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Uri Levy (@Levyninho) run the popular football blog BabaGol (@babagol_), which covers football and politics focusing on the Middle East

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Home ties: This week in Middle East football

20 September, 2017

Despite reaching the World Cup finals, Saudi Arabia's manager, Bert van Marwikj, has been unceremoniously sacked for refusing to relocate to the conservative kingdom, writes Uri Levy.

Games not war: This week in Middle East football

11 September, 2017

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 Levy

2018 World Cup qualifiers bring drama to Middle East

06 September, 2017

The Middle Eastern World Cup qualifiers have proven to be a fascinating football scenario, mixing both football, politics, culture and history.

Not so neutral: This week in Middle East football

29 August, 2017

The latest from this week's Asian Champions League quarterfinals.

Morocco's Abdelhamid Sabiri joins the Premier League

23 August, 2017

This 20-year-old striker is a little-known talent that has yet to play in any international or top-level matches, notes Uri Levy.

Bidding wars: This week in Middle East football

20 August, 2017

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 football back to America.

#NoBan4OurPlayers: This week in Middle East football

16 August, 2017

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

Chaos and cups: This week in Middle East football

07 August, 2017

Blog: A tempestuous end to the Arab Club Championship, Iranian players facing social media enmity over playing Israelis and the Palestine Cup goes to Gaza, writes Uri Levy.

Let women watch: This week in Middle East football

31 July, 2017

Blog: The finals of the Arab Club Championship are almost here, while in Iran, the campaign to allow women enter sports stadiums takes a giant step forward, writes Uri Levy.

The Twitter tournament: This week in Middle East football

26 July, 2017

Blog: The Arab Club Championship represents a serious mark for sports broadcasting as it becomes the first football tournament to be broadcast live on Twitter, writes Uri Levy.

Transfers and tribulations: This week in Middle East football

19 July, 2017

Blog: What impact will the Gulf blockade have on Qatar's World Cup? Rumours of demands made of FIFA, as well as usual transfer speculation, has fuelled headlines, writes Uri Levy.

Politics on pitch: This week in Middle East football

12 July, 2017

Blog: Football is a sport played on a level playing field, but in the Middle East and Africa, it is common to see politics take control, writes Uri Levy.

Uri Levy
Uri Levy

Uri Levy (@Levyninho) run the popular football blog BabaGol (@babagol_), which covers football and politics focusing on the Middle East

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