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The Saudi-led anti-Qatar agenda has spared nothing, from hajj to sports, with the World Cup the latest target of pro-Riyadh media.

Football legend and longtime supporter of the Palestinian cause Diego Maradona has told PA President Mahmoud Abbas 'I am Palestinian' during a short encounter in Moscow.

Russia hands over World Cup mantle to Qatar

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Russia hands over World Cup mantle to Qatar

Russia has officially passed the mantle of the World Cup host to Qatar as they prepare to host the 2022 tournament.

Kabul hosts Palestine <em>football</em> friendly match

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Kabul hosts Palestine football friendly match

Kabul will host Palestine in a football friendly to mark Afghanistan's independence day.

#WorldCup2018: The Palestinian team that could have been

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#WorldCup2018: The Palestinian team that could have been

A visualisation of a Palestinian 'starting 11' highlights the brutal effect of Israeli occupation on talented young players.

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Egypt planning 2030 World Cup bid despite economic woes

Despite a severe austerity drive, Egypt wants to become the second African country to host the international football tournament.

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Palestinians have clear favourite in Sweden-England match

"I can't imagine a Palestinian supporting England, which created the Balfour Agreement, or not supporting the country that stood before the ...

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Egypt blames Muslim Brotherhood for poor World Cup performance

The head of the Egyptian football federation has blamed the poor performance of the national team during the World Cup in Russia on the ...

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Egypt football-star apologises for selfie with Israeli fan

Former Egyptian football star Mohamed Aboutrika has apologised after he unwittingly took a photo with an Israeli fan during the World ...

Egypt's World Cup: A spectacular own goal for Sisi

Robert Springborg

Egypt's World Cup: A spectacular own goal for Sisi

Comment: Sisi's attempt to co-opt Mo Salah and the Egyptian team has had disastrous consequences for everyone, writes Robert Springborg.

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Algeria, Morocco, Tunisia 'considering joint World Cup 2030 bid'

A Maghrebi Mondial in 2030? Algeria's sports minister hints at a shared World Cup with North African neighbours Tunisia and Morocco

Iran stopped Ronaldo's goal, now topple the government: Netanyahu

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Iran stopped Ronaldo's goal, now topple the government: Netanyahu

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

Tunisia World Cup reporter blocks Israel flag-wearing fans' photobomb

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Tunisia World Cup reporter blocks Israel flag-wearing fans' photobomb

A Tunisian reporter covering the World Cup in Russia has prevented football fans wearing Israeli flags from appearing on camera during ...

Tunisia exits World Cup after 2-1 win over Panama

Uri Levy

Tunisia exits World Cup after 2-1 win over Panama

Blog: The Tunisians beat Panama 2-1 on the final day of the group stage action, giving them their second World Cup match win since 1978.

Rouhani calls for unity in face of economic woes

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Rouhani calls for unity in face of economic woes

Iran has faced mounting economic woes since the United States in May pulled out of a 2015 nuclear accord between Tehran and world powers.

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Love for Salah offers refuge from World Cup exit

Egypt's disappointing World Cup run plunged a nation already fatigued by economic hardship and political woes deeper into misery.

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Israeli winemaker under fire over racism against Ethiopian employees

Ethiopian Jews have long been known to have suffered extensive discrimination inside Israel.

Uri Levy

Russia 2018: It was fun while it lasted

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

Anthony Harwood

Saudi Arabia plays dirty but cries foul anyway

Comment: At its first World Cup match, Saudi Arabia complained of mixing politics with sport, but SWAFF, its new footballing federation, is ...

World Cup LIVEBLOG: Tunisia v Panama

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World Cup LIVEBLOG: Tunisia v Panama

Don't miss a moment in Russia2018 asTunisia and Panama battle it out in Group G. Keep refreshing this page for updates.

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World Cup LIVEBLOG: Spain v Morocco

Don't miss a moment in Russia2018 as Spain and Morocco battle it out in Group B. Keep refreshing this page for updates.

Ronaldo begs rowdy Iran fans to let him sleep

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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 ...

Egypt FA denies Mo Salah considering quitting team

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Egypt FA denies Mo Salah considering quitting team

Sources close to the Liverpool forward had claimed Mo Salah is unhappy over being used as a 'political' pawn in a meeting with Chechen leader ...

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 ...

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