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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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Xavi's final game: This week in Middle East football

25 May, 2019

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

16 May, 2019

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

Spain in Saudi: This week in Middle East football

30 April, 2019

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

25 April, 2019

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

Lebanese football team refuses to play in Palestine

22 April, 2019

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

War-torn Libya misses out on Africa Cup place

02 April, 2019

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 flying start.

New Zealand Futsal community mourns Christchurch murder of keeper

21 March, 2019

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

AFC clash shows Palestine's footballing development

14 March, 2019

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

Even Algerian football fans protested against Bouteflika

12 March, 2019

Across Algeria, fans showed the football community cannot remain indifferent to politics and social events, chanting against Bouteflika's now-cancelled bid for re-election.

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

26 February, 2019

Javad Zarif came under attack earlier this month, after Esteghlal Tehran's right-back and Iranian national team defender Voria Ghafouri took to social media to criticise the then-foreign minister.

Iranian rivalry erupts: This week in Middle East football

20 February, 2019

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

14 February, 2019

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

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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