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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.

Champions of the world's biggest continental trophies met head-to-head in the UAE this week, with Real Madrid lifting the trophy and Emirati side al-Jazeera bowing out at fourth.

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.

Saudi woman divorces husband who beat her over Ronaldo

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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.

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 ...

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 football stars in efforts to lift the country's FIFA ban.

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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 ...

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 ...

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 ...

World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attacks World voices solidarity with Spain after terror attacks

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.

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

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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 ...

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

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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 ...

Rivalries and relegation: This week in Middle East football

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 ...

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 against Assad's uncle, Rifaat al-Assad.

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 ...

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 ...

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

Something colonial: Can Zionism be fixed?

Dr. Ramzy Baroud

Something colonial: Can Zionism be fixed?

Comment: Israeli policy remains driven by Zionism, and the country refuses to move from a 19th century colonial enterprise into a modern, ...

Zouhir al-Shimale

Aleppo: A quiet day amid the storm of chaos

Blog: As a ceasefire briefly takes hold, Zouhir al-Shimale shares a typical day in Syria's city under siege.

Karim Benzema blames anti-Arab racism for Euro '16 exclusion

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Karim Benzema blames anti-Arab racism for Euro '16 exclusion

The Real Madrid striker unleashed a new storm of controversy by saying French coach Didier Deschamps had “bowed to pressure ...

Euro 2016 possible IS target, German spy chief warns

The New Arab

Euro 2016 possible IS target, German spy chief warns

IS has Euro 2016 "in its sights", although no concrete plans to attack football fans have emerged, Germany’s intelligence chief has warned.

<em>Real</em> <em>Madrid</em> mourns Iraqi fans killed in IS attack

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Real Madrid mourns Iraqi fans killed in IS attack

Real Madrid players will honour 16 fans killed in an IS attack on a football cafe in central Iraq by wearing wear black ...

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