, the FIFA global rankings are likely to shock the world, writes Uri ...

Dozens dead, injured in two Spanish seaside city attacks Dozens dead, injured in two Spanish seaside city attacks

The New Arab & agencies

Dozens dead, injured in two Spanish seaside city attacks

Drivers ploughed into pedestrians in two quick-succession, separate attacks in Barcelona and another popular Spanish seaside city, leaving at ...

British boxer shows support for Qatar after winning title

The New Arab

British boxer shows support for Qatar after winning title

A British boxer has shown support for the Gulf state of Qatar, which is under blockade by four Arab countries, as he resoundingly won a title ...

The New Arab

Barcelona star: World Cup will bring Qatar 'happiness'

Hosting the World Cup in 2022 will bring "a lot of happiness" to the people of Qatar, Barcelona defender Jordi Alba has said from Doha.

Uri Levy

Jerusalem to Doha: This week in Middle East football

Catch up on the most important developments in Middle Eastern football this week

Uri Levy

Clash of titans: This week in Middle East football

The capitals of Iraq and Iran were both ignited by two local derbies, which brought more than just football to stadiums packed with tens of ...

The New Arab

Football legend Xavi extends Qatar contract by one year

Football legend Xavi Hernandez has extended his contract with Qatar's al-Sadd until the end of the 2017-18 season, the club announced ...

Good news and tragedy in Mideast football this week

Uri Levy

Good news and tragedy in Mideast football this week

Last night, Middle Eastern football weekend closed with a tragedy.

The New Arab

International football star Xavi to inspire refugee children

Spanish footballer Xavi Hernandez will head to Jordan this week as part of a campaign to help inspire refugee children through football.

Football star <em>Xavi</em> donates his yacht to save refugees

The New Arab

Football star Xavi donates his yacht to save refugees

Former Barcelona midfielder Xavi Hernandez has donated his yacht to be auctioned off to fund a charity dedicated to saving refugees in ...

La Liga's first Qatari: Afif set for Spanish move

The New Arab

La Liga's first Qatari: Afif set for Spanish move

Breaking football transfer tradition, 19-year-old striker Akram Afif is set to move to Spain after signing with Villarreal, making him the first ...

Xavi's The New Arab interview 'flatters' Algerian footballer Mahrez

The New Arab

Xavi's The New Arab interview 'flatters' Algerian footballer Mahrez

The footballing pride of Algeria Riyad Mahrez has weighed in on comments Spanish legend Xavi told The New Arab that Mahrez could play ...

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