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In his new unofficial role as a football pundit, Israel's prime minister attempted to pull on the heart strings of the Iranian people, in new efforts for regime change.

Blog: All the teams from the Middle East are on their way home - but what a few weeks it has been.

<em>Ronaldo</em> begs rowdy Iran fans to let him sleep

The New Arab & agencies

Ronaldo begs rowdy Iran fans to let him sleep

Hundreds of Iranian football fans gathered outside the Portugal team's hotel and tried to stop them sleeping ahead of Monday's decisive World Cup match prompting a telling off by Ronaldo

Belgium demolish Tunisia dashing Arab World Cup hopes

Uri Levy

Belgium demolish Tunisia dashing Arab World Cup hopes

With three Arab teams in Russia already eliminated from the 2018 World Cup, the last Arab representative Tunisia tried to save some of the ...

#WorldCup: Wonder Wednesday turns woeful with losing streak

Uri Levy

#WorldCup: Wonder Wednesday turns woeful with losing streak

World Cup 2018: Despite strong performances from Saudi Arabia, Morocco, and Iran, the Middle Eastern teams couldn't catch a break in their ...

Uri Levy

World Cup: Iran tops group, Egypt suffers without Salah

The most Middle East World Cup ever has kicked off, with Iran currently topping Group B and Egypt suffering without Mo Salah, writes Uri Levy in Russia.

The New Arab & agencies

Zidane makes shock resignation as Real Madrid coach

Real Madrid coach Zinedine Zidane has announced his resignation just days after winning the Champions League.

Mohamed ElMeshad

Mo Salah: Necessary hero or opium for the masses?

Comment: Could Mo Salah's megastar status protect him enough to speak out against the atrocities in Gaza? asks Mohamed el-Meshad.

Uri Levy

Mo Salah breaks Premier League record

The kid from Nagib is now European football's brightest star

Salah's plane sailing: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Salah's plane sailing: This week in Middle East football

Let's hope the row over using Salah's image on an Egyptian jet doesn't derail his season.

Uri Levy

Yemen does the impossible: This week's Middle East football

A rare moment of joy for Yemen as the war-battered country celebrates its biggest football achievement ever, writes Uri Levy.

Saudi minister's tweet angers football star Mo Salah's fans

The New Arab

Saudi minister's tweet angers football star Mo Salah's fans

Saudi Arabia's sports minister enraged supporters of Egyptian football star Mohamed Salah, in the official's latest brush with controversy.

<em>Cristiano</em> <em>Ronaldo</em> sends message of solidarity to Syrian children

The New Arab

Cristiano Ronaldo sends message of solidarity to Syrian children

World footballer of the year Cristiano Ronaldo has spoken out against a brutal bombardment by the Syrian regime and ally ...

Meeting Lukasz Gikiewicz: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Meeting Lukasz Gikiewicz: This week in Middle East football

Blog: The Polish striker has been making headlines with his impressive score rate. He spoke to Uri Levy for The New Arab.

Saudi woman divorces husband who beat her over <em>Ronaldo</em>

The New Arab

Saudi woman divorces husband who beat her over Ronaldo

A Saudi woman files for divorce after her husband assaulted her for cheering on Portuguese football star Cristiano Ronaldo.

The New Arab

Cristiano Ronaldo baffles the world with Egyptian Steel endorsement

The world's highest paid footballer Cristiano Ronaldo has bizarrely put his name to Cairo-based Egyptian Steel, revealed in an advert posted on his Twitter page earlier this week.

The New Arab & agencies

World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attacks

Spanish and world leaders condemned the attacks, expressing outrage and solidarity with the victims.

Habibulah Mohamed Lamin

On target: Ronaldo's Moroccan investment hat trick

With plans for three Moroccan mega-projects, there are high hopes that the Real Madrid superstar's investments will boost tourism and the ...

The New Arab

Angelina Jolie to star in series on Syrian refugees

Jolie will be joined by football star Cristiano Ronaldo and Lebanese singer Nancy Ajram to feature on Turkish TV series about ...

Inside Douma: A desperate portrait of life in Syria

Ben Jacobs

Inside Douma: A desperate portrait of life in Syria

Exclusive: A city of amputees, back-street abortions and chemical weapons-massacres is also a city of survivors, and their hope, reports Ben ...

Sarah Khalil

Six Arab films that should be at the Oscars

Every year a few critically acclaimed productions from the MENA region go unnoticed by the Academy, and 2017 is no exception.

Camerawoman who kicked Syrian refugees in Hungary gets probation

The New Arab & agencies

Camerawoman who kicked Syrian refugees in Hungary gets probation

A court in southern Hungary sentenced Petra Laszlo to three years probation after she was found guilty of vandalism for kicking a Syrian refugee ...

'You are the true heroes,' <em>Ronaldo</em> tells Syrian children

The New Arab

'You are the true heroes,' Ronaldo tells Syrian children

Real Madrid player Cristiano Ronaldo has recorded a heartfelt video message for Syrian children, telling them not to lose hope ...

Qatar sprints to join premier league of footballing nations

Raphael le Magoariec

Qatar sprints to join premier league of footballing nations

How Qatar has embarked on a journey to become a global sporting hub through a rigorous training and sports-promotion strategy

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