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A Jordanian Judo practitioner has refused to compete against an Israeli at an international tournament in the latest act of boycott against Israeli athletes.

Comment: Pakistan's new prime minister Imran Khan hopes to avoid taking sides in the divisive politics of the Gulf region, but that's no easy task, writes Fazzur Rahman.

Egypt’s legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary retires from international <em>football</em>

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Egypt’s legendary goalkeeper Essam El-Hadary retires from international football

The 45-year-old footballer was the oldest ever soccer player to play in a World Cup match.

Pyramids FC: Meet Cairo's new mega-club

Uri Levy

Pyramids FC: Meet Cairo's new mega-club

How can a brand new Egyptian team be in the same spending leagues as AC Milan, Marseille, Porto and a host of Chinese clubs? Meet Pyramids FC...

Sven to coach Iraq's national <em>football</em> team?

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Sven to coach Iraq's national football team?

The veteran Swede is poised to take the Lions of Mesopotamia to the 2019 AFC Asian Cup after an improved offer was approved by Iraq's ...

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Iraq national squad to play first-ever West Bank match

Iraq's national team will travel to the West Bank on Thursday ahead of a friendly game with the Palestinian national squad in Ramallah.

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Ahed Tamimi: No regrets after release from Israeli prison

Following her release, Ahed Tamimi said she didn't do anything wrong that she regrets, and that her life has changed a lot.

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Iran superstar heads to the premiership in record fee

The most expensive Iranian player of all time is heading for England's Premier League with Brighton and Hove Albion.

Uri Levy

Özil's departure raises larger questions

With his departure from the German national squad, Mesut Ozil has delivered an important message about the tensions facing many footballers in ...

Scottish comedian bombarded by Rangers fans' anti-Qatar tweets

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Scottish comedian bombarded by Rangers fans' anti-Qatar tweets

A group of Rangers fans of Twitter have bombarded a Scottish comedian with questions on whether she would protest a visit to the UK of Qatar ...

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Turkey's Erdogan decries 'racist attitude' against Ozil

Erdogan: "truly unacceptable that a young man who has given everything to the German national team is facing such a racist attitude because of ...

Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder quits Germany over 'racism'

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Mesut Ozil: Arsenal midfielder quits Germany over 'racism'

Arsenal star Mesut Ozil retired from the German national team on Sunday, after facing racism and disrespect over his dual nationality.

FIFA fines Egypt over prohibited World Cup game

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FIFA fines Egypt over prohibited World Cup game

The football governing body has shown Egypt the red card over a warm-up game.

Japan's Arabic speaking ambassador wins Iraqi hearts and minds

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Japan's Arabic speaking ambassador wins Iraqi hearts and minds

While foreign diplomats often struggle to win over ordinary Iraqis, Japan's departing ambassador has stolen hearts - thanks to witty social ...

Saudi newspaper 'forgets' the next World Cup in Qatar

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Saudi newspaper 'forgets' the next World Cup in Qatar

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

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Maradona: 'In my heart, I am Palestinian'

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.

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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.

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Kabul hosts Palestine football friendly match

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

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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.

Egypt planning 2030 World Cup bid despite economic woes

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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 ...

Egypt blames Muslim Brotherhood for poor World Cup performance

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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 ...

Egypt <em>football</em>-star apologises for selfie with Israeli fan

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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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