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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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Rivalries and relegation: This week in Middle East football

25 April, 2017

As football seasons in the Middle East draw to a close, tensions were high as teams played in the Arab world's own El Clasicos bringing tears and heartbreak.

Royals and underdogs: This week in Middle East football

10 April, 2017

Blog: The opening of April officially took Middle Eastern football into the season's closing moments, writes Uri Levy.

Balls and brawls: This week in Middle East football

03 April, 2017

Blog: A return to club football after the international break brings Al-Ahli's first trophy of the season, and chaos in Amman, writes Uri Levy.

World Cup qualifiers: This week in Middle East football

28 March, 2017

National teams were focused on their attempts to qualify for the 2018 World Cup in Russia, with the Syrian regime using the occasion to win PR points.

Elections and equalisers: This week in Middle East football

21 March, 2017

A titan in African football was felled this week, as Ahmed Ahmed took over the presidency of the African Confederation of Football.

Bans and breakthroughs: This week in Middle East football

12 March, 2017

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

08 March, 2017

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

Winds of change? This week in Middle East football

27 February, 2017

Political, ethnic, local and religious rivalries came to the fore in this week's football action, while Syria's national team coach is reportedly attempting to bring about some unity.

An Arab renaissance: This week in Middle East football

19 February, 2017

UAE has topped the football table in Asia, Iraq is looking to have a FIFA ban on hosting international games lifted, while there were some surprises in the Palestine Cup.

Europa League: Turkish giants Beşiktaş beat Israel's Be'er Sheva

17 February, 2017

The first leg of the ‘Ottoman Derby’ in the Europa League concluded with an impressive Turkish victory over the Israeli champions from the Negev desert.

Europa League preview: Turkish giants face Israel's Be'er Sheva

16 February, 2017

In the most Middle Eastern match-up in the Europa League's history, Besiktas fans are heading to the town where the Ottomans made their last stand a century ago...

Clash of titans: This week in Middle East football

15 February, 2017

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 thousands of raucous fans.

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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