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Football clubs in the Middle East are winding down after a grueling 2017-18 campaign, with some surprise teams among the familiar names lifting regional league trophies.

The announcement comes one day before Roma plays in the Champions League semi-final, one of Roma's biggest games in decades.

Talk of Cairo: This week in Middle East football

Uri Levy

Talk of Cairo: This week in Middle East football

Egypt has taken centre stage in football, with Mo Salah continuing to increase his remarkable goal scoring tally while a new Egyptian star has angered Al-Ahly loyalists.

Cristiano Ronaldo 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 Russia of the ...

In a suspicious world, Middle East arts flourish

Jordan Elgrably

In a suspicious world, Middle East arts flourish

It's refreshing to remember that the terrorists depicted in western media and entertainment as modern-day bogeymen represent but an ...

Uri Levy

International transfer drama: This week in Middle East football

In football, January means one thing - the international transfer window, which means rumours, names, speculation and fantasy.

Uri Levy

Banking on success: This week in Middle East football

Egyptian banks have announced new loans and services for fans to help boost support for the national team during next year's World Cup in Russia.

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UAE's Club World Cup closes with Real Madrid win

Champions of the world's biggest continental trophies met head-to-head in the UAE this week, with Real Madrid lifting the ...

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, ...

Saudi woman divorces husband who beat her over Ronaldo

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.

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 ...

International football legends in Iraq for historic all-star match

The New Arab & agencies

International football legends in Iraq for historic all-star match

The Iraqi city of Basra saw 65,000 football-mad spectators enjoy a thrilling 90-minute spectacle featuring international legends and Iraq's own ...

Cristiano Ronaldo baffles the world with Egyptian Steel endorsement

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 ...

Innocent Iraqi boys swept up in IS child-soldier hunt

Marta Bellingreri

Innocent Iraqi boys swept up in IS child-soldier hunt

Exclusive: Hundreds of teenage boys have been rounded up by Iraqi troops in Mosul, where they now face military trials, accused of being Islamic ...

Night of eerie silence in Barcelona after car rampage

The New Arab & agencies

Night of eerie silence in Barcelona after car rampage

In the city of 1.6 million people, where nine million tourists come to stay every year, Barcelona has been shaken by the first attack on Spanish ...

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.

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Football star Roberto Carlos in Cairo to promote tourism

Former Brazil and Real Madrid star Roberto Carlos landed in Cairo on Wednesday to promote Egypt's struggling tourism sector.

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Egyptians feel Meh about Christiano Ronaldo's overhyped 'green-screen ad'

Many Egyptians were disappointed by Christiano Ronaldo's much-anticipated ad after it turned out it was made using a body double, a green ...

The New Arab

French head to polls for watershed 'globalist-vs-nationalist' presidential elections

Polls opened on Sunday morning for French voters to choose between centrist Emmanuel Macron and far-right leader Marine Le Pen a new president.

On target: Ronaldo's Moroccan investment hat trick

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 ...

Uri Levy

Rivalries and relegation: This week in Middle East football

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 ...

Spanish police raid Assad family's assets

The New Arab & agencies

Spanish police raid Assad family's assets

The raids, in the Puerto Banus marina area of the plush resort of Marbella, are the result of a corruption investigation launched in France ...

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 ...

'You are the true heroes,' Ronaldo 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 ...

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