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Jerusalem has been the focus for many in the Middle East this week - and the same was true in the world of football, writes Uri Levy.

Syria's Omar Khribin is named Asian Player of the Year as the region gears up for two Middle Eastern derbies following the World Cup draw.

Heartbreak and golden-boys: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Heartbreak and golden-boys: This week in Middle East football

In the Asian Championship League, Arabs received heartbreaking news this week with Al-Hilal's dramatic loss, but on the other side of the world, Egyptian golden boy Mohammad Salah is compensating.

History makes itself: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

History makes itself: This week in Middle East football

For the first time in football history, Palestine will beat Israel in the FIFA rankings, as the country sees a resurgence in confidence on the ...

Russia 2018: The most Arab World Cup ever?

Uri Levy

Russia 2018: The most Arab World Cup ever?

With five nations from across the Middle East confirmed for the 2018 World Cup,

Uri Levy

Champions of Africa: This week in Middle East football

Moroccans celebrated late into the night as Wydad Casablanca defied naysayers and thumped Egypt's al-Ahly in Africa's premier continental football tournament.

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Morocco football club lift Africa Champions League trophy

Wydad Casablanca overcame Egypt giants al-Ahly in Africa's premier football club tournament in a closely fought game on Saturday, bringing the ...

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.

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.

Back to earth: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Back to earth: This week in Middle East football

Syria's national team stars return to club action, but continue to shine - with some attracting attention from bigger teams abroad, despite ...

Uri Levy

World Cup qualifying: This week in Middle East football

Blog: Expectation, hope, drama, tears, disappointment and joy - all part of this week's spectacular World Cup week for Arab national teams, ...

Palestine thrash Bhutan 10-0, in historic football performance

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Palestine thrash Bhutan 10-0, in historic football performance

Palestine played Bhutan in a ten goal thriller near Hebron, which saw all the balls going into the away team's net securing a historic victory.

Road to Russia: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Road to Russia: This week in Middle East football

Saudi Arabian giants al-Hilal have become the seventh most-followed football team on Twitter, while Syrians remain divided on whether to follow ...

Arabs leading Africa: This week in Middle Eastern football

Uri Levy

Arabs leading Africa: This week in Middle Eastern football

Blog: All four teams in the continent's top club competition are from north African nations, writes Uri Levy.

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Home ties: This week in Middle East football

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

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 Levy

Uri Levy

2018 World Cup qualifiers bring drama to Middle East

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

Uri Levy

Not so neutral: This week in Middle East football

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

Uri Levy

Morocco's Abdelhamid Sabiri joins the Premier League

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

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 ...

Chaos and cups: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Chaos and cups: This week in Middle East football

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

Let women watch: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Let women watch: This week in Middle East football

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 ...

The Twitter tournament: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

The Twitter tournament: This week in Middle East football

Blog: The Arab Club Championship represents a serious mark for sports broadcasting as it becomes the first football tournament to be broadcast ...

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